Vintage style: high-waisted shorts for pin-up pins

Following on from Marie’s shorts post, here’s my own take on using shorts to achieve summery vintage style.  I know it’s raining, but we’ve all got to have something to look forward to, right?? Let me get one thing straight right away – hotpants of any form or description are going nowhere near these upper-thighs.  Like Marie, I also don’t have legs up to my eyeballs at a vertically-challenged 5ft 2″ and exposing the entirety of what I do have is not going to make them look longer, just blobbier. But I do think when the weather is above 28 degrees – or when you’re on holiday somewhere hot where no one you know will ever see you – a well-fitting – and not too short – short is actually a more demure option than most mini-skirts.  Much more practical against the English breeze if you are feeling brave in this country, that’s for sure.

Shorts can look classy on the right girls.  Marilyn loved a pair and she certainly had the pins to pull them off.

So to get us in the mood for holidays and summer, here are some fabulous high-street shorts.  They’re all under £25 as they’re nearly all in summer sales right now.


Dark denim is by far the most flattering.

Warehouse indigo shorts, £20 down from £35
Dorothy Perkins blue high waisted shorts, £23
Oasis denim sailor shorts, £25 down from £40


Polka dots and animal print?  I know, I spoil you.

Oasis multi blue 50s spot print shorts, £20 down from £40


Max C Animal Shorts, £18 down from £28


More likely to be found on the likes of our 50s beauties above, with a cute little jumper perhaps we can all look that glam.

Boohoo Layla high waisted belted shorts, Stone, £15 (also in cerise)


Asos belted shorts with turn up, red, £22 (also available in navy)

And here’s my pair that were £15 from Tesco a year or two ago.

Thank you, Marilyn!

My legs are one of my worst assets being not at all as leggy as one would like and refusing to turn any darker shade of bright white, but I might be able to get away with these when not too many people are looking.  Proportionately, my thighs aren’t small, but I hope I’m slightly proving a point that a longer – and crucially, not too tight – short isn’t that bad. In fact, if you’re worried about your thighs or between sizes my advice would be buy a bigger size and cinch with a belt (make sure the shorts have loops mind you!)

If anyone’s interested, the top I bought was a Miss Selfridge sale bargain last week at £12 and the sandals are last year’s M&S cork-soled wedges, chosen with Marilyn’s approval in mind seeing as she’s sporting some dainty wedges herself above.


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