3.27.2011

Daily Threads: Leather Shorts

 
 top: vintage/grandmother's {similar}
shorts: swapped {similar}
shoes: bandolino {similar}
necklaces as bracelets: self-made

  

By the magic of Twitter, about 10 of us girls got together and decided a.) we were the same size and b.) we wanted to swap clothes. Instead of pairing up, we did a "pass to the right" kind-of deal. I passed some of my clothes to Angeline and I received clothes from Sarah. After a week or two, we'll send clothes back to their owner. It's a great way to try some new clothes without spending money!

When I opened my box from Sarah and saw these shorts I was both petrified and ecstatic. Leather shorts?! High-waited leather shorts at that! I decided they needed something completely opposite to be paired with - my initial thought was a soft, floral top. Well, I don't really have a floral top - not one that would have gone with these shorts. Next best thing? A soft, ivory silk top (courtesy of my grandma) that has a lovely bow-tie front and ruffle collar detail. Throw on some nude shoes and it's perfect. 

The juxtaposition of the leather shorts and the soft, bow-tie top makes this outfit perfect and wearable for me, and still let's the shorts take front and center. If Sarah wasn't so sweet (and didn't have my address), I might consider accidentally not putting these back in the box when returning her items...

62 comments:

Elaine said...

They look amazing on you!!!

Lisa D. said...

Those look amazing on you! I love the way you managed to make these leather shorts look anything but scandalous -- you look so classy! Like you could walk into church on Easter in this outfit or go out to a fancy dinner, and I would not even question the appropriateness of your look. I LOVE IT. =)

Classy Chassy said...

PERFECT combination! And you definitely have the legs for those shorts! ;)

Ashley said...

Kudos on a very classy look!

Natasha said...

I absolutely love what you did with those shorts! The look so perfectly romatic with the blouse and jewelry!

Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

Hayley said...

I would be petrified of those but you rock them!

Hayley
The Weekend File

Kelly said...

What a great way to pair the shorts! The very feminine blouse is so perfect to contrast the 'tough' leather. I love this on you!

Kelly
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Fierce Fabulous Fit said...

this is BRILLIANT!! And the shorts look great! Wow! I am so impressed with how you styled them. Leather can be difficult to make it look classy when it's shorts!! Perfecto!

Laura said...

Those shorts are INCREDIBLE! And I love them paired with that top. You are right about the juxtaposition being perfect.

Think Twice Style said...

Ahhhh! I was SO hoping that you would pair something fluttery on top! Beautiful! Oh and those shorts are too big for me... so, uh, maybe we could work something out. *wink wink*

Ruby Girl said...

gorgeous outfit. love the creme top and nude shoes. xoxo EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

Anik Milk said...

That shorts goes perfectly with the top! You look awesome!

Chloe Rushworth said...

These shorts are fab!

C x
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emma basilone said...

i love them!!! I have been looking for a pair of leather shorts for a while now, I got a skirt for like $5 at forever 21 so it will do for now!

Love this look!! <3

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Hannah said...

Not sure I'd even know where to start styling those shorts but they look great paired with that top and you wear them so well!

Bekah: Matters of Merrymaking said...

What a fun idea! And I think you paired the shorts magically!

matters of merrymaking

Morgan said...

I would have had the same reaction but you look great!!

Kate said...

Oooh, this might be my favorite of yours ever!! SO cute! Edgy, classic & chic all at the same time, I love it! You styled the shorts perfectly!

Teresa: Life and Style said...

I love the swap idea! You look great in those shorts :)

JennaStevie said...

Swaps are such a great idea!! New clothes for a bit, no money spent. I loove these leather shorts on you, especially with the feminine silk top. It's something definitely different for you, but it looks wonderful!! Gorgeous outfit
xJennaD

Keira L. said...

Love it! Your breezy blouse and nude sandals make them totally wearable for every day! How do I get into these kinds of swaps?! Looks like you have an awesome group of swappers!

Melissa said...

UTTER perfection!!! You look gorgeous and the blouse/heels are truly a match made in heaven with those shorts.

I think you should try to keep them. ;)

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Brittany D'Lynne said...

I think this is the PERFECT way to wear these shorts. Awesome!
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Monique Zuman said...

Amazing!!!

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Melody said...

I love this oufit! I need to find a group of girls my size, swapping sounds like fun!

Katelyn said...

This look is great on you! I ADORE that top.

kelseywilliams said...

The shorts are fabulous! I wish I was the same size so I could join y'all. Swapping is awesome. And I love that the shirt is your grandmother's! I was just thinking yesterday that I could get some great stuff from my nana!

Pixie in Pumps said...

ohhh! i love it! this is swapping gold! haha. I think i would have been terrified and intrigued, myself. You did a great job styling them! this is so lovely.

dani said...

This outfit is stunning - I die for each piece! - and I hope one day I can participate in such a fabulous swap! :)

<3 The Daily Dani

P.S. Can't wait for our CD swap!

Sarah said...

This is AMAZING. You pull off the leather shorts. And those shoes! I love it! Your legs look crazy long. I wish I could wear shorts already!! You look darling as usual. Your hair look especially nice today :)

Keri said...

First of all...great stems! And second, love the soft feminine pairing with the leather. Though, would love to see you do a juxtaposition of this outfit too...for fun.

Sara Jane Elizabeth said...

This IS perfect! I've never loved leather shorts, but this is AMAZING on you.

CessOviedo said...

You totally rocked those leather shorts, nothing like a crispy white shirt, great job! I'm wondering what else is in that box, can't wait to see you wearing different stuff, great idea you girls had!

<3 Cess O.
The Outfit Diaries

GoodFrameofMind said...

What a fun idea - I love the vintage shirt with the shorts.

Eclectic Flair said...

Wow, you are really rocking those shorts! I love that you paired it wish such a classy blouse!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Amy said...

Can I have your legs please?!

Kristen said...

You are some seriously hot stuff in that outfit, miss Linley! Love it - you styled these shorts perfectly. And you have some UH-MAZING legs!

Celeste said...

I love the softness of the blouse with the hard leather is perfection!

Angeline said...

Wow, leather shorts! That does sound challenging. But I LOVE what you did with them. So excited to start working with your items this week. :)

Krust said...

Those shorts are amazing, and I Love how you put this outfit together! You look fantastic.

Krust

Kristin said...

I looove this neutral outfit. Those shorts are now on my wish list!

Kristin
http://dollparade.blogspot.com

Fashionably Learning To Be said...

I love the juxtaposition of the flowey top and leather shorts! The jewelry you made is a nice way to tie the two together...pearls and chains!

Alison said...

You are one brave girl! I am WAY too much of a fashion pansy to attempt leather shorts, but you pull them off gloriously! Great job on a super cute outfit!

kimmie said...

Linley, you are AMAAZZZINGGG. Seriously, girl. You can rock the leather shorts like nobody's business. I just bought a pair of leather shorts a few weeks ago and was struggling with how to wear them, now I think I'm just going to copy you ;)

Liz said...

This looks awesome!!! :)
-Lizzy

kileen said...

you did a great job styling these leather shorts!! i love this necktie bow blouse and the softness is the perfect juxtaposition for the leather. can't wait to see what other swapped goodies you received!

cute & little

Sarah said...

I love what you did with them! I think if I picked these up I'd have a similar petrified/ecstatic reaction. Great outfit!!

MONKEYFACE said...

HOTNESS. Sarah done you GOOD. Also grandma done you good, too. That blouse is so beautiful and pairing it with the leather was genius!

Plain Jane said...

I'm in love with that blouse! You have one stylish grandma!!

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sisters4saymoreismore said...

you are literally the only person i can think of that can pull off leather shorts and look so chic! you go girl!

~selina

Savannah said...

What a great idea! I love those shorts! they are amazing!!

srochelle said...

Linley you look so amazing! Your legs look miles long and it all just looks perfectly romantic and grounded!

Rochelle

http://rochelleapproved.tumblr.com/

Pink said...

this look is perfect. Love the pairing of the soft and hard together. I'm always afraid to "toughen" my looks up with a hard element but this would be a great way to start.Now I just have to find me some leather shorts!

Christine said...

Even though you were apprehensive you styled them so modern and beautifully!
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aaez said...

GENIUS idea i want in haha. you really rocked this outfit. perfect balance, like beyond perfect!

-aaez

my soul is the sky said...

these shorts are great! so ready for spring :)

The Pretty Life Anonymous said...

HOT!!!

bethany said...

those are fantastic leather shorts! I want a pair! The top that you paired with it is perfect!

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Joy said...

You've managed to make leather shorts look elegant (an almost impossible task, but you've done it!)

You look lovely!

Rachael said...

Great combo. I love the leather and softer top paired together like that!

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Lyndsy said...

So cute on you! I love how lady like you made leather!