In recent seasons, leather has become the material of the moment. The fact that it dominated the spring/summer and fall/winter ’20 shows is a runway-approved indication that this trend is here to stay – and, unlike some, it isn’t weather- or destination-dependent. You only have to take one look at cult brand Bottega Veneta’s covetable new collection – where leather was styled head to toe and also took the form of intricately woven handbags and quilted mules – to appreciate that this of-the-moment trend is worth tapping into.
For ardent fashion fans, our advice is simple: go all in. Replicate the all-leather look, which was also spotted at Givenchy and Loewe for SS20, by opting for statement coats, chic co-ords and statement dresses with distinctive silhouettes – the kind of ‘one-and-done’ pieces that make for maximum impact with minimal styling. Finish with white sneakers for a casual feel, or elevate your look with slouchy boots or slingback heels. In colder climates, opt for structured pants tucked into suede boots with a relaxed fit. To fully commit, layer a leather trench coat over the top in a complementary colorway.
Not quite ready for head-to-toe leather? Take inspiration from stylist and street-style star Linda Tol and model Chloé Lecareux by pairing leather separates with elevated basics, such as a crisp white shirt or straight-leg jeans. To master this trend for spring, switch pants for shorts (à la Tamu McPherson) and pair with a plain T-shirt. Barely-there sandals by The Row will complete this effortless ensemble.
Endlessly versatile, leather shirts in earthy colors are a great way to update both your off-duty and working wardrobes. Wear them unbuttoned over a T-shirt or with a silk slip skirt in spring, and swap in a turtleneck and tailored wool pants come fall. To make your 9-5 look transition seamlessly from desk to dinner, simply add chunky gold jewelry.
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