Every season there is usually something in particular that catches my eye, and for the Spring/Summer 2013 I am happy to see the use of leather in so many of the spring lines. I love that designers are using leather as they would fabric. Ditching the stigma of being only for colder weather, designers are creating leather pieces that have both an amazing aesthetic and a fresh approach to summer dressing.
Last year during a trip to NYC, I bought a pair of Elizabeth and James black leather shorts that have been a wardrobe staple for me through the fall and winter. Worn with tights and boots, these shorts are a fabulous alternative to a skirt. Although my Elizabeth and James shorts are no longer available, the Lot78 Cuffed Leather Shorts are almost identical to mine and my pick for this week’s piece styled three ways.
What I love about this first look is the unexpected pairing of pieces that together completely work. You can wear your newly purchased Lot78 Leather Shorts with the Umiko floral print blouse by Mother of Pearl and Rag & Bone Harper Moto Boots for a little tough with a touch of sweet. And don’t forget one of my favorite cross-body bags, the Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal to the Metal Pouchette in black. Rockstar.
Leather and lace is such a great combination that it even inspired a song, (see Stevie Nicks and Don Henley, circa 1981), and I love it because it can take it to the next level of chic. This Joie Elvia Lace top is just what I am talking about. You will need a shoe that can keep the look gorgeous, and who does that better than Manolo Blahnik? His Axez Wedge Gladiator Sandal seals the deal. Personally, I would toss on a pile of strings of pearls, letting a couple strands fall down my back, grab my AB A Brand Apart Omnia Clutch and go be fabulous.
If you work in a place where tasteful but creative dress is appropriate, style these shorts as you would a skirt—opaque black tights with a open toe chunky shoe. This Vince Astrid Leather Slingback is perfect, a cool Etoile Isabel Marant Stacey blouse and a cropped blazer. I like this ASOS one for its versatility, but there are many styles and choices at just about every price point.
Think outside the box when you are dressing for work or play this summer. Leather shorts are the perfect way to show off your new summer sandals, look fab for a party, or be on the cutting edge at work. How you dress says a little story about you each day, so why not tell the world a really great short story?