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Do you wear short shorts?

By this point in the trend game, everyone knows the routine: Each season, the fashion overlords decree a different body part “the new breasts” — that is, the portion of a woman’s body that will be focused on by magazine editors and designers and highlighted in clothing lines for a season or two.

Biceps, shoulders, abs — all have been declared must-perfect zones, of course, but eyelashes have, too, and, in 2012, with surgical enhancement on the rise, even the chin was crowned.

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The good news for those who aren’t still paying off a “chinplant” is that the fashion dictators have moved on. The bad news is that thanks to what must have been a micro shorts memo, butt cheeks now need their own personal trainer and exfoliants.

Even as men’s shorts grab headlines for their five-inch inseams, Forever 21 and its ilk are selling women’s shorts with legs that descend a mere 1.5 inches. (Just to save you some time, Forever 21’s black, faux leather shorts, 8 inches from waist to hem, and priced at $23, are sold out online).

The micro shorts not only show off a lot of leg, but, from the back, the line where the tush meets the thigh. It’s a zone so newly revealed that no one’s yet coined a must-click name. If micro-shorts critics and admirers have common ground, it’s frustration over the lack of a term. “I want to say ‘butt cleavage,’” one fashionista told me, “but that’s not it. That’s between the cheeks. This is under.”

As the sun glares, and the hunt for a meme-worthy name continues, there is at least one happy thing: short though they may be, the trendiest micros are high waisted. That’s right. You can let your abs go.

Beth Teitell can be reached at beth.teitell@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @BethTeitell.
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