The “bermuda shorts”, also known as walking shorts or dress shorts originated with the British Army, to be worn in tropical and desert climates. They also got their name because of their popularity in Bermuda (British overseas territory), where the are actually considered business attire for men when made of suit-like material and worn with knee-length socks.
Over time, after Second World War, they became more popular and made also of bright colored materials, and started to be used also on casual occasions.
Nowadays, the bermuda shorts still resemble the old time ones, however have more variations in shape, fabric and colors, and are used by men as well as be women.
They came back as a strong trend for Spring 2013: DKNY, Rachel Zoe, Vera Wang, John Barlett, Rag & Bone, and Diane Von Furstenberg, among others designed some new and fun styles for their collections.
I honestly like this trend a lot because you can dress this kind shorts up or down as needed and make a modern and eclectic statement.
Some styles are slim and fitted (Vera Wang and Suno have some great slim styles), some are very slouchy ( DKNY has some denim ones that have that fun boyish look).
Here are some ideas…
I love both the slim and the slouchy one and depending on the occasion, pair with flats or wedges and even some platforms if I need a look for evening.
I also love the mis of boyish items with feminine ones – I think when you pair them you get a interesting, edgy look.
So, here are some more ideas on dressing the bermuda shorts up or down. You just have to choose the occasion!