Bermuda shorts

British military commanders Brooke-Popham and Wavell in WW II

Bermuda Shorts, also known as walking shorts or dress shorts, are a particular type of short trousers, now widely worn as semi-casual attire by both men and women. The hem can be cuffed or un-cuffed, around one inch above the knee.

They are so-named because of their popularity in Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory, where they are considered appropriate business attire for men when made of suit-like material and worn with knee-length socks, a dress shirt, tie, and blazer. In addition, many businesses in the West that have a business casual policy similarly allow this kind of clothing in appropriate weather.[citation needed] They are available in a variety of colours, including many pastel shades as well as darker shades.

True Bermuda shorts are not to be confused with "clam diggers" or "capri pants" extending below the knee. Cargo shorts may be a similar length, but are typically baggy or less "tailored" than Bermuda shorts.[citation needed]



Bermuda shorts originated with the British Army for wear in tropical and desert climates, and they are still worn by the Royal Navy. During the 2nd World War, there was a shortage of clothing in Bermuda. According to Jack Lightbourn, former Executive Vice President of the Bank of Bermuda Ltd., The General Managers of the two Banks in Bermuda, The Bank of Bermuda Ltd and The Bank of N.T. Butterfield and Sons Ltd[clarification needed] were concerned that their male employees would not have suitable clothing to wear. They arranged for a tailor in Bermuda to make two pairs of shorts, modeled on the shorts of the British military, for each of their male employees. The shorts were made from a very itchy grey flannel material and each employee was supplied with two pairs of heavy grey wool long socks to wear with the shorts. This was the beginning of Bermuda shorts as business attire in Bermuda.[1] In the post war period local merchants such as Trimingham Bros. and H.A. & E. Smiths improved the design of the shorts and used bright coloured materials as the shorts became more popular.

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  • Bermuda shorts — (also Bermudas) ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ casual knee length shorts …   English terms dictionary

  • Bermuda shorts — ☆ Bermuda shorts pl.n. n. short pants extending to just above the knee: also bermudas pl.n …   English World dictionary

  • Bermuda-Shorts — Bermuda Shortspl 1.kurzeUnterhosen.Meinteigentlichdiehalbkurzen(Oberschenkel )HosenderenglischenKolonialoffiziereaufdenBermuda Inseln.BSD1965ff. 2.Turnhose.1965ff,sold 3.Badehose.1965ff,BSD …   Wörterbuch der deutschen Umgangssprache

  • Bermuda shorts — shorts extending almost to the knee, worn for informal warm weather dress. [1950 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • Bermuda-Shorts — Ber|mu|da|shorts auch: Ber|mu|da Shorts 〈[ ʃɔ:rts] Pl.〉 bis zu den Knien reichende Shorts [nach den Bermuda Inseln im Atlantischen Ozean] * * * Ber|mu|da|shorts, Ber|mu|da Shorts <Pl.> [nach den Bermudainseln]: fast knielange Shorts …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Bermuda shorts — (also Bermudas) close fitting shorts reaching the knees. Etymology: Bermuda in the W. Atlantic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bermuda-Shorts — D✓Ber|mu|da|shorts, Ber|mu|da Shorts Plural (fast knielange Shorts oder Badehose) …   Die deutsche Rechtschreibung

  • Bermuda shorts — Bermu′da shorts′ n. clo (used with a pl. v.) shorts extending almost to the knee • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • Bermuda shorts — noun plural Date: 1951 knee length walking shorts …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Bermuda shorts — noun A type of knee high shorts. Syn: Bermudas …   Wiktionary

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