Thinking back to the leather trends of the past, many individuals would likely equate leather with being overly edgy; the term “biker chick” is what would first come to my mind. So as a J.Crew-wearing, pink-loving girly girl, many people are shocked to hear that leather is the trend that I am lusting over this season. Leather leggings, leather skirts, leather dresses and leather accessories are all items that are on my radar this spring, and this Fashionista knows how to work the trend perfectly.
The basis of this Fashionista’s outfit stems from her leather leggings — a staple that any trend-conscious girl should have in her wardrobe. Leather leggings make for a perfect base to any outfit: if you are going for a more feminine look, pair them with a light chiffon blouse and ballet flats; for an edgier look, add a denim vest and a pair of military boots. Leather leggings are versatile and fashion-forward, and are much more eye-catching than the traditional cotton leggings that we have all come to love. Who could have ever guessed that such a simple black garment could turn into such a statement maker?
While this Fashionista’s leather leggings are what first caught my eye, I quickly realized that she didn’t stop there; daring and bold, she doubled down on leather and added a black leather jacket. By contrasting the black leather with a white silk top, her outfit went from potential biker chick to oh so chic. She finished off the look with a color blocked folio clutch, tying the outfit together.
Not necessarily ready to opt for black leather or to take the plunge for a leather jacket? No worries, because leather comes in all shapes and sizes (or in this case, all garments and colors)! This leather shift dress is the perfect alternative to your favorite LBD, this peach leather peplum brings out your feminine side and this pleated leather skirt will have all eyes on you. With so many new ways to wear leather, it’s easy to find a look that complements your own personal style.
Listen closely, Fashionistas, because leather today is not like the leather of the past. It is a trendy, power-girl fabric that will surely make you stand out in a crowd. Leather can be found everywhere from high-end designers such as Valentino and 3.1 Phillip Lim, to retailers like Zara, Nordstrom and Topshop. Whether you go high-fashion or street style, real or faux, there are numerous ways to wear it. How will you lust over leather?