Leather Shorts… at Alexander Wang

leather shorts outside wang
I spent two days shopping along Michigan Avenue with my family, who came up to spend Thanksgiving with me in Chicago. My littlest brother Matt is 17 and very, um, particular when it comes to selecting new shoes. According to him, my eye for fashion is outweighed by the fact that I’m his older sister, and therefore inevitably biased towards clothing that makes him look lame. Clearly he didn’t want any advice from me on what to wear, or buy. He only wanted to know what his older (my younger) brother Will thought. Fair enough!
So I ditched him, my mom, and my other younger brother Will in the Nordstrom shoe department to wander around the third floor. It was there that I happened upon the most fantastic pair of leather shorts. Aaaahhhhhhhh! I wanted them so badly! The moment I saw them, I knew it. My feelings had changed. I always hated leather shorts, I thought they were too provocative for me to wear. I’m firmly planted on the man-repeller side of fashion. But these ones were perfect, and not too sexy! When I leaned in to inspect them closer, I saw why I loved them so much. The brilliant Alexander Wang, who creates cool clothes I can actually afford, was the man behind them.
Which brings me to this photo! I vaguely remembered photographing a girl in leather shorts outside of his Spring 2012 show last September. Of course, when I got home later that night I went through the archives to find it. Discovering these leather shorts at Nordie’s finally gave me the chance to post this image. It’s inspiration too! Add a pair of tights or thigh-high socks to these bad boys and I’d be good to go for winter.

What about you, would you wear leather shorts?


  1. Great post.
    I have a pair, I wear them with tights and they are super comfortable. Not sure if I can pull them off without tights though 🙂


  2. It would definately depend on the weather, can't imagine going bared leg anything cooler than 70 degrees. Summer (bared leg) and wearing leather might be bit uncomfortable but winter w/a patterned tight, funky bootie, oh yea that's the ticket!

  3. I saw this girl a couple of times around the NY fashion shows. She's beautiful! She can definitely pull of those leather shorts. I wish I had legs like that!

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