Basic Shorts first surfaced on Chictopia's streetstyle gallery in Fall 2008 seen on Sydney blogger Zanita of fellt.com/zanita. She wore her blue Vintage Levis shorts with a white vintage shirt, gray Target intimate, and brown Nine West shoes. Since then, Basic Shorts have grown in popularity as bloggers from Los Angeles, Manila, and Philippines have discovered them. Popular brands of Basic Shorts are vintage, Levi's, H&M, Forever 21, and Zara.
There are currently 3710 streetstyle photos of bloggers wearing Basic Shorts. Most recently, blogger DevoreLeBeauMonstre of devorelebeaumonstre.com wore her white MinkPink shorts with a white Dimepiece LA shirt and white Converse sneakers.