Leather shorts have been around at least as long as lederhosen. More recently they began appearing on runways circa 2008. Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted wearing them in late 2009, and they showed up in force on Spring 2010 runways, finally entering the fast fashion worlds of Forever21 and H&M soon after. And you know when the WSJ declares a fashion trend, as it did in April, said trend has been firmly established — perhaps even jumped the shark. But leather shorts don’t seem to be going away. MM6, Bird by Juicy, and Yigal Azrouel, just to mention a few are all selling fresh leather short styles for fall. If you sweated through summer in yours, you’ll be happy to know that as the weather cools you can pair them with tights and still feel on trend — hopefully with less perspiration.
We were so fascinated by this trend’s refusal to wane that we mapped the its evolution in the (apologies for our lack of graphic skilz) image above. Click on the image for a larger version!
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