It’s not surprising that the same girl that sang she loved rock and roll screamed the lyrics “black leather, I will wear it anywhere. Just the feel of it on my flesh makes me feel wild and possessed.” We stole the leather jacket from the men of the '80s, so now it's time to further expand our leather horizons. Perhaps that's what it takes to strut across a stage belting words of girl power, or blaze religious statements in a music video. Let the confidences of our rock-n-roll foremothers be subtly let out in the form of leather sleeves.
The evolution of this rocker-chic material is all over the map—from the greasers of Grease and The Outsiders to the leather and lace clad spring runways of BCBG and Oscar de la Renta. There’s always an excitement to the harsher features of leather; whether you choose to unleash your inner rocker chick or tone her down with sweeter, girlier features, fashion houses will guide you on your way. This Fashionista rocks her sleeves on a girlier tweed sweater; hardened by the buckles of both the sweater and her black leather boots. If you envy this cleaner cut look, try out Zara's collection of leather-sleeved blazers, which epitomizes chic in combining this trend with a classic style. For a more casual ensemble, throw on a parka or cargo jacket with these vamped up sleeves. Find inspiration in Yves Saint Laurent's T-shirt for an effortlessly trendy piece. Dare to try such a paradoxical ensemble- embrace the subtlety of a trendsetter and the wildness of a rock-n-roller.