The leather shorts: on its way to classic
Every fashionista must own a pair of leather shorts says Net-a-Porter.Com. This urban chic trend will be present on the fashion scene for at least two seasons, and even if it may seem like targeted for teens, new designs on offer are more women friendly. Sure this look could easily slip into the tacky zone if being too short, tight and “zipper-y” or teamed up with glitzy tops – Balmain even counts on this formula.
The best way to include a pair of leather shorts in a modern wardrobe is to search a slouchy/ A-line cut with cuffs or pleats in classic black or brown. This style looks ultra chic worn with a loose blouse or a fine knit sweater and high heels. Laser cut leather that resembles lace is representative for the high level of refinement of this fashion material.
Leather or high quality faux leather has became a common fabric in clothing so if a pair of tailored twill shorts is office-appropriate a pair of leather shorts will become a wardrobe staple for an edgy, rebel look. Leather skirts and slim pants have a more grown up appearance but if you have great legs why not show them off? These slick shorts are a better way to flaunt a toned body than the ubiquitous mini dress.
As for the classic status, as long it will keep a note of sassiness this wardrobe piece will remain a fashionable choice. Fall/Winter 2011 collections highlight a more mature look with leather shorts grazing the knee while for resort 2012 designers agreed unanimously that black leather shorts are a perfect piece for a holiday no matter the destination.
Famous bloggers like French girl Betty or Californian Rumi Neely are truly fashion icons for a youthful, urban-cool style that often includes a slick leather piece. Street style photographers such as Hanneli Mustaparta and Wayne Tippets always feature great snapshots around the world as they travel for the ever growing number of fashion weeks.
And lastly, the fashionable girls featured on Chictopia put a lady-like/preppy spin on the leather shorts trend. An early proof that this trend will continue next year too is the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin spring/summer 2012 that took place last month (6-9 July 2011). Keep an eye for Copenhagen and Stockholm fashion weeks this August.
fashion collections photo credit: style.com, Mercedes-Benz fashion week.