Leather Forecast

As far as trends go, leather shorts is one of this year’s surprising breakout stars. I’ve always been slightly wary of black leather skirts and shorts (there’s a fine line between seriously cool and flat-out dominatrix), but style blogger Kaitlin Isabella of Buffalo Stance makes her faux leather shorts look simultaneously edgy and chic by pairing them with an elegant button-down, fringed clogs, and floppy vintage hat.

What’s your stance on leather pants?


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    Susan 08/26/2010 at 5:46 pm #

    No to leather shorts. Shorts are supposed to provide comfort in the heat, and I just cannot image black leather providing any sort of cooling effect at all.
    However, I am not particularly against full length leather pants. I think they provide a very dramatic look when worn properly, and a distracting eyesore when worn wrong.

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    Kim 08/26/2010 at 5:54 pm #

    I saw this look on weardrobe, and it is total perfection. I think leather pants/shorts can be done, but you have to have the right attitude and confidence.

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    Kate 08/26/2010 at 5:58 pm #

    Barely pull-off-able. I would go for it with maybe an untucked slouchy shirt. Belted draws a little too much attention IMO. It’s a fun trend if you’re really looking for a fun trend.

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    Katie 08/26/2010 at 6:05 pm #

    Man, I don’t care one way or another about it looking dominatrix-y. No way would leather shorts be the least bit comfortable in shorts weather! Plus it would just make things… ugh… sweaty.

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    lei ann 08/26/2010 at 6:15 pm #

    i think it’s the perfect seasonal transition piece & really edges out a casual outfit. when worn with opaque tights, i find them more comfortable than skirts. they definitely shouldn’t be any shorter than the blogger above though. NO ONE wants to see leather booty shorts!

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    Elisha Lynn 08/26/2010 at 6:55 pm #

    I noticed this trend when I was looking through the most recent Free People catalog. They don’t look very comfy!

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    sofia 08/26/2010 at 7:23 pm #

    Disregarding all matters of practicality, I am really digging that look…

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    Ann 08/26/2010 at 8:43 pm #

    I’m too busy drooling over those fringed clogs to notice the leather shorts.

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    Heather 08/26/2010 at 9:09 pm #

    I love the look here, but too often, it goes wrong. And can we say uncomfortable?

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    kristar 08/26/2010 at 9:52 pm #

    i had a pair of leather shorts about 2 years ago but, i gave it away to my sister who really wanted them badly, so being a good little sister i obeyed….*sigh*…..i still regret that.

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    Angela 08/27/2010 at 5:12 am #

    that’s an adorable look, and it’s hard to look “adorable” with leather!


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    laura trevey 08/27/2010 at 8:28 am #

    She definitely pulls it off ~ love it!

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    jenn 08/27/2010 at 2:15 pm #

    I love leather shorts

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    Monica 08/27/2010 at 2:54 pm #

    love it love it!!!

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    Jackie 08/27/2010 at 3:20 pm #

    As long as it’s faux leather, I’m cool with it

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    Kit 08/27/2010 at 8:30 pm #

    I think leather shorts are a big no no. Your undies area would over heat and your legs would freeze. Leather full length pants can work if the temperature is cool enough, but the shorts…no.

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    Alice 08/29/2010 at 7:25 pm #

    Being an animal lover, leather is always a no for me.

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    C 08/30/2010 at 9:18 am #

    All kinds of no.

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    Danielle 08/30/2010 at 12:51 pm #

    um, I don’t know, I have mixed feelings about this….I sort of love it.

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    eat.sleep.wear. 08/31/2010 at 3:46 pm #

    um WOW. this look is so HOT. i need it now!!

    xo, kim http://www.eatsleepwear.com

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    LaCresh Woodard 09/04/2010 at 1:09 pm #

    I really this piece. You went outside of the box. Not everyone can put this particular piece, but you rocked it.

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