I have always liked the idea of hot pants/tailored shorts worn over thick, opaque legwear. It's a look I sported in my youth, back in the eighties. Even then, I only wore it on days when I felt a little confident, because from an early age I have been plagued by the idea that I have stumpy legs. Well, OK, my legs are not stick thin but they're not bad, they're brillant for dancing the charleston so I thought, hey, why not.

I have two pairs of trusted shorts I usually wear in the heat of the summer, when everyone else already is and when not wearing them would look weird.

Pics 1-2: I started with the pair I prefer, from Quebec brand Annie 50 http://shop.freshcollective.co.....ack-crepe/ It has an asymmetrical button fly design that mimics a fly bursting open from a round stomach, which I find completely postmodern humor, especially since these are exceptionnally well tailored. They are also high waist. I paired them with Lululemon leggings and hunter rubber rain booties (apparently it's going to rain a lot around here in the next few months).

Pics 3-4: I added a black leather biker style moto. Now would I dare go teach like that? (Students are 17-24).
I'm tackling two stumbling blocks here with the bet that I can make badassery out of it: showing so much of my legs and wearing flats. Bulky flats. It's totally out of the box for me, but it's so fun!

Pic 5: With a little polyester printed short sleeves I got last year at Forever21, but which I actually wore on a few occasions last summer. I can make it warmer with a cami.

Pic 6: Same shorts, same leggings, this time with sandals and socks, and a smart jacket.

Pic 7 : A version closer to what I wore in the 80's: lighter opaque tights (as opposed to leggings), heeled booties, Tommy H. light denim short shorts, belt, brown faux leather jacket. I'm not sure if this is appropriate for teaching because of the slight transparency in the opaque tights, combined with the bootie's high heel.

What do you think?

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