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.
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.
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.