The beginning of a new season is always exciting, not for the change in weather, but for the change in fashion. You can bring out your old clothes that you’ve stashed away seasons ago and of course schedule a shopping spree for new pieces to accommodate any weather changes. The start of fall and winter is always my favorite because that’s the start of boots, layering, leather and faux fur. There comes a point in the season, however, when dressing every morning becomes less exciting and you develop an everyday sort of fashion uniform. Sadly, we’ve hit that style rut point this season. For me, my winter uniform usually includes a leather jacket and eventually I get so bored with its simplicity. For the past month or so, I’ve noticed my fellow New Yorkers back-lashing against their typical, plain outerwear and spicing up the classic motorcycle leather jacket with contrasting sleeves or collars. I spotted this Fashionista mastering the trend perfectly by adding a fur vest on top of her leather jacket for an unexpected twist.
Dubbed as ‘piecework’ by street style photographer Bill Cunningham, this trend has been making its way through the streets of New York all season. Cunningham defines piecework as “The deconstructed leather motorcycle jacket; mixing leather lapels, sleeves and asymmetrical zippers into cloth coats and jackets.” There are a few different ways to spice up your leather jacket with this trend. If you have a leather jacket and a faux fur vest, get creative and layer the two pieces to create a look similar to this Fashionista’s. Try this camel faux fur vest from Piperlime paired over a basic black leather motorcycle jacket. Or, if you don’t want to worry about layering, check out this leather jacket with faux fur sleeves available at ASOS. If you’re not a fan or fur accents, there are plenty of leather and army outerwear options this season like this one at NASTY GAL with leather sleeves.
We still have a couple of more cold weather months to duke out this season so this trend is perfect to save you from any leather jacket boredom. Stay warm, play around with textures this season and don’t forget to have fun with your outerwear!