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

Shorts Girls in Cinema: Zeus & Roxanne

The true shorts girl aficionado must be, of all things, a realist. There are plenty of films celebrating the shorts girl that are good & well appreciated, such as Jurassic Park,

or films that have become obscured by time, but deserve another look, such as Coach with Cathy Lee Crosby filling the most amazing little shorts with her astonishing legs.

There are bad films that still have the capacity to charm with their unintended camp, such as Roger Corman’s “Swamp Women”.

Then there’s “Zeus & Roxanne”

A 1997 effort from a director named “George Miller” about whom IMDB carefully reminds readers is not the auteur of the “Mad Max” series.

& well they should.

"Zeus & Roxanne" is a terrible, lifeless, predictable movie with a story based on contrived & utterly predictable Hollywood cuteness masquerading as drama.

& yet it belongs in a place of honor in the cinema library of every shorts girl fan. Because in it Kathleen Quinlan wears short shorts quite a bit

& she looks amazing in them!

E.g., early on she’s on her way to her job as a marine biologist wearing little khaki shorts, which get stained by her neighbor’s (Steve Gutenberg, never more insipid) little dog. Nearly any other actress would have taken that opportunity to change into trousers—because we all know that no woman in a professional setting can be taken seriously unless she wears long trousers ‘cause that what a man would typically wear. 

Instead she reappears in denim short shorts.

Shannon K. Foley, as the comically malevolent Claude Carver’s assistant, also does her bit, & then some, in wonderfully fitted & professional-looking denim short shorts.

So keep an eye out at yard sales & swap meets for a $.99 copy of “Zeus & Roxanne.”

If your friends see it on your video library shelf & start to question your taste, then they probably don’t know you that well to begin with…

Late summer shorts girl style in Union Square Park, Manhattan. 
Note in particular the delightful contrast between bare arms on the young lady at left vs. the bare legs of her companion.

Late summer shorts girl style in Union Square Park, Manhattan.

Note in particular the delightful contrast between bare arms on the young lady at left vs. the bare legs of her companion.

Autumn shorts girl style—great color combination, beautiful smile, poise along with exquisite legs, only slightly discomfited by the smart phone in her left front pocket….

Autumn shorts girl style—great color combination, beautiful smile, poise along with exquisite legs, only slightly discomfited by the smart phone in her left front pocket….

Shorts girl styles at Brooklyn’s annual Atlantic Antic, 29 Sept

Seen in Brooklyn last weekend, Sept 29. 
Great autumn shorts girl style with boots, army jacket & plain denim cutoffs.

Seen in Brooklyn last weekend, Sept 29.

Great autumn shorts girl style with boots, army jacket & plain denim cutoffs.

fresh-voguex:

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Driving comfortably & sexy….

fresh-voguex:

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Driving comfortably & sexy….