Modern Living: Hot Pants: Legs Are Back

A young woman arrives at a party. She is thoroughly swaddled in a full-length coat, high boots, fur hat and long gloves. Still, she is shivering. She stomps her feet to shake off the snow and removes her coat. Now the other guests begin to shiver. No wonder: on this bitter midwinter night, the woman is wearing shorts.

Shorts? Absolutely. And not just the ordinary old ho-hum sportswear type, but a brand-new outrageous variety, cut higher, tighter and altogether skimpier than anything Ruby Keeler ever kicked in (see THE THEATER). No longer fashioned of...

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