This autumn winter season is all about leather – real or faux, but while hauling out your old favourite is permissible, it’s time to take the leather game up a notch. The humble leather jacket is one of those pieces that never goes out of style, but for autumn winter the classic, luxe fabric has leveled up to give pencil skirts, dresses, trousers and skirts a new season makeover, making us all lust over it. The material has grown up this season, lending an edge to seriously sophisticated silhouettes, from peplum tops to polished pencil skirts and also with a softer feel in pleated skirts.
Most people regard leather as tough and rugged. However, of late, the finest glove nappa leather has found a place in numerous collections, getting a ladylike spin at Tod’s, Alexander Mcqueen, Valentino and Hermès, among others. It looked particularly sharp in suiting. The cropped leather tops under velvet suits at Phillip Lim, leather skirts in black, falling to mid-calf, appear under oversized sweaters at Rag & Bone. Leather was found on trousers, skirts, dresses and more, even on hoodies for a cleaner effect. It was spotted in synthetic, shinier forms on Mulberry, with high necks, ruffled front, long sleeves, and above the knee hems.wet-effect patent leather and vinyl comes in both vibrant shades and more relaxed tones, like black, brown or pastel colors, appeared in the collections of Lacoste, Kenzo, Nina Ricci, Valentino, Iceberg, Lanvin and others.
Basically, leather was all over the ramps and it is going to be everywhere on the streets as well this season. Leather in its multiple guises adds a tough girl accent to the most saccharine of ensembles; so buckle up and join fashion’s biker girl gang. Skirts, skinnies or satchels; whatever wardrobe staple you’re after, make it leather. If you are not up for a full leather look you can opt for leather sleeves, contrast panels, satchels, leather pockets or linings, for a subtle take.
Here are some ways you can include leather in your everyday ensembles:
Leather and Denim
When soft, supple leather pairs up with the distressed-denim counterparts, the result is surprisingly luxurious, giving it an uber chic look that is not so common on the fashion streets right now. One way of doing a denim-leather duo is by putting together basic distressed jeans with a soft leather peplum top. Other ways include wearing a denim dress with a soft leather jacket, denim dungarees over a leather top, denim jacket over a soft leather jumpsuit or even leather pants with an oversized denim jacket. One could also experiment with accessories that are made with both leather and denim.
Leather and Lace
Teaming up leather is always exciting when you get to flirt around the toughness of the fabric with something sexy and feminine. The leather and lace duo is just about all that. Let the lace play hide and seek while the soft leather tries to get into the mood for some playfulness. A lacey top or dress underneath a leather jacket could be the best option for this. Another exciting team up of leather would be taking biker chic to the next level with all the studs and spikes.
Leather pants and skirts
If you thought leather was all about jackets, its time to rethink, soft leather makes a great bottom wear option. Pleated skirts in varied lengths, pencil skirts, skintight leggings and, of course, the pants make for a unique and interesting choice when doing leather. Pair them up with a different textured fabric like knits, velvet, denim etc., for a fashion forward look.
Leather is more than just Black!
The first color that comes to your mind when anybody says leather is the classic black one but there are varied options to try and look great in, when it comes to leather. Camel color leather pairs up great with other shades of beige and a burgundy colour makes a sultry entry when paired with black. There are also shades of white, grey, brown, green, blues and brighter shades of faux soft leather available waiting for you to pick them up and let your imagination go wild.
If you’re leather shy
For those who think leather is too bold a trend, let the baby steps of leather accessories put you on your way to the trend heaven, while you prepare yourself to go to the next level. When just starting, opt for leather boots, gloves, handbags and backpacks that make you feel comfortable. Gradually go for bigger options that have a hint of leather in them, for example, a dress that has leather lining or dual jackets with just the sleeves in leather. Keep growing your liking for this luxe fabric because there’s hardly going to be an autumn winter when leather won’t trend.
Ensure you stay warm and look stylish with the perfect leather piece this autumn. Whether you opt for a classic biker jacket or a color-blocked t-shirt, the leather pieces will keep you on trend and beat off the winter chills in style.