American First Lady and style icon Michelle Obama recently came under fire from the American media for wearing mid-thigh length shorts while returning from a holiday. Though we found the shorts perfectly acceptable, political commentators in the US called them “inappropriate dressing”.
In an attempt to figure out how short is too short and what length is appropriate for what occasion, HT City spoke to fashion experts across the city.
For designer Nikhil Mehra, as long a pair of shorts covers the “thigh region” there can be nothing inappropriate about it. Designer Varun Bahl, who reiterates that there was “nothing wrong” with Michelle’s shorts, adds, “as long as one doesn’t wear shorts for any kind of official event there’s really no question of a debate about appropriateness.”
Recommending mid-thigh shorts for Delhi’s women — keeping in mind the weather — designer Ritu Kumar says, “While this is the most appropriate attire for any casual gathering, those who are conscious of grabbing attention can try slightly longer style like capris.”
Though actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor have worn hot pants on screen, designer Anjana Bhargava says she wouldn’t recommend girls in Delhi to wear them even to nightclubs. “Delhi is just not ready for hot pants or even mid-thigh shorts if you’re traveling by buses or the Metro. Capris or knee- length shorts with a smart tee and chappals look cool. Shorts are a big no-no for official work,” she adds. Bahl agrees, adding that knee-length shorts are the best option all around.