The short and long of it

Definitely shorts. Definitely.

 OK, ladies and gentlemen–you’ve got to help this misguided blogger.  What the heck are capris?  Or “cropped” pants?  Or shorts?

 What the heck am I wearing anyway?

 My mama told me they sure as anything weren’t capris.  Capris are–by someone’s definition–below the knees.  Mid-calf, by other definitions.  

So what–pray tell–are these short-like things that we wear which rest directly above the knees?  Which many of us wear? 

What the heck are these anyway? If they aren't capris...what are they?

 I truly wasn’t going to blog tonight.  Truly.  I have another assignment.  To write a guest blog for another blogger.  Yet…there are pressing questions, aren’t there?

 What clothes are we wearing anyway?

 This all started when I finally decided to give my old “shorts” to St. Vincent de Paul’s.  Probably should have done this ten years ago.  Can’t remember the last time I wore them. 

 I dug in my drawer and showed them to Barry.

 “Time to give them to St. Vinnie’s?” I asked. 

 “Ten years ago,” he replied. 


 They are now sitting in a pile next to the spiral stairway awaiting deposit in the basement box for St. Vinnies.  But who will wear them? 

 There is a rumor that short-shorts are coming back in style.  That young girls everywhere are wearing them. 

 They, obviously, will buy them!

 And that’s the short and long of it.

 A short blog tonight, yes?  If it’s not a capri blog, I don’t know what it is…   🙂

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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19 Responses to The short and long of it

  1. Robin says:

    I think at that length, but can’t be sure, they are called Bermuda shorts. Being of shortly stature, they are capris on me. lol!

  2. Reggie says:

    Hahahaha! I haven’t a clue either, Kathy! Regardless of what you call them, they suit you. And they look nice and summery and fresh and airy and perfect for hiking in the forest and around the lake on a warm, sunny day.

    We recently did a major clear-out of our clothes, and they all ended up at the local Salvation Army. There were shorts (short-shorts? mid-shorts? long-shorts?) in there that I had owned for many, many years, and that I had occasionally still worn in defiance of the rules of fashion, but I felt that the time had now come to give them a new home. After all, I still had at least one good pair of shorts!

    It feels good to pass on things that one no longer needs, doesn’t it?

  3. Elisa's Spot says:

    uhm …
    are you tall??
    (sing i’m too tall for my capris…ok you may shout sexy if you like)

    did you really SHRINK the capris?

    are you very very short? and thus longer shorts look like shrunken heads(I mean capris?)

    Ah ha!! Denim Knee Shorts!

    If we switch to long swirly skirts(which can also cover up most everything nicely) do we have to figure it out?

    • Elisa's Spot says:

      Dear Kathy,

      I was having so much fun being amused by the blog and honestly searching for capris, that I think I insulted you. I googled ‘i’m sorry for being insensitive cards’, which provided me with a few simple directions for the apologizing. Apparently now, I have flunked that also! No, I do not really know how I made the jump to shrunken heads except for the shrink word. Might I have some honey to better affix the other foot into my mouth?

      I love you!

  4. Kathy I learned long ago when I was ready to let my clothes go… they probably were only suited for the rag bag. I, and it sounds like you as well, will have used up all the transferable good of the item in question many years before I am ready to part with it.

    First I spend good money on something I love. Then I wear it “for good” for a few years or five and then it becomes “everyday” wear for another ten or so years. Then if at all suitable they become “work clothes” for working outside building garden beds or fences and such. Finally, with the neck and sleeves tatter or the knees busted out I may be ready to part with it — maybe.

    I always tell people I like comfortable classic clothes which is true but the big reason for my taste is that these clothes know how to transition through various aspects of my life – for years.

  5. Elisa's Spot says:

    lol i like that! (no i did NOT just look down at my own clothes…ok so i did)

  6. emaclean says:

    Bermies (Bermuda shorts that is). That’s what the beach folks call them here in California.

  7. holessence says:

    Kathy – The shorts on your deck, and on you, are not capris. They are shorts. The shorts on you are really l-o-n-g shorts, but shorts nonetheless.

    Follow this link. Scroll down past the three photos from your dare, and the one photo of the bird finial, and you will see the real deal, BELOW the knee, yet ABOVE the ankle — CAPRIS:

  8. Carol says:

    First I must admit that I am totally out of sync with current fashion. It seems to me though, that those centuries ago when I was a teenager, knee-length pants were capris. What are now sometimes called capris are also often called crops – those pants which fall mid-calf. To me, capris will always fall at the knee, crops mid-calf, and bermuda shorts just above the knee.

    I’ve decided to avoid having to know for sure by sticking with ankle length pants, aka jeans or sometimes chinos. Best I cover up as much as I can these days.

  9. Susan D says:

    My mind has been toying with the long and the short of it, and – light bulb moment: Memories flood back. My mother used to call what you’re wearing “pedal pushers.” Does anyone else remember that term? It’s from the 50s, and describes to a tee – or a knee – what you’re wearing.

    Bermuda shorts – back in the 60s – ended at the very top of the knees; they didn’t cover the knees. I’m sure times have changed. Correction: know times have changed. But, by gum, for me, those are pedal pushers you’re wearing.

    Thanks for shaking loose some more nostalgia for this gal. Fun!

  10. Cindy Lou says:

    MY mom always called them pedal-pushers, too, Sue! One of my bestest reasons for living here is that I don’t have to be dressed in the latest fashion, but whatever is most comfortable. Sometimes I wish I had someplace to wear fancy clothes – though not very often. Not sure I remember how ?!?!?

  11. Jeannie says:

    You look nifty in your knickers! 🙂

  12. Karma says:

    I have a pair of denim shorts like that! I call ’em my “long shorts!” Hmm, is that an oxymoron?

  13. (Hey long shorts.

    As for the capris…- thought we had established a vaccine against the…”+”LOL


  14. Susan D says:

    I’m so excited that Cindy Lou, Kath and Dawn remember “pedal pushers” or rumors of pedal pushers! Had to come back to post a second comment just to thank you for joining me in some sweet memories ….

    Thanks for the fun, Kathy 🙂

  15. Kathy says:

    Dear ladies (I don’t see any gentlemen chiming in here yet!) Thank you, thank you, thank you, for making this much clearer! I, too, remember the term “pedal pushers”. Had forgotten that term… Sounds like they’re basically bermuda shorts.

    But you know what? They’re so comfortable it’s hard to take them off. They are the BEST. (I have to wash them now and am already suffering withdrawals.)

    Enjoy your summer, ladies, no matter what you’re wearing!

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