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 3653 streetstyle photos of bloggers wearing Basic Shorts. Most recently, blogger themoptop of themoptop.com wore her sky blue free people shorts with a camel Blq Basiq coat, ivory free people top, and white New Balance sneakers.