STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Color Me Leather

Style Advice of the Week

In the recent years, trend reports have generated a lot of buzz surrounding leather. There is no denying the sexiness of a pair of sleek black leather skinny pants or the cool of a moss colored crunch-leather jacket. When executed properly, leather pieces exude chic and style. Typically, leather comes in muted, basic tones: blacks, browns, grays, for example. These leather pieces pull outfits together and complete the final look. Many people, however, tend to stick to the basic toned-leather. Experimenting with colored leather, a seemingly daunting risk, however, reaps only benefits when done well. This up and coming trend is a must for Fashionistas/os who want to step up their style game and achieve that original, creative look we all covet.

I was very excited to see this Fashionista donning this bright red leather jacket to class. Using color, she transformed her outfit by embracing this trend. Leather is interesting in that it is usually a statement piece in an outfit; color takes it to that next level by spicing up an otherwise boring outfit. Her usage of colored leather is super chic, trendy, and ultimately simple.

As we can observe, leather has entered the mainstream and is now offered at almost every retail post, ranging in price range, style, and color. Bright colored leather is more unusual but is still readily available for any Fashionista/Fashionisto to take advantage. For those who want to invest in a high quality piece, CURRENT/ELLIOTT offers an “olive” cropped leather jacket on Shopbop. Despite its bold tone, this jacket is surprisingly versatile. For the day, it could be paired with a gray maxi and sandals and for the night, a black high-neck romper and black booties. Clover canyon also offers their spin on colored leather with bright orange shorts. While this look is not for everyone, it screams novel and would look amazing with numerous basic pieces found in almost everyone’s closet. For those girls and boys on a budget, leather fortunately is now offered at almost all price points. NASTY GAL has a wide collection of colored pieces. My favorite, however, is this bright quilted-red jacket. Its moto-chic, edgy vibe adds some intrigue and truly inspires me to be more daring when it comes to my leather choices.

My advice is to absolutely go for it when it comes to the colored-leather trend. The trick is to pick pieces that are simple in cut but offer bright, bold tones. Striking a balance between simple yet different produces an awesome effect. Make sure to pair your statement leather piece with an outfit that compliments the boldness rather than fights it. Treat the piece as the main attraction!

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