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Shorts are a garment worn over the pelvic area , circling the waist and splitting to cover the upper part of the legs , sometimes extending down to the knees but not covering the entire length of the leg . They are called "shorts" because they are a shortened version of trousers , which cover the entire leg , but not the foot . Shorts are typically worn in warm weather or in an environment where comfort and air flow are more important than the protection of the legs . There are a variety of shorts, ranging from knee - length short trousers that can in some situations be worn as formal clothes to beachwear and athletic shorts. Some types of shorts are typically worn by women , such as culottes, which are a divided skirt resembling a pair of loose-cut shorts.