Fashion Defined: Short Pants

Happy weekend ladies! Are you ready for another fashion defining adventure? Let's go!

   Once upon a time, I wanted short pants that weren't, well...shorts. I was glad to finally find some for this summer at a consignment store. They're jeans that hit me at my calf muscle and have a small notch on the outer seam. Because of my slender legs, they look better rolled up just below my knee, hence they appear shorter in these pictures than the actually are. I have called them capris and crop pants, but decided to find out for sure when writing a blog post including them (see here). I decided they were pedal pushers at the time, but it's not really as simple as that.

  Short pants come in many varieties. There are more kinds than I name here in this blog post, and the lines between the different varieties are often blurred! Let's get started unraveling the mystery of my new pair.

   To begin with, we have cropped pants. These end just above the ankle. My pants definitely are shorter than that. According to one source, cropped pants and short pants are interchangeable terms, but I would have to disagree...

  Next, we have capris,which were made popular by Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. The definition of these are a little more vague, but they always end below the knee. They can be mid-calf, shorter, or longer - the classic 50's style seems to be longer. A couple of sources mentioned that they sometimes have pants have notches!

  Pedal pushers come below the knee, and are so named because cyclists have ease of movement in them. One source claimed that they came to mid-calf, though other sources seem to have them as usually being shorter. They seem to be more casual than capris,  and often have a cuff. Sometimes, they are called clam diggers.

   In conclusion, short pants are confusing! Though top fashion designers probably have strict rules, the lines are blurred for the rest of us. As for my pants, I could probably call them either capris or pedal pushers and no one would fault me for it. ;) How about I call them pedal pushers when they're rolled up and capris when they're not?

What would you call my pants? 
Do you have any short pants? 
What about ideas for the next installment of Fashion Defined? 

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:6-7


  1. Glad you had the inspiration to look into this! :) now / know, along with everyone else ;) I think we're all benefiting from your research bug ;D interesting post - didn't know there were all different kinds of short pants.

    1. Haha, thanks! Yeah, who would have guessed it? :)


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