Throughout the film, Baby can be seen sporting a cute pair of denim shorts that were made popular throughout the 1980s. Too bad the film was set in the '60s!This judgment is illustrated with this photograph of Baby Houseman:
|Baby Houseman wearing denim shorts|
in the movie "Dirty Dancing"
The movie takes place in 1963, the year when I was a 11-year-old boy. In that year, I did not pay attention to teenage girls' fashions -- or even to teenage girls at all. However, I am sure that I never saw any teenage girls wearing denim shorts as casual clothing in Seward, Nebraska, where I lived.
Women's denim jeans were called dungarees and were rather loose around the legs.
|Dungarees in a 1952 Sears catalog|
|Women wearing dungarees for farm work|
|Women wearing dungarees in a factory canteen in the mid-1960s|
|The painting "Farmerette" by Billy DeVorss (year unknown)|
|The painting "Girl on the Farm"|
|A painting by Bill Medcalf, showing a farm girl|
wearing non-denim shorts.
Aside from the denim mistake, female shorts were not cut in that fashion in the early 1960s. Female shorts extended down to the upper thigh and were tight around the thighs.
A website called Rusty Zipper shows this comparison of women's shorts by decade -- 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Here is the cut from the 1960s, which extends down the thighs.
Although Dirty Dancing was made in the late 1980s, Baby Houseman's shorts were cut rather like female shorts in the 1970s -- cut to the thigh top.
Here are some female shorts patterns from the year 1963, where you can see the down-the-thigh cut that was fashionable in that year.
The last of the above images comes from an interesting blogpage titled Prose and Illustrations from 1963's "Sewing Pants for Women" on a website titled Papergreat. The blogpage reviews a 1963 book titled Sewing Pants for Women, the cover of which shows the mid-thigh cut for female shorts in that year.
The beach movie in the movie theaters in 1963 was Beach Party. The movie is on YouTube, and I looked through it, but I didn't notice any female shorts. The beach movie in the theaters in 1964, was Bikini Beach, which also is on YouTube. If you watch the interval from 34:30 to 41:30, you will glimpse many female shorts in a popular movie that was filmed in 1963.