Are we really wearing micro shorts this season? The hot pants rebellion on social media

Last Updated: June 15, 2024By

Revolutionizing Fashion Trends: Micro Shorts Mania


Social media erupted with fiery discussions among women appalled by the risqué fashion statement that stormed the internet recently. The controversy ignited from an Instagram post by the US retail giant Free People boldly declaring, “We are rocking micro shorts this season.”

These micro shorts are undeniably daring – barely larger than a pair of high-waisted boyleg undies. Some vocal critics have even coined them “janties”, while one commentator humorously remarked, “My inseam should outshine my tampon string any day!”


This trend, reminiscent of the iconic Aussie beach vibe, first gained traction last September when Emma Corrin flaunted a minuscule pair of Miu Miu shorts over tights at the Venice film festival. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind journey across the northern hemisphere’s fashion scene, with celebs like Sydney Sweeney, Olivia Wilde, and Kristen Stewart hopping aboard the micro shorts bandwagon.

The styling options for this trend are as eclectic as they come. Pair them with oversized shirts and blazers, throw on a singlet and cardigan combo, or go all out with tall leather boots or chunky brogues. While some embrace these micro wonders for their shock value, others push back, tired of trends dictated by celebrities and ready to call out impractical or unflattering styles.


Fashion Industry Blues: Navigating Troubled Waters

According to Jaana Quaintance-James, head honcho at the Australian Fashion Council (AFC), the local fashion scene feels like a sinking ship. Her recent appointment as AFC’s chief comes with a mission: to salvage the sinking ship of local garment manufacturing and steer it towards sustainability. “We’re all aboard this sinking ship, wanting to preserve Australian manufacturing, but we’re lacking a clear plan,” she lamented.

Later this month, AFC, in collaboration with Epson Australia, will unveil a report on the future of Victoria’s garment and footwear production, a sector valued at a whopping $960 million. Quaintance-James promises actionable recommendations for government policies and industry programs to revitalize Victorian manufacturing.


“There’s potential to elevate our sector’s standing and acknowledge its powerhouse status,” adds Quaintance-James optimistically.

Quilts and Creativity: A Stitch in Time

Enter the vibrant world of quilting at the Australasian Quilt Convention, back in Melbourne this April. From basting to backing, it’s a celebration of all things quilting at the Royal Exhibition Building from April 11 to 14.


The spotlight shines on the Australian Quilt Show, where a $10,000 prize awaits the most outstanding creation. Also stealing the limelight are designs by none other than Aussie songbird Kate Ceberano, handcrafted by a team of skilled artisans in the Philippines.

This year’s event features quilts from QuiltCon in the USA, alongside entries from the AQC quilting competition themed “Oh my stars!”. Expect to be dazzled by Lichtenstein-inspired masterpieces, quirky oodles, and even a homage to Dame Edna.

The No-Buy Revolution: Challenging Fashion Habits

Could you resist the temptation of buying new clothes for 75 days? That’s the daring challenge posed by New York fashion writer Mandy Lee, a challenge that’s now sweeping across Australia.

Participants of the “75 hard style challenge” are urged to get creative with their existing wardrobe, documenting their outfits along the way for a deeper understanding of their fashion choices.

For Kelly Purvis, founder of Little Party Dress, it was a wake-up call to curb her shopping addiction. “My closet was bursting with untouched clothes – a shameful reality,” she admits. Zara Duffer, a business owner, took the challenge up a notch by getting her old favorites repaired and altered, adding a fun twist to the experience.

Meanwhile, writer Lauren Payne found joy in repeating outfits and experimenting with new combinations, discovering her signature style along the way.

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