It was surprising to see gurkha shorts in one of the pictures that the Sartorialist posted this morning, with which those sunglasses and boat neck shirt would not have been out of place in something like an Apparel Arts illustration. I don’t care for the style myself, but their history is somewhat interesting and is another example of military clothing that made its way into mainstream fashion.

They enjoyed some popularity in the United States during the 1980’s, and even Banana Republic once sold them. Now they are a bit more difficult to find.