There is something about fall that just screams luxe fabrics and rich textures. While thin cotton may be a great basic during the summer months, it doesn’t quite cut it (both literally and figuratively) during the blustery fall and winter months. In lieu of thinner layers, consider leather (real or vegan—take your pick!) this season.
Leather is a basic through and through and one of the easiest fabrics to style with everything you own! Though many shy away, for fear they will end up looking like Catwoman, Sandy from the film Grease, or some bizarre combination of the two, leather and leather alternatives are actually quite simple to work into the most classic of wardrobes.
In most basic terms, everyone needs a leather jacket. It’s the perfect essential to top off any outfit. Add a little edge to a ladylike look, similar to that of blogger Blair Eadie, or pair it with boyfriend jeans and a T-shirt to bundle up on a Sunday morning.
When shopping for leather pants, opt for a pair that slouches a bit but remains cropped or cuffed at the ankles. The contrast of an easy, athletic silhouette in a rich, buttery leather allows the trousers to be styled with everything from sneakers to stilettos, like blogger Camille Charriere.
If you love the midlength skirt trend as much as we do, channel this look by stylist Perwin Aydin try a leather option. It will hold its structure without feeling too boxy or stiff. Tuck in a blouse or T-shirt and you’re good to go! And our bonus shopping tip? Accordion pleats look awesome in leather as well—if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a skirt of that nature, don’t let it go!
The trick to finding the perfect leather dress is to find one that is slim-fitting but not skintight. No one needs leather to hug their every curve, but the thick material shouldn’t overwhelm your frame either. Go sleeveless and layer a top underneath, or go for a dress with longer sleeves like blogger Rumi Neely.
Leather sneakers may seem like the most natural thing in the world, but it has been a while since slip-ons were designed with the material in mind. Have fun with your flats and go for a pair in a color or texture because…why not?
Last but not least, the award for the most unexpected leather accessory goes to the baseball hat. I don’t know why it took everyone so long to realize the genius of the trend, but now that it’s here, we have high hopes for its staying power. Blogger Danielle Bernstein styles hers with a Canadian tux, but the ease of leather allows you to mix and match the sporty accessory with nearly everything you find!