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Dolphin Shorts: Retro Style Making a Comeback

Updated on February 6, 2017

Re-Introduction to Dolphin Shorts

While usually the first section of any HubPage I write is called the introduction, when you're talking about a retro vintage form of clothing like Dolphin Shorts, which are now making a major comeback, it's more of a re-introduction, isn't it? Dolphin Shorts are best known from the very late 1970s and going into the 1980s. These popular exercise shorts originally started out as swimwear and quickly expanded in popularity to become the track uniform of choice for many men and women's high school and college teams due to the freedom of movement because of how little of the legs were covered. Originally these shorts were simple in design and color, almost always single toned, and they became popular in exercise videos as well. In fact Richard Simmons is famous for wearing Dolphin Shorts.

Old Styles Coming Back New

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Colorful versions of the original 1970s exercise Dolphin ShortsMost Popular Dolphin Exercise Shorts currently sold on Amazon.Nice pair of plain black Dolphin ShortsOld school aerobics example for the old school Dolphin Shorts
Colorful versions of the original 1970s exercise Dolphin Shorts
Colorful versions of the original 1970s exercise Dolphin Shorts
Most Popular Dolphin Exercise Shorts currently sold on Amazon.
Most Popular Dolphin Exercise Shorts currently sold on Amazon. | Source
Nice pair of plain black Dolphin Shorts
Nice pair of plain black Dolphin Shorts
Old school aerobics example for the old school Dolphin Shorts
Old school aerobics example for the old school Dolphin Shorts

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New Dolphin Shorts Available from Amazon

The resurgence of these exercise shorts have led to a lot of questions comparing the new designs against the vintage ones. Truth be told, there isn't a set definition for exactly what makes a pair of shorts qualify under the "dolphin" design as opposed to any other. Originally many thought this description was of the tapered design that made it look somewhat like a dolphin tail, or because it was swimwear. However generally this term is used to describe a single color pair of very short exercise or tight shorts that show off a lot of leg. In fact, the original reason these shorts fell out of style was high school dress codes banned them for being far too risque. Times and standards have changed, however, and these shorts are making a strong comeback and with a wider range of options - even outside of the local Hooters restaurants.

So How Are Dolphin Shorts Seen by Modern Consumers?

There are several different points of view when it comes to Dolphin Shorts. Some people wonder if Dolphin Shorts are sexist, seeing as how modern versions are primarily for females and still emphasize showing off as much leg as possible. Many designs are also tight, emphasizing the figure. Other people don't see anything wrong with them: everyone has the right to wear whatever they want to. In fact, many modern consumers buying Dolphin Shorts don't even know the term or don't know about the long history that this particular fashion style enjoys.

Whatever people think about this style of workout shorts, they've made their comeback since 2007 and so it's pretty safe to say that they're probably not going anywhere any time soon. They don't need high school track teams to stay in business anymore, and the popularity of the design suggest that these are going to be really popular even going into the future.

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