This fall, pair sophisticated leather separates with cold-weather basics. Leather can also be a versatile wardrobe item: Play it up for a vampy look or tone it down with monochrome tones and sleek, conservative shapes.
Choose a leather Item
It doesn’t have to be pants. And it doesn’t have to be black. Veer from the usual and opt for a slate gray leather skirt. If a leather miniskirt leans too sex kitten, try leather shorts, which give a more laid-back vibe. Leather panel leggings are a tried-and-true staple; they instantly add a rock ‘n’ roll edge to an outfit. Also try experimenting with a basic leather top with short sleeves and a simple shape.
Pair any of these basic leather items with an unconventional fabric. For example, wear an angora or cashmere sweater with leather to contrast the textures. Or, look for silky separates to play the soft material against the tough-looking leather. Stay sophisticated with conservative, tailored cuts. If you’re going for the leather miniskirt, wear an exaggerated wool sweater that fully covers your chest.
Likewise, if you wear a basic knit sweater dress, pull on some thigh-high leather boots.
A note: With proper care, leather can remain supple and still hold its shape for many years. Keep leather away from water, grime and rough weather to maintain it in good condition.