Fashion & Shopping

Hot Girls Are Wearing Bloomers

June 11, 2024

Underwear as daywear is hardly a new concept. Courtney Love ruled grunge fashion in the 1990s with satin and lace slip dresses, the 2010’s witnessed the rise of camisoles both during the day under a blazer, as well as the official “going out top”, popularized by club-going Lauren Conrad from MTV’s The Hills. This season, the undergarment of choice is the bloomer.

Similar in silhouette to the also popular, bubble skirt, bloomers are essentially a voluminous short. Brought into fashion in the 1800s as a more comfortable option for women’s undergarments, the bloomer has long been a symbol of women’s rights and freedom. In 2024, the shorts come in various styles from short, to long, with more, or less volume and with various decorations: bows, frills, eyelets, or pleats.

With the rise of feminine aesthetics like coquette and girlhood core and on the heels of the 2023 Barbie movie it’s no surprise that the garment rooted in feminist history has risen in popularity, making its way into 2024 street style.

If that isn’t enough to convince you that French bloomers are in fact back, That Girl, Hailey Bieber posted a photo of herself donning a darling pair of bloomer trousers from whimsical Irish designer Simone Rocha. Securing the garments official it-girl status.

Whether you want to lean in hard to the coquette trend with overflowing layers of lace and trim, or you want a simple clean bubble silhouette, here are five bloomer shorts you can shop for your summer 2024 wardrobe. —Sheila O’Neill

The SHUSHU TONG Ruffle Short is made with a soft terry cloth and a small ruffle along the bottom.

The Reformation Betsy Short is a micro cotton short with drawstring and delicate eyelet frill detail on the trim.

Perhaps the queen brand of coquette, Selkie has the Dauphine Knickers, layers of lace ruffles over a pair of briefs.

The Sunday Best Soufflé Short from Aritzia is not only named perfectly, but is a simple take on the trend, a mid rise short offered in three neutral colourways: white, black and navy.

Urban Outfitters’ Out From Under Pin Up Picnic Bloomer Short has a soft texture, elastic mid rise waist and ruffled eyelet edge.

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