Clothes of the Eighties, Dolfin Shorts
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Sex: Both
Type of clothing: Clothes
When it was popular: 80-83
Description: Most popular from 79-83...very short, 100% Nylon pull-on shorts, most popular was the 4-panel--(two color)--and the Candystripe patterns.
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victoria - July 08, 2007 - Report this comment
lmao this is funny, i think that dolphin shorts are the appitomy of the 80's!:D lmao, i
Kim - February 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Richard Simmons has kept them alive all these years! He is still wearing them!!
Stephanie - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved them, and still have all of my originals, and many more over the years. They are still turning heads to this day. My favorites were the half blue, half white.
msapelila - April 13, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG! We used to wear these everyday. If you couldn't het the Dolfin brand, Dove's were always second best. I wasn't allowed to wear them to school so snuck them under my clothes.
Charla - July 07, 2008 - Report this comment
GROSE! way to richard simmons!!!!!
pee - July 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Our big bosses will be visiting from the home office next week - supposed to dress 'professionally' - Hmmm, maybe I'll sport my pink & white candystriped Dolphins to impress!! RIGHT ON (tee hee). Can't say though, I EVER would've dreamt to wear GLOW TIGHTS(tan color??!) to accesorize with, as modeled in one of the pics...SCAREEEEE!!
Jane - July 31, 2008 - Report this comment
so frickin' hilarious. i haven't thought about these in years. i had the half red/half white, i had solids, stripes, you name it. and you always had to have just a tiny hint of your butt showing. i wore these throughout jr high and high school 80-86. lol.
bb - October 03, 2008 - Report this comment
where can I buy those shorts from?
Kelly - October 04, 2008 - Report this comment
My half blue/white dolfins and a half t.......def looked hot in them and made out and got felt up many a time!!! fun times :)
Crista - October 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Yes I had several pairs of these shorts when I was a kid, I think I had them in just about every color but my favorite were my purple ones!
Karen - October 24, 2008 - Report this comment
Hi all. Ah dolfins, loved my blue/white ones! Dolfins or spandex bike shorts, a sure way to turn heads! Anyone care to chat about it please feel free to email me at Thanks, have a great day!
Valerie - November 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I can't believe I was allowed to wear these shorts to school as a kid! I had a pair of all white ones and use to love to wear them with my white Vans slip ons.
samantha - May 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh I use to were these all the time too! was the rage! I too preferred the built in panty type. I was a lifeguard way back then and we had to were red shorts over the swimsuit, then after work I took off the swimsuit and put back on the shorts and wore them all day. thay were too comfortable! I just didn't have Dolfin thou. I also bought NIKE nylon shorts with the matching tops, PUMA, and Cobblestone witch i still buy and wear today while I work out and jog. these ones are so comfortable I wear them even to bed. I get them from teamsportswear under womens track appearal
Jenny - May 15, 2009 - Report this comment
i remember those shorts too. i also was a lifeguard and practicly lived in them in and out of work. they were so comfortable i agree, i even wore them as underwear under my jeans. my first boyfriend loved them and he use to call them "fast access shorts". Meaning i could wear them out in public, yet when we go make out he could just pull them to the side and go to town without me getting undressed! LOL
Mike D - May 21, 2009 - Report this comment
OH YEA! I loved it when women wore these shorts! I loved sitting in the park and watched the lady joggers run by. the spit side type nylon short would blow up in the wind and you can catch the rim of the under panty on the bottom of the butt cheeks! I wish they bring those back like the skateboard!
Natasha P. - June 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I wore these all the time too back then both as shorts and underwear. I still do! I get mine from ebay and other soarces and thats all i wear jogging in the summer. great shorts very comfortable.
Dolfin Fan - June 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved my dolfin shorts and I gad the solids, the stripes, and block colors. I would wear them now lol oh, and with the Dr. Scholls sandals and a white tank lol where can I get them again?
Karen - June 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Loved those dolfin shorts!!! If anyone want to take a stroll down memory lane, pls email me at
george - July 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember having such a huge fetish for girls wearing these shorts, then one day my sister bought some and it was driving me nuts. I mean the sorts that is. I was having an issue with my sister wearing them but they did look so hot on her and I felt so ashamed. she only had one other friend who wore them and I felt better about that!
Mary - August 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where you can still purchase these four panel shorts or candystripes? Please email me Many brands are coming back from this period so I am hopeful.
Dolfin Lover - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Greatest shorts ever made. They made a great pair of legs look even better.
maryellen - September 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I would really love to find some. I had every color and I can't find them anywhere
Shannon - October 10, 2009 - Report this comment
IF YOU WANT THESE GO TO AMERICANAPPAREL.NET look under shorts, you'll see them.
Karen - December 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Love talking about wear dolfin shorts! Great memories.....feel free to email me at
aris - December 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I found some unlined ones but am looking for lined. Willing to buy some decent used ones, L is preferred but M will work too. prefer solids if possible. Please, I want to deal with women only, thanks!
cb - January 04, 2010 - Report this comment
try and search under Dolfin Shorts... they do all sizes and colours both lined and unlined
Jill A - February 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved these shorts! They were so easy to wear and didn't need underwear! wish they would come back with them! So universal, shorts, swimsuit> just the rage!
Steve - February 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a couple of pairs of dolfins when I used to run for my cross-country team back in high school. One pair was solid black and the other pair was half blue and red. IThey were great shorts.
Dane - May 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I have several pair of Dolphin running shorts, they are comfortable for around home or when I go for my walk to get my exercise,my ex wife used to have a few pair and she even wore them with suntan or beige pantyhose,she looked very sexy as well,that was the day when women knew how to dress I feel.
Elaine - June 06, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG!Did i wear dolfin shorts or what,of course i was 98lbs then.....I had at least ten pairs
Dane - June 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I found a place online to find Dolphin shorts,I saw the link while browsing ebay, I didnt see any candy stripe ones though.
Karen - July 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Hey Dane, drop me an email, Id love to chat about dolfin shorts!
lesah5 - July 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Yep I wore them! I can not stand to see men rockin the Dolphins. I guess Richard did it in for me.
Chris - October 01, 2010 - Report this comment
Guys love them just as much as women... So women get over it.. The stigma of guys shouldn't wear women's stuff is a thing of the past. You would be surprised at what your boyfriends or husbands wore when you weren't around.
Brock - October 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Dude! I was JUST hitting puberty when Dolfin shorts came out! It was difficult enough with all the raging hormones, but to have legs, ass, camel-toes, lip slips, etc all day long was almost too much! I'm surprised I didn't turn out more messed up than I am.
Chris - November 03, 2010 - Report this comment
They don't like guys rockin the dolphin shorts like guys dont like women in the mens restrooms at concerts. Beleive me ,, 3/4 of women can't even wear dolphins to begin with.. At least we have the bod to wear them.
Jay - November 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I wonder if anyone here remembers satin athletic shorts from the 80s. There were several brands, but one that sticks out in my mind was in a JCPenney catalog back about 1980. It was a real sexy unisex short, I doubt if it had a pantyliner. I still see some on eBay from time to time, but not the real sexy ones sold by JCP in the early 80s. email me at if you remember the JC Penney satin athletic shorts
Krystal - March 29, 2011 - Report this comment
OMG I loved these shorts! I must have had at least pairs, and I lived in these in high school and college. Even though I wore them running and to the gym, I was such a tease, and I wore them all over the place, paired with tube tops, and half-shirts. A t-shirt or sweatshirt when I wanted to be conservative, lol. And leg-warmers and over-the-calf tube socks sometimes, lol, what was I thinking? A different time, though, and what a great time it was! So much a part of my growing up, in more ways than one. If anyone wants to chat about those times, drop me a note
Krystal - March 29, 2011 - Report this comment
Lol, how did I mess that up? The second sentence was supposed to say I must have had at least 6 pairs.
hareydouglas - April 22, 2011 - Report this comment
I have several pair of shorts around the home or when running the dolphin, they exercise, ı get my wife for a few old time for comfortable double and he even wore them with the Sun or the beige used panty hose. I looked at when I knew how to dress, she is also very sexy feel, as the women's day. Mens Shorts
James - May 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Oh man. Dudes, I was sort of clueless in high school. I loved it when my girlfriends wore them, and I saw pro runners wearing them, and I played football so I got some. Was trying to be cool like the big boys. Now that I look back, I'm sure I looked completely... well... "twinky". I thought I was being all sophisticated, but in my defense, I was from a small country town so I thought everything was sort of accepted in the "big city". (Gainesville, FL, like 80,000 population, lol.) Geeze, the things you do when you're a kid.
Chuck Kopsho - July 19, 2011 - Report this comment
Gads, these shorts bring back so many memories. I had ten pairs back when I was in my 20's. Now my sensibilities run a little on the conservative side. Besides, if I were to wear them now, I'd look ridiculous in them. Hey, age happens.
Ellie - August 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Had a bunch of these in the early 80's, blue and white 4-panel, red and white 4-panel, pale blue and white striped, pink and white striped. I had great legs (still do!), so I rocked them! How I caught my husband! Does anyone remember the 4-panel bikinis? They were made by OP and Hang Ten...
Dinky - September 21, 2011 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where I can buy either vintage or new stock satin short shorts like the ones with white piping along the leg openings? These are like they used to wear in the early 80's, just before the thinner nylon shorts came on the scene.
Stephanie - June 23, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved these shorts so much, that I have collected almost every style dolfin had. The dolfin store in PA helped quite a bit. THey still turn heads as well as instigate some "naughty fun" I wear them almost every chance I get. Running, Rollerblading, and just driving around town with the windows wide open to give everyone a show. Love to hear other stories,
Chuck Kopsho - July 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Does anyone know what Dolfin's official website address is?
Martha - July 31, 2012 - Report this comment
LOL this is too funny. I'm wearing a pair now! The kind you don't have to wear underwear with cause they have a inner panty. I have 5 other pairs. all bought on eBay. My husband buys them for me and so far its all i wear this summer to the beach or just lounging around the house. most of the time i just wear them as underwear under my skirts or pants like i did in the 80's! slowly they will come back into fashion. maybe not dolfin but somebody will dust of the molds and buy the rights! lets hope! cheers
Jenn - July 31, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved these shorts way back when. they were the coolest! you didn't need to wear underwear with them just slip on and go! could wear them anywear in play or sports. and you could swim in them too. they dried so fast! I too wish they bring them back. I today wear those new DRI-fit shorts when I run. not the same at all! I loved the feeling of the nylon on my skin all around! tee hee
terri - September 01, 2012 - Report this comment
i found the dolfins and cobblestones shorts at hotlegsusa good prices to i got a whole assortment of colors but the dolfins run outta certian colors and sizes from time to time
janna - September 14, 2012 - Report this comment
LOL. I lost my virginity in them and never took them off! My then boyfriend called them fast access shorts. He could just pull them to the side and go to town. Oh this brings back memories! great site.
wayne - March 30, 2013 - Report this comment
Loved the shorts, especially the striped ones!! Best shorts ever! They made women look taller and sexier when they wore them!You can get them on eBay from time to time, but if you want them, get them fast because they will sell out quickly or you can get into a bidding war to get them! It's amazing that they're still very popular! If Dolfin sold them again, they will still sell!
Peter - May 01, 2013 - Report this comment
Everyone, please check "Markyman" in the "DaWanda" site here in the Net. He makes, sells, and ships shiny satin shorts from Germany. He's reliable, fast, and trustworthy. It's spring and summer approaches so satin-shorts weather!
Chado - August 05, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember guys would wear these too, maybe not Dolfin brand, but some type of nylon-tricot running shorts. They weren't "gay" either. That was before we got so paranoid, and guys could actually wear shorts - not these mid-calf trousers they wear today. I miss the 80's.
Karen - June 28, 2014 - Report this comment
Loved wearing dolfins. If you would like to chat contact me at Thanks!!
Karen - June 16, 2015 - Report this comment
If you were a fan of those sexy dolphin shorts and want to talk about it, please contact me at, thnx!
Roughneck - February 04, 2016 - Report this comment
I met LA Rams Superstar Eric Dickerson at Six Flags Magic Mountain back in the day. He was rocking the blue and white paneled Dolfin shorts...I forgave him when I saw his very hot girlfriend ;) GO RAMS!!!
conrad - March 26, 2016 - Report this comment
Men wore these shorts a lot in the early 1980s. They were sold in sporting goods stores and running stores, in the men's sections. They had a mesh support liner. As I recall, the women's versions had a solid liner, not a panty type interior like the men's had. They were totally masculine, not gay, and no one was embarrassed to wear them in stripes, colors or even pastels. The men's stripes came in green, red, blue and yellow.
Assman/Legman - August 06, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved the sight of girls wearing their Dolfins back in the early 80s (I was in junior high at the time). I set up this Pinterest board about them... enjoy!
sup - April 25, 2017 - Report this comment
Would anyone sell a pair?
microsoft VCR1.0 Millennium edition - June 04, 2017 - Report this comment
lmfao looks like a carnaval! I just got a pair of some like these but blou and solid black BOA also for running. Never realised how efficient these were at improving distance and performance till I invested in my first pair of silkies 3 yrs ago. Wouldn't ever wear that vertical striped patern though would be to afrade of someone calling me for est gump or whatever or popcorn stand clown guy haha. However, you can still get modern ones like these in mens and womens versions and unisex. Check out boa, sork, uzzi amphibious, etc. For plain colors and different modern variants check out soffe, cobblestones, sub4s, and asics. Great shorts as there function specific and makes you look the part as a distance runner very classic retro look. I like it .
Randy - September 21, 2017 - Report this comment
Check out this web page: I have seen a lady wear these sold out shorts lately: I remember a few guys in high school talking about the dolphin shorts that the gals were wearing back then in which they expressed the same comments that Janna commented above. It's that sporty sleak look on the hips and thighs that makes them attractive.
david - October 31, 2017 - Report this comment
I have a little used pair of the blue and white vertical striped men's XL Dolfin shorts. I might consider selling them, but they have been worn about 20-30 times over the years. There is no lining in them at all, which is a great feeling.
Andy - April 21, 2018 - Report this comment
The red candy stripes were part of our cross country uniform back in the early '80s, but only for the boys. Girls got solid red. I guess it built character? The candies didn't have the liner, but I had red & black ones that did. We didn't think of them as panties. Back then even the NBA had tiny shorts. When I started running again years later I was a little disappointed to see these were gone.
Assman/Legman - May 24, 2019 - Report this comment
Ladies, if you wore Dolfins back in the day and would like to chat about it, please email me at, or DM me at @newgstringlover on Twitter. Guys, likewise, if you enjoyed the sight of a hot girl in Dolfins as much as I did, would love to chat.
Jan Griffiths - September 02, 2019 - Report this comment
I too have Dolfin shorts. My favorites are the candy stripes, and the two colored ones. I wear them under mini and other skirts/dresses. I never wear a skirt/dress without a pair of shorts underneath. It's a habit I've had since grade school when the only thing little girls were allowed to wear was dresses/skirts.

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