Fashion experts have pronounced that the short shorts of ’80s aerobics-class fame are back in style. Stars of all ages from Vanessa Hudgens to Eva Longoria have been daring to wear the flesh-baring shorts this summer, and if you are wondering if you’re seeing more skin than in years past, yes, you’re right.
“They’re definitely getting shorter,” Cosmopolitan fashion director Michelle McCool said in a recent USA Today article.
The fashion director urges wearers to be cautious when squeezing into this newest fashion piece as “even the Cosmo office” is not an appropriate place for short shorts. Instead, McCool advises that short shorts be saved for a picnic or party.
Short shorts are nothing new in secular fashion. The term “Daisy Dukes” derives from the early ’80s TV show “The Dukes of Hazard,” where actress Catherine Bach’s character, Daisy, regularly paraded around in the shortest of shorts. And we all watch every summer as the shorts get shorter and shorter, and society’s tolerance for modesty becomes higher and higher.
Just recently at Mass, I watched as a family scooted into the pew in front of me. Both teenage daughters were wearing shorts that nearly caused me to blush! These short shorts would be questionable apparel on a beach and were definitely not meant for a sanctuary.
As I wrote in a “Faith, Hope & Love” blog post last summer, modesty at Mass is an issue of respect and reverence:
“No matter where you sit on the appropriate Mass apparel spectrum, think twice this summer before donning your beach apparel to church. It’s not about what you’re wearing – it’s about who you’re meeting.”
Modesty is not an issue reserved just for females either. The baggy shorts that many men wear, despite a belt around the waist, can be just as revealing.
Beyond the pews, the emergence of shorter than short shorts makes me wonder what piece of clothing will be the “it” item next summer. Single Catholics, trends come and go, and I think we’re all in agreement that we should let the short shorts movement pass us by.