ACCESSORIES REPORT: Leather Weather

Accessories Report

“It’s too cold outside…” Quick, name that tune! If you said “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood, then you’d be absolutely correct. If you named “The A-Team” by Ed Sheeran… well, then you’d also be correct. Apparently, it’s quite a popular lyric.

Whichever song you’d like to quote, there’s no doubt this cool weather is perfect for the warmness leather (and yes, sweaters) provides. This week’s Fashionista epitomizes this point with a glorious leather jacket, belt, boots and bag.

Those of us who faithfully followed (read: stalked) the journeys of our favorite fashion insiders at New York Fashion Week know that oversized, often outrageous jackets were very much in vogue in the collective consciousness of street style society. This clever Fashionista translated that over-the-top trend to reality with an amazing thrifted suede jacket, a casual, refreshing topper over that sleek metallic dress. (By the way, nightwear as daywear? Time to take notes.)

But it’s the accessories of this outfit that ultimately steal the spotlight. Mixed metals, layered necklaces, a wide belt, crocheted tights, subtly slouchy boots and a woven leather satchel to boot may seem like quite an intimidating accessories lineup, but this stylish scholar effortlessly ties it all together. How, exactly, does she make such a varied assemblage of accessories work together so harmoniously? Let’s break it down, step by step.

Much of this outfit is a careful study in contrasts. For example, the brown leather jacket, belt and boots play nicely against the dark dress and satchel. The juxtaposition of textures — the suede jacket, the woven leather bag, the fluid sheen of the dress and the soft crochet tights — is simply fantastic. And pairing the two necklaces, one gold and one silver, works wonders, their varied lengths making the coupling even more refreshing. Finally, the wide leather belt cinches the outfit together, providing shape to the dress while also grounding the outfit in a consistent color scheme and creating a convenient focal point.

You’re in luck if you want to give this look a try: many of the separates are probably already essentials in your wardrobe. First, pull on a metallic skater dress and fasten a wide belt over your middle. If you don’t have crochet tights, seek out the likes of Hue or Hansel from Basel to snag yourself a pair. Then pick out a few contrasting necklaces, and nab an oversized leather jacket from a relative or a thrift shop. Finally, pull on your boots, sling a woven leather satchel over your shoulder and congratulate yourself in the mirror: you have just achieved sartorial perfection. Here’s looking at you, kid.

Spotted: Wide belts and oversized jackets were all the rage in Chloé’s fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection.

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