Fall’s Newest Fetish: Luxe Leather post image

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!

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Spring Must Have: Trench Coats post image

Spring Must Have: Trench Coats

A classic trench-coat is one of those year-round must-have items that can always be counted on to up the chic-quotient of your look. A well-cut trench will never be outdated and is a wardrobe staple for current trend-setters such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Victoria Beckham, to name a few, and was one for fashion icons of the past like Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn.

If you’re a celeb, you can afford a classic Burberry trench (all the ladies above are wearing styles from the iconic fashion house), but don’t despair if you don’t have that much cash lying around because there are tons of fantastic trench styles out there at all price points!

When buying a trench, look got a style that allows for layering underneath so you can get mileage out of this item in the winter months, but still sleek and fitted so it doesn’t add bulk to your figure.

Check out 10 terrific trenches at all price points after the jump! [continue reading…]

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