In today’s Wall Street Journal, the delightful Rachel Dodes reports that leather shorts are hot, but not in the “too hot to wear in the summer” way. They’re hot as in “selling like hotcakes.” Rachel (with whom I’m acquainted) writes, “The new look made its runway debut last season in the shows of Chloe and Emilio Pucci and then turned up in dozens of collections for spring 2010. Now, a barrage of leather shorts are hitting stores.”
Rachel points out that most women who want to sport the look are going to have to hit the stores too. The average gal can’t shop her closet for leather shorts.
Michelle tells me, “My first-ever pair of leather shorts came from a vintage shop when I was 18 in 1991. They were pretty tight and I wore them with black tights and biker boots.” Unfortunately, she has no photographs from her “goth Daisy Duke” phase, but she’s blogged plenty of pictures of a more recently-acquired pair of vintage leather shorts.
“Mind you,” Michelle says of her shorts, “I think I wear them all the ways they say not to in the article. I would never wear mine with flats, always heels!” Of course, Michelle is not the “ordinary consumer” Rachel describes in her story — the non-fashion gal who is increasingly encouraged by style blogs to try “outre trends.”
For those with concerns about leather shorts and hot weather, Michelle says she lives in Scotland, where it’s never too warm. For other locales, she points out that most shorts are lined so they shouldn’t stick to you even when the temperature starts to climb.A The Wall Street Journal article says that designers including Phoebe Philo at Celine are working with lightweight leather.
Michelle is keeping an eye on eBay for the Topshop Unique leather shorts she posted about in February.
At the time, she described them as “maaaasive leather granny pants,” and wondered, “Am I, or the world for that matter, ready to see me in huge, leather granny pants? I’m guessing the answer is a resounding no.” I love that she shrugged that thought off, as I expected she would.
If you’re looking for leather shorts of your own, Rachel’s Wall Street Journal article lists quite a few options. Whatever you do, don’t outbid Michelle for those Topshop granny pants on eBay.
Jennine of The Coveted should get a prize for getting my denim jumpsuit idea, clog enthusiasm and “Never is the next new thing™” adage into a single highlarious post.
If you’re a blogger who has done double denim but hasn’t made it into one of my double-denim posts, let me know so I can add you to the next one. Oh yes, there will be a next one.
UPDATED TO ADD: Check out the story Ray Smith did on double denim for the Wall Street Journal earlier this year. Thanks for pointing it out, Rachel!
UPDATED AGAIN TO ADD: I previously linked to What I Would Have Worn’s double-denim look but I really should have posted a photo because she’s wearing clogs too. Here you go!
UPDATED YET AGAIN TO ADD THIS POSTER:
CAN’T RESIST ANOTHER UPDATE: How did I forget my own post with the photos of Yoko Ono in what appear to be leather shorts? Hawt.