How to wear it: leather shorts

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Still no joy on the weather front, eh? Well, as the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining, and this particularly grey cloud does have its plus side. Remember those leather shorts you’ve been lusting after all summer but haven’t been able to wear for fear of getting too, er, sticky? Now’s the perfect time to snap them up (or pull them out of your wardrobe if you’ve been especially savvy) and work them for this trans-seasonal period.

If you didn’t already know, shorts are the new-season way to wear leather – we’ve got our eye on Topshop’s purse-friendly pair that feature a flattering high waist and a wider leg. But just to make sure you stay stylish and don’t veer too far onto lederhosen territory, take a tip from us as to how to wear yours.

Silk pocket detail blouse, £125, Jaeger

Balance out your tough bottom half with a suitably sleek silk blouse – not only is it a wardrobe staple, it’ll add a touch of femininity to your edgy shorts. We love Jaeger’s slightly-sheer nude version with interesting pocket detail and a concealed button-up front. For an effortless look, tuck it in, roll the sleeves up a notch or two and leave a few buttons undone at the neck.

Ames suede ankle boots, £60, ASOS
Bare legs always welcome a heel – and these taupe suede ankle boots from Jaeger will lengthen your legs no end. With a matching block heel, these boots are a great way of adding extra texture to your outfit – something you’ll want plenty of come autumn – and keep things comfortably cool.

Ceannis big flap bag, £285, Browns Fashion
To stop your look becoming too put-together, add a slouchy bag for a just-thrown-on finish. The tan shade of this one from Ceannis will break up the nudes and black as well as working well for everyday – and we love the way the zipped canvas detailing adds a bit of interest.

Leather tab shorts, £68, Topshop

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