When I was in college in the early-to-mid 1990s, one of the big fashion trends for the preppy set was wool walking shorts worn with tights. Often you wore them with a nice sweater and one of those large belt buckles that you could trade out. I had a horse buckle, as well as lion heads. I think they’re still somewhere in my dresser.
Anyhoo, now it appears that this trend had returned for the fall and winter of 2010. Although, this time around, the shorts are a bit, well, shorter and often worn with high heels. To this, I say, “No.” Now the look is more Boho Chic, rather than preppy. In some cases, almost sloppy looking. If I were to jump into this trend again, I’d wear a pair of loafers or ballet flats - maybe riding boots - and make sure the heam line is a tad longer than what the young’uns are wearing.
Last Sunday I saw a woman wearing a pair of wool shorts in a fabulous pink herringbone, in what I consider to be the appropriate length. She wore it with a gorgeous pink cashmere turtleneck. Never mind the fact that its 80 degrees outside, she looked great. I wish I had asked her where she purchased them. But is that the appropriate thing to do in church? Even after mass? Probably not. I'm not there to people watch. Shame on me. (And, cue the Catholic guilt.)
So, what do you think of the return of wool walking shorts? Like/dislike?
P.S. – For those of you who are fans of “The Sound of Music,” be sure to watch or DVR tomorrow’s Oprah Winfrey show. She’s going to have the entire cast on her show, including Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. She also plans to have members of the actual Von Trapp family there as well. I can’t wait to watch it with my daughter!
Images courtesy of katemossfashion.com, The New York Times and Tommy Hilfiger