Faux leather returns for another season to dominate the wardrobes of fashion lovers everywhere. The question is, how should you wear leather to show it off to its full advantage? Leather adds a rock ‘n’ roll touch to any outfit, allowing the wearer to be sassy and show off some attitude. The trick however, is to pick just one key piece in leather and wear it as a statement.
The traditional way to wear leather is in the form of a biker jacket. For an updated on-trend look, choose a chunky jacket with studs or spike detail on the shoulders. Biker jackets work great as a cover up on chilly days – team yours with a pair of coloured skinny jeans and loose fitting vest top. For an evening occasion, wear with a pair of high waist shorts and tuck in a smart sheer blouse. Chunky heeled boots look great with biker jackets.
Modern Ways to Wear Leather
Faux leather pencil skirts are ideal to wear to the office with a smart blouse. Try a wet-look panelled skirt to mix things up a bit. For a more casual daytime look, team a bright fitted t-shirt with a flouncy skater skirt. Add chunky statement jewelry and you’re on to a fashion winner.
If you’re really attached to your leggings, try a pair of wet-look leggings instead. This style looks more sophisticated and can be worn on a night out, meaning that you’ll look the part but still feel ultra-relaxed and comfortable. If you’re feeling brave, team your leggings with an en vogue crop top and a pair of wedge trainers for a sporty chic look.
Add some attitude to your outfit with a pair of leather studded platform shoe boots. These beauties can be worn day or night with skirts, dresses or leggings. To elongate shorter legs, match the colour of your shoes to your bottoms. For example, black leggings and black shoe boots will give the appearance of longer, slimmer legs. If you’re wearing a skirt or dress, a pair of black opaque tights will do the same trick.
Modern Leather Top Trends
Leather tops are trickier to wear. Instead opt for a wet-look baggy t-shirt and keep it dressed down and casual with a pair of cut off faded denim shorts and a pair of pumps. Keep hair loose and wavy for a more relaxed feel and make-up should be pretty but natural looking.
Leather shorts look great with a blue denim shirt. If you want a more grungy style, layer the shirt over a vest top and keep it fairly baggy in style. Roll back cuffs or push up the sleeves for a look that takes minimal effort but wins fashion prizes.
As you can see, leather is a really versatile material and can be worn in all kinds of ways. So add a bit of oomph to your outfit today and try wearing a faux leather piece. If you’re still a little unsure about the trend, opt for the wet-look items instead for a modern update on the classic trend. Just remember to keep the leather item the statement piece of the outfit to avoid it looking too busy.
Guest Blog Contributed by Lauren Belfield, a freelance writer and addicted shopper of Women’s Clothing by Missguided.