How to Rock: Leather Shorts

Olivia in Tibi shorts and jacket, LNA tank, and Charlotte Olympia shoes.

-By Angela Su-  

Leather shorts are a study in contradiction, combining the luxury of rich leathers and the casual silhouette of shorts. Their duality makes them a formidable fashion trend to conquer – but also gives leather shorts their versatility and contemporary cool. Here are some tips to help you master this tricky trend:

Keep it Casual: The structure of leather shorts and the luxe material instantly dresses an outfit up. Take inspiration from Alexander Wang’s unforgettable varsity-inspired Spring 2010 collection, which played off of the collegial athleticism of football by pairing structured sweatshirts with lace-up leather shorts. Evoke your own sense of casual chic by throwing on top a comfortable tee, all grown-up with special detailing like Dolman sleeves or cut-out shoulders.
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Soften the Edge: Leather apparel inevitably brings to mind the nitty gritty of biker chic. Add an element of surprise to an outfit by adding tailored feminine pieces like a gauzy button-down or a ruffled blouse. Top it off with a neat and structured blazer to keep the look streamlined and sleek.
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Fall in Style: Summertime presents a predicament for lovers of leather shorts: while the length finally feels appropriate, the leather fabric seems a touch steamy for the season. Lucky for us, fall is fast approaching. While the weather stays moderate, leather shorts easily be paired with slouchy lightweight knits. As Fall progresses, transition effortlessly with the addition of opaque tights and a fitted coat.
Angela Su, a native New Yorker, is a senior studying sociology at Harvard University. She loves cats, cassettes, and anything Miuccia Prada has ever touched. 

27 Comments

  • October 7, 2011

    Anonymous

    nice

  • October 7, 2011

    Anonymous

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  • October 8, 2011

    Anonymous

    Love this look!

  • October 8, 2011

    Anonymous

    Love it, just got myself a new pair of leather shorts:)

  • October 8, 2011

    Anonymous

    I love leather shorts but haven’t worn mine since purchasing them as I’ve been struggling with what to pair them with.

    Thanks for the endless inspiration!

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  • October 9, 2011

    Anonymous

    Beautiful this shorts, I loved the peep toe.
    kiss

  • October 9, 2011

    Anonymous

    I love this color of Charlotte Olympia shoes….

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  • October 11, 2011

    Anonymous

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  • October 11, 2011

    Anonymous

    Love the shorts – and the jacket is beautiful! I’m a big fan of leather shorts, my vintage black pair had many an outing over fashion week! Great post. Sian x

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  • October 11, 2011

    Anonymous

    All these colors blend together beautifully. It is so important to blast these warm colors out of the wardrobe for Fall! and don’t get me started on two tone heels – especially ones that are emerald green and gold…these are my favorite kind of Golden Delicious!

  • October 11, 2011

    Anonymous

    here u go my dear !!!!!!!!!!!!! keep on rockin……………………..

  • October 11, 2011

    Anonymous

    Your shoes are awsome!!!

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  • October 12, 2011

    Anonymous

    i like the coat

  • October 12, 2011

    Anonymous

    love the look and the website! hope we’ll see you soon. kisses from hamburg

  • October 12, 2011

    Anonymous

    i like this look ! it’s fashion <3

  • October 13, 2011

    Anonymous

    Love the color combination, yellow & red! Looks great

  • October 14, 2011

    Anonymous

    the pictures are way to small on the front page!

  • October 14, 2011

    Anonymous

    Great Look. We are great fans of your style in http://www.redfashion.es.

  • October 14, 2011

    Anonymous

    Olivia P inspires again…

  • October 14, 2011

    Anonymous

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  • October 16, 2011

    Anonymous

    Hi! I’m a 15 years old girl from spain and i really love your blog, i think your style is si amazing and i like it so much!

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  • December 20, 2011

    Anonymous

    I love the colors.

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