Women’s Vintage Retro 1950s Shorts

Womens Vintage Retro 1950s Shorts

Early 50′s Short Shorts

The 1950′s decade was the first decade that embraced women wearing shorts for more than just beach wear. 1950′s Shorts came in several lengths and styles to fit a variety of leisure activities women enjoyed.

Womens Vintage Retro 1950s Shorts

Vintage Style Short Shorts

The shortest of the 1950s shorts were “short shorts.” These came to about 6 inches above the knee and had classic 1950′s high waists and side zippers. These shorts were mostly worn on the beaches,  or on naughty pin up models. Another name for these shorts is culottes. Culottes could be short or a bit longer and have wide leg openings that flair out from a tight waist and hip.

 

 

Womens Vintage Retro 1950s Shorts

3 lengths of 1950s shorts

Womens Vintage Retro 1950s Shorts

Bermuda Shorts

The most popular shorts length was the Bermuda short. These came to about 3 inches above the knee, again with high waists and side zip seams. They could fit rather loose and baggy just like pedal pusher pants, or more fitted and slimming (much like Bermuda shorts available today.)

 

 

Womens Vintage Retro 1950s Shorts

Clamdigger Shorts

The longest 1950′s shorts could also be called pants. Peddle pushers, also known as clam diggers, toreador pants, motor scooter slacks, calypso, and pirate pants all came to just below the knee with either wide straight legs or cuffed bottoms. These short pants were developed for cyclists who wanted the comfort of shorts and the safety of pants that wouldn’t tangle in bicycle chains.

 

Womens Vintage Retro 1950s Shorts

Ginger Rogers in Sport Shorts

All 1950′s shorts were inspired by casual sport and travel wear with materials suitable for warm weather days. Cotton and synthetic “wrinkle free” fabrics were the most popular.  Solid, tropical colors like lime green, sherbet orange, and Caribbean blue were in demand as well as checks and prints in the same color family. Think “tacky tourist” clothing and your not far off from 50′s summer fashion.

 

Womens Vintage Retro 1950s Shorts

1950′s Blouse

It was very common for women to buy a four piece matching clothing set with shirt, long pants, peddle pushers, and culotte shorts. This way women always had a matching outfit to wear for all kinds of  weather. If shirts didn’t match they were usually a light colored, short sleeve or sleeveless,  blouse.

 

What 1950′s shorts do you want to wear? Here are some new vintage inspired shorts and pants for your vintage wardrobe.

 

 

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Womens Vintage Retro 1950s Shorts
 

SALE! Navy Blue High Waisted Sailor Shorts

$32.00

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SALE! Navy Sailor Bop Shorts

$34.00

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Stretch Sateen Coordinates Bermuda Short

$11.97

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Denim High Waist Stretch Shorts

$75.00

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Red High Waist Super Stretch Button Down Shorts

$36.00

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Black High Waist Deckhand Shorts

$28.00

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Navy High Waist Deckhand Shorts

$28.00

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Beige Floral High Waist Amelia Shorts

$44.00

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SALE! Indigo High Waisted Anchor Shorts

$56.00

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Skylar Black High Waist Color Short

$10.00

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Juniors One Step Up Sailor Shorts with Black M, Snow White

$7.99

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Level 99 Sailor Short in Noble Black

$84.00

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Sailor Girl Black Shorts

$25.55

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Women's Sailor Shorts

$10.79

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Women's Denim Sailor Shorts

$13.79

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Guess Sailor Shorts

$79.00

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Junior's High-Waist Sailor Shorts

$19.99

Buy at: Sears

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BDG High-Rise Sailor Short - Ships Ahoy

$49.00

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ASOS High Waisted Shorts in Wide Stripe

$60.20

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ASOS High Waisted Shorts

$18.81

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Retro Floral Printed High Waist Shorts

$29.00

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Womens 2 1/2 Inch High Waist Side Zip Shorts

$29.90

Buy at: Express

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Holly High Waisted Shorts in Mocha - designed by One Rad Girl

$15.00

Buy at: Singer22

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ASOS High Rise Coated Zip Front Short in Black

$31.04

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Tandem Tour Shorts in Black from ModCloth

$34.99

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Sailorette the Seas Shorts from ModCloth

$49.99

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Sweet as can Beat Shorts from ModCloth

$39.99

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Sailorette the Seas Shorts in Plus Size from ModCloth

$54.99

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Tavern Tour Shorts in Blue from ModCloth

$49.99

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ASOS Shorts With Extreme High Waist

$32.92

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Retro High Waist Distressed Denim Shorts

$31.00

Buy at: ChicNova

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Pink Lily Print High Waist Shorts

$30.00

Buy at: ChicNova

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Retro Flower Embroidery Printed Shorts with Vent Hemline

$78.00

Buy at: ChicNova

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Retro High Waist Skinny Denim Shorts

$29.00

Buy at: ChicNova

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LOVEsick Black High-Waisted Shorts

$19.60

Buy at: Hot Topic

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boohoo Jasmine Circle Print High Waisted Shorts - black

$32.00

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boohoo Natalia High Waisted Metallic Jacquard Shorts - blue

$45.00

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ASOS Shorts with Clean High Waist

$47.04

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Think Outside the Boombox Shorts from ModCloth

$34.99

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Eyelet Cruise Shorts from ModCloth

$44.99

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I Believe in a Thing Called Lunch Shorts from ModCloth

$49.99

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