Last spring, designers like Proenza Schouler, Versace, Alexander Wang and Narciso Rodriguez showcased leather ensembles at New York Fashion Week, bringing new twists to this timeless style. Leather has been a closet staple of the fashion-forward for a long time, and it looks as if the trend is here to stay for yet another season.
The trend does not have to be worn headto-toe to capture the same cool vibe that was spotted on the runways. For people who might feel intimidated by dominating leather pieces, try simple accessories and details such as leather panels on jackets or a faux-leather sheen on pants.
For those willing to test out some of this season’s more daring styles — leather pants, skirts and especially dresses — they can make for great statement pieces. Of course, leather jackets are here to stay for both men and women, but now they are designed in more flattering, structured cuts.
Although black is the primary color of leather clothing, other shades like beige and red can capture the look just as well without the same severity. Gallatin sophomore Renel Sun prefers the softness of other colors, but she mentioned the versatility of black leather.
“With a black leather bag and black leather jacket, you can totally throw them on with anything,” Sun said.
Buying leather products does not always mean a wallet-draining price tag. High-quality leather pieces can cost thousands of dollars, but leather worked its way into virtually every store and boutique. From Forever 21 to BCBG, prices can suit a more reasonable budget.
Fake leather, known as pleather, is also an option for those who are unwilling to invest in pricey pieces. The difference in appearance between real and fake leather can often be difficult to distinguish, making the trend affordable for anyone. Some of the season’s best leather pieces for women include Forever 21’s faux-leather pants ($22.80), a blouse with leather detailing at Urban Outfitters ($59) and BCBG’s faux-leather dress ($198).
Leather is a fantastic autumn fabric for layering. Cardigans, sweaters, thick scarves and gloves can easily be slipped underneath, making pieces like leather jackets great for everyday wear.
The trend can even be worked into a business setting. Leather panels on blazers are a more subtle take on the trend, while a sleek leather skirt in any number of neutral colors looks sophisticated paired with a simple blouse.
Menswear has also seen an increase in leather detailing and pieces in recent seasons.
“You can really mix and match [leather] in whatever way you want,” said Gallatin freshman Greg Mitola. “[Wearing it with] flannels and black jeans can be a casual … or you can wear it with trousers and oxfords to really dress it up.”
A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Sept. 26 print edition. Samantha Donat is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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