Leather shorts – once the uniform of street walkers, then (weirdly) adopted by dads in the 80s, now wardrobe staple of the stylish and readily available in your local branch of Topshop. Unfortunately, leather shorts still have an air of the cheap and easy about them, especially when teamed with a low neckline and mottled skin.
I picked up a vintage pair over summer but have been too terrified to tackle them sans tights. They’ve been loitering in my wardrobe waiting for a pair of 120 deniers to hook up with, so now the weather’s cooler and my self-imposed hosiery ban has lifted (May-August people – tights look wrong in summer) I’m giving them a go. Here are my tips for wearing leather shorts without looking slutty…
- A fine knit jumper in a pretty colour will soften that ‘biker babe’ look. Go for something loose and floaty to keep it casual.
- Only the thickest of thick tights will do – this is not the time nor the place for anything sheer. A sturdy 100+ denier should do the trick.
- Flat brogues like these Bertie beauties add to the vintage style. Ankle boots with a small heel would work well too, but steer clear of the perspex platforms.
- Go for delicate accessories – a cute brooch and chunky ring keep things simple.
Optional – pink sparkly nail varnish sends out mixed signals when worn with leather – your fingers may say ‘princess’ but your ass says ‘kinky’.
What do you think – can leather shorts be daywear or are they distinctively ‘lady of the night’?