The English introduced them to Bermuda close to a hundred years ago. The army needed a tropical uniform for the hottest colonies and ended up with a solution that included a pair of short trousers.
Bankers and other businessmen adopted the short trousers in the 1920’s and Bermuda appropriated the name.
That’s how I feel about them too: Bermuda shorts are for the holidays. Leave it to the Bermudians to wear them to work.
I can’t vouch for the length of a pair of original Bermuda shorts. I’ve had instances where they were 2 – 3 cms above the knee, but other sources, for instance a couple of the images above, show that they are more likely to end 7 – 8 cms above the knee.
But it isn’t always so important what the original looks like. Choose the length that suits you the best.
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