In case you’re wondering, no, hot pants aren’t called “hot pants” just because women look “hot” in them (which they certainly do, by the way). While the term “hot” was included in the style’s name as early as the 1950s due to the shock factor it caused, this trend is a trend that women originally broke out in protest against their expected dress code at the time. Longer hems and an overall modest aesthetic used to be the norm, but that didn’t stop women from showing off their bodies loudly and proudly with the development of short shorts. We continued to watch the rise in this trend from the 50s to the 70s, and believe it or not, in 2020 as they are back and hotter than ever.
This trend is sure to continue, but it has also evolved significantly. I don’t particularly want to attribute the rise of knitted hot pants to the current home climate, but it’s pretty darn handy. Hotpants had a huge impact on Spring / Summer 2020 runways and were designed so differently that we knew it was only a matter of time before the trend began to bubble in the real world too. As mentioned earlier, fashion girls are currently particularly fond of the knitting styles, but there are also plenty of bespoke and textured versions out there to combat the loungewear aesthetic.
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