Believe it or not, before the 20th century, the only people wearing shorts were boys in boarding school uniforms.
Today, shorts aren’t just our top choice for sportswear – they’re the natural choice for anything summer. Socializing in the sun. Going for a hike. Even summer at the office.
You can thank Bermuda for that. From the navy to yachts to the world’s biggest cities, here’s how a small island in the Atlantic Ocean made shorts what they are today.
TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY: NAVY ATTIRE
In the early 1900s, while sweltering away in the tropics, the British Royal Navy finally decided to do something about the heat. They pulled up their socks, cut their white, cotton pants off at the knee, and wore their newly christened shorts around the British Empire, including Bermuda.
THE ‘20s AND ‘30s: SHORTS TOURISM
After navy officers showed off their new shorts at Bermuda yacht clubs, this comfortable yet dignified style caught on locally. Bermudian tailors started manufacturing the shorts themselves and established them as a sought-after fashion for both business and pleasure. British and American tourists visiting the island loved what they saw.
MID-20TH CENTURY: THE WORLD CATCHES ON
The days when shorts were only appropriate for schoolboys quickly vanished. Shorts arrived in America and Europe as companies like Brooks Brothers and Yves Saint Laurent started riffing on the Bermuda shorts concept. Before long, they could be spotted on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and in Vogue magazine.
The rest is shorts history. They look sharp at the office. They feel great in the sun. They make you feel like you’re always on vacation. And so, one of the world’s great summer styles is born.
TODAY: AMERICAN TALL SHORTS
Thanks to Bermuda shorts, many of today’s most style-conscious short varieties are slim-fitted and made of woven fabric, hanging about an inch or two above the knee.
For tall guys like you, finding shorts that maintain both that close fit and semiformal
length can be hard. At American Tall, we believe passionately that you should never have to sacrifice the right length for the right width.
Whether it’s a pair of tall chinos, Oxfords, or tattersall shorts, we’ve got you. We want you to have the shorts experience that’s been perfected over a century. Try our classic Bermuda colors like desert sand, cranberry, and seafoam green.