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Finding and purchasing these shorts is one of those shopping moments I remember vividly. I told my friend over the phone, “I just bought high-waisted leopard shorts that needed to be in my life.” What can I say? When the clothes speak to me, I have to listen. If I don’t, it’s like a slap in the face to the fashion gods, and upsetting them is not especially high on my to-do list.

This look is all about mixing textures and proportions. The high-low top (also lovingly referred to as “the mullet”), short shorts and ridiculously tall Litas (which I also like to call “The Fashion Girl’s Doc Martens”) play off each other to make an aesthetically interesting balance. By starting with the statement-making leopard shorts and building the outfit around them, I’m able to work multiple trends at once without overdosing.

What do you think of this look? Share in the comments below. Unless you don’t like it, then I think I’d rather you keep your comments to yourself…

Top: Lush. Shorts: Yaya Nom de Plume. Sunglasses: Gucci. Boots: Jeffrey Campbell.