STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pull It All Together With Some Leather

Style Advice of the Week

When you hear the words “Central Illinois” what comes to mind? Red barns, endless cornfields and country music lovers alike? While definitely represented and practiced, there are some Bloomington inhabitants that do break free from the white fenced stereotype! Take this Fashionista for example. While showing off her smooth Illinois hides, she still remains fashion forward and edgy!

When it comes to leather, don’t go overboard! Picking a statement skin and a few matching accessories will do the trick. Loading up on too much of your favorite leather appears as though you’ve joined a motorcycle gang or are going out as Cat Woman for Halloween!

If you feel comfortable in your own skin, rock that of the animals! Choosing a dress made entirely of leather is the boldest way to portray this look. Picking a piece that isn’t completely form fitting will allow you to avoid the masked superhero look. Instead, try one with a fitted or structured bodice and a full circle skirt. If you really can’t get away from short and tight, a leather dress with cut-outs, accent panels, or an interesting waist can keep you looking classy. Not as daring? Leather pants and skirts are great choices to feature on your lower half. Avoid the legging look; your leather pants should be of longer length, breathable and should completely cover your bottom. Leather legs are versatile for many different occasions and look great with your favorite rock band T-shirt, going out blouse or tailored blazer.

For frilly and fun, pick out a fun polka-dot to go with your flowy circle skirt. You could also chose an accent color or studs to add more creativity to your look. In contrast, appearing all cleaned up can be achieved by tucking your favorite button-down blouse into a leather pencil skirt. Of course, there’s always the option of the all time classic, the leather jacket. For a back-to-school basic, pair any pair of jeans with a classic leather jacket, like this Fashionista.

Leather and lace can take your look from edgy to soft. Selecting a lacy tank or a tie-neck blouse to go underneath your jacket can take away some of the ruggedness that leather can present. A fitted lacy skirt or summer dress are also options to work a little innocence into your hard leathers. Remember that leather not only comes in many shades of black, camel and brown, but also in bright colors such as coral and ruby red. Electing to wear shades such as these is a vibrant way to transfer heavy, winter leather into the lightness of spring! If you’re still not convinced that leather is the way to go, opt for a leather accessory instead. Cowboy boots, like this Fashionista’s, are a year-round staple! Throw on a matching imprinted leather belt or cross-body satchel and you’re set to go! From skater chicks to free country spirits, you all will look awesome in your shiny skins this spring semester!

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