Last week as I was flying to Mexico, my mom handed me The Wall Street Journal. I’m not gonna lie, I never read The Wall Street Journal; it just doesn’t piqué my interest. However, this article Shorting Leather totally caught my eye. It’s all about the current influx of leather shorts. Apparently these puppies are a modern take on the Bavarian Lederhosen and they are ALL the rage. It seems like almost every big designer is providing their take on leather shorts.
According to the article, despite the fact that the leather shorts are rather pricey, (even Zara’s are $99) these shorts are still selling because, “consumers see them as an investment piece, like a leather jacket.” Consumers believe that leather shorts are something that they will be able to wear for many seasons to come. In theory leather shorts seem awesome. They look super bad-ass and edgy, yet refined. They way these shorts are styled makes them look amazing!
But my problem is all I can imagine is sweat + leather = fabric death trap. Also, I already look edgy and hardcore without trying. When you put me in leather I just look like a punk. So, I am not so sure how I feel about leather shorts. I don’t know I have to agree with Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She doesn’t think that leather shorts will last long enough to become a classic. “It doesn’t seem to me, pardon the pun, to be a look that has legs.” I have to agree. They seem totally fun but I don’t think they are going to be around for very long.
So what do you think?
Leather shorts: Enduring classic or temporary trend?