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I saw this edgy material show up in all sorts of styles this season, from fitted tanks to full-on dresses. Some turned out better than others…

My favorite? The leather short, which was pulled off with elan by high and low brow designers alike- from Pucci and Celine, to Wang and Rag & Bone. (Then there were the p-pleather knock-offs- Dont. Even. Go. There.)

The fashion forward look works for a night out (dress them up with heels) or a day around town (flats will give them an off-duty flair).

Here are three of my favorites: The Wang-inspired American Retro Kristen shorts, off-label (but real leather) basic Blank Denim leather shorts and these Rag & Bone paper bag leather shorts from Shopbop.