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Who Wears Short Shorts?

Hot pants, the pop charts and you.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 - 10:00 AM

In 1971, hot pants (as the B-52s later put it) exploded. They were on the runways, in shopping malls, and the pages of McCall's Needlework and Crafts magazine. Women wore short shorts in the office and at the altar. And, they were on the pop charts too, beginning with James Brown's tribute to the garment - the three part single called "Hot Pants (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants)."

I need your help for an upcoming episode of Soundcheck. I'd like to know: did you wear hot pants back when they were a trend? Do you wear them now? Do you have stories of wearing your short shorts - or of seeing them become a fad? Tell us! Leave a note below, or write to us at


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Comments [1]

Cate from Toronto

I wore short-shorts - the terry-cloth kind - about eight years ago, when American Apparel was just coming in big (and I was going to the gym a lot!). Definitely incurred a few looks, good and bad. Wouldn't have the nerve to wear them now, not even 80s-style with leotards underneath, but I'm proud to say I did wear them out in public!

Aug. 07 2012 07:33 PM

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