Cardigan with leather shorts outfit

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Leather shorts and bike shorts outfits are hot trends this year. But while bike shorts, which are a short version of tights, are more for summer, leather shorts are all-year garments. The great thing about leather and other wide-leg shorts is that you can wear them all year round by layering them with tights. Throw on a pretty blouse or a simple T-shirt and your outfit is near complete. If it’s cool, finish off the look with a final layer like a blazer or a cardigan. For cooler months we love the look of shorts with tights and boots. The hottest boots right now are “vellies” and cowboy style boots.


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In this outfit, we’ve teamed JMVB‘s Faux Leather Shorts with a choice of tops from either Smudj or Asha Eleven. The cardigan we’ve added is made from limited run 100% cotton yarn. The yarn is certified by Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) an internationally recognised standard for sustainable cotton from Africa.


Believe it or not, your velskoene or “vellies” are no longer just for the bush (safari). This unexpected boots trend is HOT. Even our South African Olympic Team entered the stadium in Tokyo in vellies at the opening ceremony. Resistance is futile, but we can choose to wear local “designer vellies”. Joburg brand House of Cinnamon has brought out the beautiful, suede Taylor Boot that is cut wide on the ankle just like vellies. Cape Town brand Reefer brought out an innovative cork version of this bush boot. Either way, we anticipate that the world will soon be wearing vellies. Be ahead of the trend. They will also look great with your shorts outfit!


You may think that shorts are not for you but there are so many versions out there. If you don’t like too much exposure go for longer versions. If you are curvy, look for wide-leg versions that sit in the waist. Wearing shorts with tights on cooler days does make them more wearable for most.

The Smudj Phoebe Top is close-fitting on the body with a trendy puff sleeve. The fabric does not cling but is stretchy. This top looks best with high waisted pants or skirts.

The Asha Eleven Happy Turtles Top in this outfit is made from soft breathable hemp. The top has quite a high neck and a curved hem. I like this top because it’s not baggy but is loose on the body.

The Asha Eleven Betsy Cardigan is one of those items that’s timeless. I love the colour blocking and the different knitting styles on it. It is also a very limited edition and is knitted from sustainable African cotton. This style will suit most body types since it is loose and draped.

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Photo cred and outfit: Asha Eleven (Outlander Blouse and Salama Shorts available on Equilibrio)

We hope you like our shorts outfit! See more combinations and outfits on the blog.

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