leather shorts

In the last year or so, my favorite thing to wear out at night has become shorts. They can be just as dressy as a skirt or dress, but are twice as comfortable and more low key. With the emphasis on leather everything this fall, I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of leather shorts to incorporate into my mix of regulars. I’ve found a few basic pairs on asos (here and here), and shopbop has about 67 pairs I want (example numero uno), including a fun mint colored pair by J Brand. I also recently discovered these mega sale Thakoon ones on Edition01 and debate pulling the trigger on them daily.

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leather shorts- olivia palermo

After much debate (and even more online style stalking) over what to wear with them, I’ve decided they are surprisingly versatile. I’ve seen them styled with stripes, sweaters and denim for day (truth be told- what really sold me on a pair was seeing them on my favorite chic pea- Olivia Palermo- bottom photo ) But by night, they can be transformed for cocktail hour with a silky top or a blazer and heels.

For a casual day, I’d wear the rag and bone pair with an oversized sweater and boots. (other sweater ideas here and here– such a fun fuzzy texture to contrast the slick leather) Top off the look with an architectural TB cuff and this funky tassel necklace.

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The more ladylike version of this daytime ensemble, channeling Kourtney K, would go something like this- tailored shorts by Tibi, Tucker polka dot blouse (similar one here), opaque tights, and these sick Tory Burch jeweled booties. Seriously, I NEED THEM. Unfortunately, I doubt I would wear them more than…twice. Screen shot 2013-09-19 at 10.14.00 PM

Last but not least, for a fun night out or dressy event, try a pair with a dressy top, clutch and heels. My favorite blouses are this amazing embellished Anna Sui, a sequined reversible top from Anthropologie, and another drape-y number by Haute Hippie (currently on sale.) The heels are Aquazzura but for a similar look try these. Finish off the look with a crocodile clutch to hold all of your essentials.

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