Leather in fashion dates back a long way. From cowboy’s chaps to Hells Angel’s biker jackets, it’s always been the ultimate way to make a statement, no matter what look you’re going for. Jackets have been around for years, taking all different shapes and forms to fit current trends, but lately, it’s not just been jackets taking the forefront – leather shorts are taking over.
In the 1980s, punk and metal bands were known for their love of leather, with men donning the skimpiest of trousers on stage. However, in more recent years, it’s been left to the ladies of rock to keep the fashion alive. Debbie Harry, one of the most iconic women of the 80’s, showcased the ultimate way to wear leather. With the help of Cyndi Lauper, Grace Jones and Madonna to name just a few, leather bottoms fast became a must have trend for women of the 80’s.
This was continued into the 90’s by Courtney Love, but soon became a statement of aggressive sexuality, and with the turn of the new millennium, was shunned to the rock and roll days of the past. Then, in 2010, Alexander Wang’s Spring/Summer collection revolutionised leather for the modern age. 80’s style was back, with shoulder pads and knee high socks shot back into style, bringing with them the perfect modern style of leather shorts.
Loosely inspired by traditional German lederhosen, with their high waist bands and loose crotch, 21st century leather has taken a more feminine turn, opting for slim fitting flattery rather than skin-tight sexuality.
Ever since his show at 2009’s September Fashion Week, leather shorts have been a hot trend on the high street, donned by celebrity fashionistas from Alexa Chung to Lauren Conrad. Despite recurring as a popular style in September’s London Fashion Week 2012, the look is still revered by the less fashion forward as impractical and hard to style. To help you out, we’ve selected the top 3 ways to wear leather, just to prove the effortless cool these multi-seasonal shorts can provide.
A wide range of leather shorts and skirts are available in Nordic Poetry’s Autumn/Winter collection here.