Smartie Pants

Smartie Pants

Shorts have been with us for some time now – “hot pants” making even starlets front page news – but the big question was whether they were here to stay, or were just a gimmick. Increasing sales seem to show that they are really catching on, and now the big stores are stocking them. For those with the youth and legs to enjoy them, we bring the very latest designs.

Photographed by Patrick Russell.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from The Telegraph Magazine, April 1971
Outfit by Anthony for Stirling Cooper. All menswear by YSL.

Outfit by Antony for Stirling Cooper. All menswear by YSL.

Shorts and top by Bus Stop. Shirt by Toto from Crowthers

Shorts and top by Bus Stop. Shirt by Toto from Crowthers

Outfit by Diana Crawshaw for Mr Freedom

Outfit by Diana Crawshaw for Mr Freedom

Top and scarf by Ossie Clark from Quorum. Shorts by Clobber

Top and scarf by Ossie Clark from Quorum. Shorts by Clobber

Outfit on left by Diorling at Christian Dior. Outfit on right by Sheilagh Blagden at Stirling Cooper

Outfit on left by Diorling at Christian Dior. Outfit on right by Sheilagh Blagden at Stirling Cooper

Outfit on left by Ritva. Outfit on right by Paul Reeves for Universal Witness.

Outfit on left by Ritva. Outfit on right by Paul Reeves for Universal Witness.

 

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7 Comments on “Smartie Pants”

  1. L Love, love' love'em! If only I could find some originals. Blimey if you feel too old what on earth am I doing in them? The first pair I wore were in around 1969 and were "Ladybird" burgundy corduroy with a bib and braces with an applique butterfly. I found some in brown with a bumblebee on the front at a car boot sale and nearly wept.I bought some leopard print hot pants from a shop in Barcelona at the back end of the 80's and was wearing them when I met Jon. I wonder what happened to them? xxx

  2. Vix, I thought you might love them! It's weird, I don't ACTUALLY think that anyone is too old for hotpants. Ever. But sometimes when I'm looking at myself in a mirror, wearing something skimpy, I just get an attack of the 'I'm too old's. Which is silly, and I'm always at my happiest when I can ignore that voice! ;)I would love to see those butterfly and bumblebee ones!!

  3. Smashingbird says:

    Loovvve this spread, soo fab to see some universal witness pieces! I have just bought a pair of biba hotpants, and haven't braved wearing them yet (I also feel I might be too old!), they are cream so I was thinking chunky knit/lace tights and knee boots….

  4. Sarsaparilla says:

    What a fun post! Of course with your wit – you can make anything sound fun. I am really enjoying your blog! I was a long-legged pre-teen and teenager in the 70's, so I'm sure I had at least a few pair of hotpants (and they probably even looked hot on me). I don't have the personality (or the legs) to be able to pull off wearing hotpants in public anymore. But I'd be happy to prance around the house in them for a boyfriend. 🙂

  5. TinTrunk says:

    What a fabulous sequence of shots. I love the whole set-up with the posters, let alone the fashions.For those who have the legs for them I say wear 'em, I don't care how old you are!The vid made me laugh too. Did everyone sing 'underpants' to that? It appears so!

  6. Louise says:

    What a fabulous spread. And these hotpants look far more respectable than the denim cut offs I see the teens running around in today.I once wore a pair of hotpants to a hip hop themed party and for months after, when I walked around the suburb of that party, people would still call after me 'hey, hotpants'. I will say though that I was only 24 and ran a lot then, so my legs looked far nicer than they do these days.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Although I’m a regular reader I haven’t posted here before (too shy!), but I couldn’t resist pointing out that the Diane Crawshaw for Mr Freedom hotpant suit looks like it could be the same one as Sally from Middle of the Road is wearing in the ToTP video for Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (also 1971).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSNSTerj2KcIs there anything I wouldn’t do to get my hands on that outfit?!


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