This year’s Israel Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan featured scouts in khaki. Realizing as I did that clothing styles in both Israel & the Jewish community at large have shifted more conservatively in the past few decades, I wasn’t surprised to see the lead scouts, male & female, wearing trousers. 

It was, to be perfectly honest, a trifle disheartening. Especially when one considers that in decades past none would have sported long trousers.

So it was especially nice to see this group arrive wearing little khaki short pants, not to mention the Doc Martins on one girl that put a stylish exclamation to her ensemble.

Israel Day Parade 2014 on Fifth Avenue.

Glorious proof that nice Jewish girls can also be nice shorts girls.

Long-sleeved sweaters set off tiny cut-offs & tennies perfectly in early June 2014 in Lower Manhattan

Long-sleeved sweaters set off tiny cut-offs & tennies perfectly in early June 2014 in Lower Manhattan

Enjoying the juxtaposition of great style & bare legs at Union Square Park, June 2014

Enjoying the juxtaposition of great style & bare legs at Union Square Park, June 2014

Floral shorts have become a major part of the high-waisted shorts style in the past few years. They do a good job of combining radical comfort with a fit that’s flattering to many different body types while avoiding some of the pitfalls of high-waisted denim—e.g. mom shorts. Here’s an example from Washington Square Park on Mother’s Day 2014 that hits all the right notes

Floral shorts have become a major part of the high-waisted shorts style in the past few years. They do a good job of combining radical comfort with a fit that’s flattering to many different body types while avoiding some of the pitfalls of high-waisted denim—e.g. mom shorts. 

Here’s an example from Washington Square Park on Mother’s Day 2014 that hits all the right notes

There is really no excuse whatever for your humble correspondent’s absence from this work of love. It’s been, as George H once wrote, a long cold lonely winter, sure, but only in one part of one hemisphere. There are always things to write about & beautiful examples to portray. 

Really, the best way to start things up again is to start them up, so without further adieu….

Puerto Rico Day in NYC. My own personal favorite day of the season because, coming in early June, it usually signifies the end of seasonal ambivalence & the start of summer-like weather here on the wrong coast. 


Everlasting kudos to superstar shorts girl Sandra Bullock for demonstrating that age & status in the Industry are not relevant for the true shorts girl.

Everlasting kudos to superstar shorts girl Sandra Bullock for demonstrating that age & status in the Industry are not relevant for the true shorts girl.

Streethunter is a true shorts girl aficionado.

The above is just a sample of his available work. Check out his photostream on flickr.

Kickin’ shorts girl style in denim & plaid.

Kickin’ shorts girl style in denim & plaid.

Shorts girl style in the UK.
The true shorts girl looks great in monochromes, but when she brings on the colors she doesn’t satisfy with half-measures.

Shorts girl style in the UK.

The true shorts girl looks great in monochromes, but when she brings on the colors she doesn’t satisfy with half-measures.

While it’s been quite a few years since the shorts girl herself could be considered as anything but mainstream, fringe remains an issue of some variety among those who share her style.

Superior post-summer shorts girl style!
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Superior post-summer shorts girl style!

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Shorts girl style, Lower East Side in late October. 
By mid-October of this year New Yorkers were seen all over wearing overcoats, shawl, leggings, etc., despite daytime temps rarely dropping below the high fifties & most, direct sun that made heavy apparel feel like firefighter gear.
Doubtless many such are also the likely suspects behind sea of venom spewed all over fashion-related blogs, or comment sections that relate to seasonal apparel.
Pick a season, bitch! they carry on.
Suddenly the world is simple & conformity to the dictates of numbers on a grid too cool….

Shorts girl style, Lower East Side in late October.

By mid-October of this year New Yorkers were seen all over wearing overcoats, shawl, leggings, etc., despite daytime temps rarely dropping below the high fifties & most, direct sun that made heavy apparel feel like firefighter gear.

Doubtless many such are also the likely suspects behind sea of venom spewed all over fashion-related blogs, or comment sections that relate to seasonal apparel.

Pick a season, bitch! they carry on.

Suddenly the world is simple & conformity to the dictates of numbers on a grid too cool….

Mid-October shorts girl style in Manhattan, USA

I saw Robert Fuest’s 1970 thriller “And Soon the Darkness” not too long after it was released, probably early in ‘71 when I was thirteen & madly in love with its star, Pamela Franklin.  Pam’s style in the movies that I’d seen up to that point had consisted of moderately brief minidresses, not shorts.

Suddenly, here she was, sporting stylish, big-belted short shorts & a pale blue blouse that fit her torso like the answer to a prayer.

Nor was this another run-through, look-see, sure-she’s-got-the-goods-now-back-to-our-regular-programming moment. The entire film takes place over the course of several hours, thus her character, Jane, has no opportunity to change clothes.

Michele Doltrice, as Jane’s ill-fated companion, Cathy, holds up her end beautifully in tiny white shorts & a midriff baring blouse.

And Soon The Darkness, in contrast to the previously cited Zeus & Roxanne, isn’t a bad film at all. True, the screenplay strains to evoke Hitchcock, but Fuest evokes the late summer French countryside in ways I’ve never seen before since: alien, harsh, & utterly forbidding.

Best of all, Fuest’s camera loved Pamela & Michele’s legs almost as much as the teen leg fiend from Tujunga, CA