New York Fashion Week is always accompanied by one too many over the top outfits (at least for my taste). Sure, it’s a great opportunity to experiment in the dressing room, making pairings that you’d normally consider to be too out there for just any day at the office. But at times, the looks go too far. Then, there are the masters, the people who can style those risqué pieces just right and make their outfits feel both fitting of the occasion and not in need of any editing down.
One such sartorial mastermind is Olivia Wilde (not to mention her stylist, Karla Welch), who arrived at the Michael Kors Collection spring/summer 2024 show in Brooklyn this week wearing arguably 2023’s most daring trend: hot pants. Minuscule in size but huge in impact, the teeny-tiny shorts that’ve been popping up all year are shockingly difficult to style in a low-key, approachable manner. And yet, that’s exactly how I’d describe Wilde’s look, which included the brown, suede short shorts, a matching cashmere sweater, sheer tights, and a floor-length coat, all of which were designed by the man of the hour, Michael Kors. She also added her signature Ray-Ban Wayfarers, of course, and knee-high, suede boots from Stuart Weitzman. Just like that, Wilde cracked the code on styling hot pants for fall: Add a maxi coat, tights, and boots, and voila! A completely wearable way to wear bottoms that are only an inch away from being underwear (though, I’m kinda a fan of that trend too…).
Scroll down to see Wilde’s look for the Michael Kors Collection show.