Dolphin shorts

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A Hooters waitress wearing orange Dolfins

Dolphin shorts or Dolfins are a specific style of unisex shorts worn for athletics. They are typically very short and were originally made from nylon with contrasting binding, side slits, and rounded corners, with a waistband at the top—a style popular in the 1980s.[1][2]

The name is from Dolfin, the American company that first produced this style of shorts in the 1980s.[2] Due to their shortness, they are sometimes identified as a form of hotpants.[3]

One high-profile wearer of "dolphin shorts" is Richard Simmons, who boasted of owning 400 pairs of vintage Dolfins in 2012.[4]

Orange Dolfin shorts are specified as part of the uniform for waitresses at Hooters restaurants.[3][5]

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  1. ^ Mansour, David (2005). From Abba to Zoom a pop culture encyclopedia of the late 20th century. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Pub. p. 126. ISBN 9780740793073.
  2. ^ a b Negley, Erin (8 September 2015). "Which 'Wet Hot American Summer' outfit is made in Pennsylvania Dutch country?". Lancaster Online. LNP Media Group. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Peril, Lynn (30 December 2007). "Hot Pants". In Mitchell, Claudia; Reid-Walsh, Jacqueline (eds.). Girl Culture: Studying girl culture : a readers' guide. ABC-CLIO. pp. 362–3. ISBN 9780313339097.
  4. ^ McGinnis, Sara (27 April 2012). "Richard Simmons' new life as Dickie Jukebox". Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  5. ^ Finkel, David (2 October 2012). "At Hooters, Men are Men and the Women are Girls. Anbody got a problem with that?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 January 2016.