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The History of Bermuda Shorts, via The Memory Lab. The Irony is that Bermuda initially only had a glancing influence on the garment. The true root is trusty old British Imperialism:

Contrary to popular belief, Bermuda shorts did not originate in Bermuda. The shorts were a product of sweltering British military officers serving in tropical British colonies (including Bermuda) at the turn of the century. Officers cut off the bottom half of their pant legs in hopes of achieving some relief from the heat, and the cut-off style eventually caught on as local fashion with Bermudians.

Bermudians were so relieved over the new comfortable style that suits were sold with the short pant instead of long pants, and a new local tradition was started. British tourists in Bermuda took to wearing the shorts, which were widely available in stores and tailor shops, and brought the trend back home and to America. They dubbed the new style the ‘Bermuda short.’ The tasteful yet cool style of the Bermuda short left the island in mass exodus and found a new home in suburban America.

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