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Comeback of the Dolphin Shorts Trend

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With temperatures soaring to 120 degrees in Palm Springs, the retro dolphin shorts trend from the 80’s has definitely made a comeback in my closet. I remember wearing these shorts often growing up – they were easy to wear, comfortable, and ideal for both lounging around at home and casually running errands outside. Those of you who know me may know that I have a hard time turning down short-shorts & short skirts, because of how extra long and slim they make my legs look! Even for a relatively tall Asian girl, I’ll happily take all the height I can get. I mean, who wouldn’t, right?

These dolphin shorts were only $13 at H&M and I already want to go back and get one in every color. I’ve worn these to death because they’re so easy to throw on and looks decent with just about any summer top. Hot & humid weather means no bra and a halter top! MyΒ vintage-style knit crop top was from Forever 21 and I love how it really exudes the retro vibes when paired with the dolphin shorts. Even keeping it cool with my outfit choice, I’m still sweating hard core. Those who tell me, “at least the desert heat is dry heat,” can stop saying that because it’s been hell lately with the humidity. I normally don’t sweat easily, but these days I sweat like a water fountain the minute I get out of the house! This says a lot, guys and gals…

We were literally out for 10 minutes tops shooting this look early in the morning at around 8 AM. It was already like 103 degrees. Want that natural “dewy glow?” Try living in the Coachella Valley where it never gets below 100 degrees even in the middle of the night, and reaches 120+ during the day in the summer months! It doesn’t help that it’s extra humid this summer, so it feels even hotter than last – despite the higher temperatures last year. Personally, I hate the dewy look – I use matte foundation and a $h!t ton of powder so that I’m matte for as long as I can before I inevitably create that unintentionally “dewy look” that you all love (lol). There you have it – the secret behind my constant dewy glow that everyone asks about! πŸ˜‰

What do you think of the dolphin shorts trend? Would you wear it?

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81 Comments
  • Autumn
    July 28, 2018

    I love these shorts! Had no idea they were called dolphin shorts though lol! They look great on you and that reminds me, I need to get a few more pairs to lounge around in this summer πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      July 28, 2018

      Thanks Autumn! Haha I want to get one in yellow and red! They are definitely staples to wear around the house, and I love how they are stylish enough to wear outside too.

  • Cassidy P.
    July 28, 2018

    This casual look is incredible on you! Loving the retro vibes. I would totally wear these shorts if I could pull em off as well as you do. Your legs go on for daysssss girl!!!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 28, 2018

      Thank you Cassidy! I’m sure these shorts would look really good on you and elongate your body as well xx

  • Briana
    July 28, 2018

    Yes I love these shorts! And you look great in them!!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

  • Anna
    July 29, 2018

    Those are so cute! I’ve definitely noticed more and more girls around me wearing them, but I had never heard their name before.

    • Sharon Wu
      July 29, 2018

      Thanks Anna! They’re so comfortable and easy to wear! xx

  • Dominique Brooks
    July 29, 2018

    What? These are coming back in style/ We used to call them jogging shorts. I am feeling very old now! Thanks for getting me up to date LOL

    • Sharon Wu
      July 29, 2018

      Haha I suppose they are jogging shorts too – I don’t see why not! πŸ˜‰

  • talyssa
    July 29, 2018

    I have always loved these shorts and I would argue they we’re in for some time and I don’t think they ever went out (or maybe I was just being extra unfashionable – or extra ahead of the trends haha) But I couldn’t agree more, they make your legs look super good and suit almost, if not all, body types!! Love the cute top you’ve paired them with too!

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  • Preet
    July 30, 2018

    This is so lovely. I love the outfit. That really fits together well

  • Razena
    July 30, 2018

    I don’t think I’ve seen these shorts since I wore them as an 80’s kid and also had no idea they even had a name πŸ™‚ I never looked this good in them either!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 30, 2018

      Haha they’re back! I’m sure that you’d rock them – just need to find that perfect fit. The H&M ones fit me pretty nicely! xx

  • aisasami
    July 30, 2018

    The 80s have recently made a comeback not only in fashion but also in pop culture, movies, music, and so on. Those dolphin shorts look better on you than I do!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 30, 2018

      I am so happy about that! I love everything about the 80’s. I am sure that these dolphin shorts would look amazing on you dear πŸ™‚ xx

  • Daisy
    July 30, 2018

    I love this style of shorts and I really love the cute retro look! This style provides so much comfort when wearing!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 30, 2018

      Thank you Daisy! I’ve been really into the retro/vintage style lately. It’s a big bonus when it’s comfy!

  • Jessica
    July 30, 2018

    Babe, you look amazing! Those shorts are absolutely perfect for your legs, so sexy!

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    • Sharon Wu
      July 30, 2018

      Thank you Jessica! Have a wonderful week! xx

  • Carolyn
    July 30, 2018

    So retro girl! This style looks good on you. I don’t know if I could pull it off, but I’ve said that before and then ended up wearing it so we’ll see haha!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 31, 2018

      Thank you Carolyn! That makes me so happy to hear. I think you would totally pull off this style just as well! xx

  • Mariann Yip
    July 30, 2018

    Yesssss! I love the dolphin shorts πŸ™‚ I’m not sure if I would wear them outdoors everyday but they’re great to work out or lounge in!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 31, 2018

      You’re so right! They are really comfy to work out in or lounge around in at home! Lol I guess in Palm Springs it’s just way too hot to always be totally dressed up so I’ve definitely incorporated dolphin shorts into my everyday wardrobe hahaha

  • Helena Marz
    July 30, 2018

    Omg I used to have these shorts years ago and now seeing these ones on you…l want one! They are super comfy! You look super hot in this entire outfit! ❀️

    • Sharon Wu
      July 31, 2018

      You should totally get some – they’re super cheap at H&M right now! I want to go back and get a few more in different colors. Thanks Helena! xo

  • Lauryn Hock
    July 30, 2018

    You do have a gorgeous “dewy” look though πŸ˜‰

    • Sharon Wu
      July 31, 2018

      Hahaha thank you Lauryn! I’m glad you like it!

  • Kileen
    July 30, 2018

    Such a cute casual look babe!! Loving these shorts, you look gorgeous!!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Sharon Wu
      July 31, 2018

      Thank you Kileen! Hope you’re having a great week πŸ™‚

  • Phoebe
    July 31, 2018

    Yellow top is always the best choice for summer!
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    • Sharon Wu
      July 31, 2018

      It took a while for me to develop a liking for yellow, but now that I’ve gotten used to it I like it more and more! And I totally agree with you – it goes very nicely for summer!

  • kumamonjeng
    July 31, 2018

    Wow, the dolphin shorts is really cute and glad it is back into fashion again. You wear it so well and I can smell the “youth” in the air.

    • Sharon Wu
      July 31, 2018

      Aww thank you! I’ll take any opportunity to go back into my youthful days hahaha

  • Taylor Mobley
    July 31, 2018

    These shorts are so cute! You look adorable.

  • Tara Fuller
    July 31, 2018

    this outfit is SO fun!

  • Tonya Tardiff
    July 31, 2018

    Yes I am so here for the dolphin shorts coming back! Love how you styled this look!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 31, 2018

      Yay!! So glad you’re with the trend πŸ™‚ Thank you for the love, Tonya! xx

  • Nicole Flint
    July 31, 2018

    Oh my goodness! I had no idea these were called dolphin shorts hehe. I loved these shorts all throughout college. Now I don’t think they work for my body type anymore. You look great as always!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 31, 2018

      I actually didn’t either! I didn’t know what they were called formally, so I looked it up. A recent discovery for me as well. I just know that I used to wear these very often as a kid, and also in college but mostly to bed LOL. Now I wear them out like nobody’s business!

  • Deborah
    July 31, 2018

    I love this retro athleisure look! Those shorts are so cute!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 31, 2018

      Thank you so much, Deborah! I am so tempted to go back to H&M and get more pairs in different colors, especially red!

  • Elizabeth O
    July 31, 2018

    I do really like these style of shorts, I think they look comfy and stylish so I can see why they have made a comeback!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 31, 2018

      So true babe! I’m glad that they are back in style because I always love when clothes are both comfy and fashionable hahaha

  • Stephanie
    July 31, 2018

    I pretty much always avoid shorts, if I can. I guess I feel uncomfortable in them – but these dolphin shorts remind me of high school and make me long for comfy days when I didn’t care what people thought of my legs haha! Love the vintage feel!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 31, 2018

      Why babe?! You have the perfect body and beautiful long legs! I know for sure you’d rock these shorts if you gave them a chance haha. I’m actually quite the opposite of you – I will take any opportunity to wear skirts or shorts over jeans and pants because well, #nobootyclub lol it’s hard to find pants that fit me properly!

  • camilla
    August 1, 2018

    This style is very youthful and dynamic. I like so much

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    • Sharon Wu
      August 1, 2018

      Thanks Camilla! I’m glad that you’re for the trend too πŸ˜‰ Happy August darling! xx

  • Becca Talbot
    August 1, 2018

    I actually love this style of shorts – especially when on holiday. But I had no idea they were called Dolphin shorts, so that’s good to know! x

    • Sharon Wu
      August 1, 2018

      Haha it really doesn’t get more comfy than these shorts on holiday! πŸ™‚

  • Mary Powers
    August 1, 2018

    You are just too adorable!! Love these shorts. Def want some!

    – Mary

    • Sharon Wu
      August 1, 2018

      Thank you Mary! There are plenty of colors to choose from at H&M last time I checked. I plan on getting a few more pairs in different colors next time I go to the mall!

  • adriana
    August 1, 2018

    I LIVE in these to lounge in during the summer! They’re the best!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 1, 2018

      Haha yes! They really are! Hope the new month is treating you well so far darling xx

  • paige
    August 1, 2018

    love these photos + how you styled your outfit! x

  • Becca Wilson
    August 1, 2018

    Your outfit is so very cute! I definitely love shorts like this when I am on the move and exploring.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 1, 2018

      Thanks so much, Becca! These shorts are definitely comfy on the go πŸ™‚

  • Juliet Ly
    August 1, 2018

    YES! Dolphin shorts are so flattering! I love them. They elongate and hug the curve of your legs beautifully!

  • Zeny
    August 1, 2018

    You are gorgeous & I love your blog!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 1, 2018

      Thank you Zeny! I appreciate the support xo

  • Natalie
    August 1, 2018

    These photos are so cute! We were in Palm Springs in June and I remember it getting to like 95 by 9am and I was floored. Luckily there isn’t much (if any) humidity!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 1, 2018

      Thank you Natalie! LOL… yep, that’s my life everyday. In fact, today it was only 109 but I could swear it felt like 130 with the 25% humidity we had. Contrary to popular belief, we actually do get humidity and especially so this summer. I nearly fainted in the car because on our ride home, the AC decided to die on me. Had the drive been 5 minutes longer I think I would have passed out! Phew haha

  • Atsuna Matsui
    August 1, 2018

    DAMN 120 degrees in Palm Springs??? Sounds mega hot haha!! The shorts look so comfy and cute on you and they definitely elongate your legs for dayss!! Haha so jelly that you’re tall.

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    • Sharon Wu
      August 1, 2018

      Haha yeah it’s been extremely hot this summer because the humidity makes it 10x worse! But thank youuuu πŸ™‚ you’re perf the way you are girl! xo

  • Suzanne
    August 2, 2018

    Girl you make anything look good! Love this casual but edgy look πŸ™‚ xo, Suzanne

    • Sharon Wu
      August 2, 2018

      You’re the sweetest Suzanne! Thank you! xx

  • rachel vogt
    August 2, 2018

    How cute is the outfit, I can’t wait to start wearing these kind of outfit again after delivering this little baby in my tummy. I need to get those slides tho.

    xoxo, Rachel
    http://rachelvogttrends.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 2, 2018

      Awww! Very soon, darling! πŸ™‚ The slides are so comfy lol I need to buy another pair I can walk around in at home too haha

  • Samantha Mariko
    August 3, 2018

    I remember wearing those style of shorts during tennis practice a lot in high school! Theyre so comfortable! I might go pick a pair up myself for the rest of the summer πŸ™‚ Love how you styled yours!
    xo Samantha

    • Sharon Wu
      August 3, 2018

      You totally should! They are definitely summer staples πŸ™‚ Thanks gorgeous!! xx

  • Edward
    August 3, 2018

    100 degrees. Hummmm? Kinda reminds me of my place.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 4, 2018

      I am ready for cooler weather! Lol summer is my favorite season literally everywhere else in California but in Palm Springs I always find myself waiting eagerly for fall and spring LOL

  • Linh
    August 5, 2018

    I love those shorts! I’d wear them all day if i lived in Palm spring too! Lol

    • Sharon Wu
      August 6, 2018

      LOL! I hear it’s pretty hot in LA too! I think these shorts would be perfect there as well πŸ˜‰ xx

  • KatWalkSF
    August 6, 2018

    OMG I need those shorts ASAP

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