For the last couple years, on the Venice Boardwalk or the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, I have seen young women wearing denim cutoffs that appeared to have been snipped too short, leaving part of their undercarriages exposed. And then, as if the fashion gods sent a memo to women from their teens to their 20s, butt cheeks were not just the occasional sight; they seem to have replaced Ugg boots as the must-have fashion item for a particular type of California girl. During spring break this year, after the rain gave way to sunshine, girls broke out the booty shorts by the kajillions. My fashion threshold is a lot higher than most parents, but that is something I would not let her go out of the house with.
Fashionably-high verging on cringe-worthy high, it seems. Can the near butt-baring shorts worn by a year-old supermodel with a super body and a Kardashian-Jenner family tradition of showing lots of skin really be adopted by pre-teens, teens and women of all sizes everywhere for any occasion? But by some accounts, especially exasperated parents of girls, the trend for wearing ultra-short shorts — those that look more like underwear briefs or show substantial sections of butt cheeks — is still strong, and getting stronger. How to define "too short"? How about this: When the pockets in your shorts are longer than the shorts, hanging down below the hem. Even adult fashion-lovers are irked about ultra-short shorts.