The One That Got Away

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We’re in that transitional time of year where one day it will be in the high 70s and the next it will barely crack 60 degrees. This particular day started off rather warm- warm enough for me to wear these faux leather shorts.

I searched high and low for these faux leather shorts. When they first came out a few years ago, they were a pretty popular item and I saw them popping up on style blogs left and right. By the time I decided I wanted them, they were sold out everywhere. I kept checking the website to see if they would bring them back and I went to a few different stores, but no luck. I also told my sister to keep an eye out for them in California.

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A few months passed by and one day she texted me to say she’d spotted two pairs of the shorts in a Forever 21 near her. They had one size medium and I told her to grab them and go straight to the register. She put them in the mail to me soon after and I wasn’t sure they’d fit, but happily they did. I couldn’t believe my luck!

I’ve had these shorts for years now and I still love to wear them. If it’s not swelteringly hot in the summer, I’ll pull them on and bare my legs. I also like to wear them with tights and boots during the colder months.

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Outfit Details: Gap cardigan, Gap tee, Forever 21 faux leather shorts, H&M sneakers, Gorjana-Griffin necklace | photos of me- my sister

Tell me: Do you have any items in your closet that you had to search high and low for?

  • Cut outfit I love leather shorts as well and mine are from F21 too.


    • Thank you Rachelle :)

  • sartorialsidelines

    I have a pair of F21 faux leather shorts as well that I just love – I’m so glad you found a pair!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

    • Me too! I’m not letting them go!

  • There’s almost something more satisfying about wearing the pieces that almost got away. Mine was a Chanelesque jacket from H&M that I had to visit 6 stores over a span of 2 weeks to track down. This was before they went e-commerce.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • Yes, it’s true! I’m so glad H&M has e-commerce now- it felt like we were waiting for that forever!

  • heather

    yes love your shorts and this whole look. i have a pair of faux leather shorts that i totally forgot i had until now. i wonder if they fit me….i need to pull them out from god knows where.


    • Thanks Heather! Yeah, I have a bunch of my clothes away in a suitcase and I don’t even know what’s in there. I should probably donate most/all of that stuff.

  • oh I love this story that you eventually got your shorts! I have had shopping moments like that. I used to feel so much more heart broken about it but I have learned to lessen that feeling because I try to convince myself that it’s better on my wallet and closet. =D haha

    • Yeah, I try to remember that it’s just clothes, but some items really stick with me (for example, the Bien Fait Madewell tee which actually did get away).

  • Yes, these shorts are too cute! You have the great figure to pull them off as well. I love these photos, adorable outfit. Happy weekend.

    • Thanks so much Madison! Hope you had a great weekend :)

  • It looks great on you! Your hair looks lovely there.

    Katrina Sophia

  • SHE Jenmarie

    They look so cute on you! I also love the way they look with tights. You got lucky ;)

    • Thanks Jenmarie! I did- sometimes it works out :)

  • Leather shorts are so great! I always feel like I want to get them, but I can never find the perfect pair.

    There are so many pieces of clothing I regret passing by…

    • I really like these ones are high-waisted. I just like high-waisted bottoms in general. If a piece of clothing really sticks in my mind, I take that as a sign that I should get it (of course, sometimes it’s too late)!

  • m

    you look amazing!!!

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    • Thanks so much! I’ll definitely check out your post :)

  • I love it when the item you thought you missed out on finds it way to you! The shorts are really cute and do seem like a great transitional item. I am hoping we still have a several more 70° days in our future too.

    Chic on the Cheap

    • Thank you! I would mind a few more warm days myself, although yesterday was really nice :)