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Shorts

This may be a silly question... is it normal for women to wear shorts in England ( countryside & big cities)?

Packing and thinking if it’s worth bringing a pair of shorts.

Thanks

Posted by
1464 posts

If you think you will be more comfortable wearing shorts, don't worry about what's normal. You shouldn't sacrifice comfort for blending in.

The only consideration should be if you visit holy places that would require women to have their knees covered. (I don't know if such places exist in England.)

Posted by
6352 posts

I’ll be wearing shorts and capris in July in London.

To answer your question, yes.

Posted by
59 posts

Depends on the weather. And how you feel about yourself. I’d say it’s nowhere near as common as men wearing shorts.

Personally (I’m a British woman in my 50s) I last wore shorts in public about 20 years ago, and even then reluctantly. In hot weather I would be wearing floppy linen trousers or long loose skirts or maybe cropped trousers. Although you do see young girls in shorts, the weather is rarely hot enough for me to want to get my varicose veins out.

The only consideration should be if you visit holy places that would require women to have their knees covered. (I don't know if such places exist in England.)

No, they don’t. Unless maybe you were visiting a mosque.

Posted by
282 posts

I brought a pair of linen shorts to Europe last summer and I was glad to have them. I’m planning on packing them this summer too.

Posted by
5547 posts

I don’t wear shorts in the U.K. as it’s rarely warm enough. I wear them to the beach and when cycling. Never in a city since I was in my early 20s.

Posted by
681 posts

I live i shorts when not at work in the summer - late 40s. But i do live in a seaside town, and most people here do