Leather is back in a big way. No longer exclusive to the biker babe, the new shapes are sleek and stylish, yet still maintain an edge. On the runway, Alexander Wang, Balmain and Phi showed the most memorable pieces, while a bevy of other designers did amazing looks too. For everyday wear, follow these tips.
Let the leather piece take center stage. Everything else should serve as a complement. If you go with leather bottoms, temper it with a floaty chiffon blouse or slouchy cashmere sweater and punctuate the look with a thick cuff. Though playing up the rocker vibe is a natural choice, I say it’s all about the unexpected pairings this season.
Of course, every girl needs a go-to motorcycle jacket in her repertoire. A leather blazer is a great option as well. A vest is also a great transitional item to wear over summer pieces now and heavier knits later. Throw these toppers over everything you own, from jeans to dresses, for instant street cred. It’s so chic when it almost seems like an afterthought.
Leather can cost you a week’s paycheck (or more), but if you find one must-have stunner, it’ll last forever and get better with age. The fit should be flawless. Find form-fitting pieces that aren’t skintight. It’s also crucial that the material does not look like cheap poly blend – even if it is. Don’t risk looking trashy (there, I said it). Luckily, there are great faux options out there; just scour Zara or Urban Outfitters.
Takeaway lesson: despite it’s intimidating looks, leather is pretty versatile when you’ve got a few stylish tricks up your sleeve. Any way you wear it, it’s got attitude. Motorcycle optional.
Read on for some of my top leather finds!
Silence & Noise Tiered Faux Leather Skirt, $78. I love the girly take on a bad ass fabric.
Rag & Bone Raw Edge Leather Dress, $995. If you’re going to do a leather dress, this is the one. Add killer shoes and no additional styling necessary.
French Connection Sam Military Jacket, $598. Wear it with the buttons open over a vintage tee and you’ll be the coolest girl on the street.
Under.Ligne by Doo.Ri Leather-trimmed Leggings, $495. The leather patches elevate it a step up from the ubiquitous leggings.
Express Minus the Leather Strong Shoulder blazer, $98. A simple blazer with strong shoulders. Balmain, anyone?
Joie Ailey Moto Jacket, $689. What a chic alternative to the expected black.
7 For All Mankind Leather Mini, $325. A simple and easy-to-wear skirt.
Urban Renewal Remade Leather Trouser Vest, $58. I love the shape and cut- looks amazing either zipped or unzipped.
Twenty8Twelve “Grady” Jacket, $645. Take a page out of designer Sienna Miller’s book and layer over a flirty floral frock.
T by Alexander Wang Classic Mini Pocket Tank, $73; NOW: $36.50. And finally…the perfect tee to wear with everything. Love the shape, love the color.
– PAULA LEE
Splash image by Cassie Torda