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Spring trend watch: Loving leather

Aly Walansky is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City. She lives with her two Shorkie-Tzus, Scarlette and Max, and a display of pink polka-dot-themed home decor -- not to mention a selection of flavored vodka. Check out he...

Find your edge

Leather has been a staple in winter dressing for decades, but it's been slowly moving into other season slots as well. An easy way to do this is with colored leather, instantly morphing the tough texture into having a sunny disposition.  
woman in sunglasses and brown leather jacket

 

 

Leather is here to stay

"Leather was a big trend in the fall, and it looks like designers aren't ready to let it go yet. It was really interesting to see the different uses of leather this season," says Nicolle Keogh, fashion editor, Justluxe.

Leather details are a great way to incorporate a bit of bad-girl into an everyday staple. Worn with a pair of skinny jeans and loafers, a button down cardigan with faux leather panels at the shoulders and trim at the pockets elevates your classic look and adds some edge.

From the runway to the real way

Alexander Wang used laser-cut leather to create a new kind of print effect, and Proenza Schouler used different colored leather in the same ensembles to result in a colorblocked, patchwork effect. Again, the material was used as a main attraction in head-to-toe looks like knee-length dresses (Derek Lam, Jason Wu,) as well as dramatic separates like oversized jackets (Rodarte) and knee-length pencil skirts (J. Mendel).

 

Fall transitions to spring

Much like with fall, a leather skirt will be another essential this spring. You can't go wrong with a leather mini because there are endless ways to style it — tuck in any tank top, tee or button down blouse, and then layer with a blazer or denim jacket on chillier nights for an edgy and sophisticated look. This leather mini from Asos is affordable and works great with booties, heels or flats.

A new and more subtle way to incorporate leather into your wardrobe this spring is with this black leather collar from Barneys NY. "Layer this collar necklace over anything from a T-shirt for an edgy look or over a crew neck dress or sweater for a more classic look," says Sara Cooper, a fashion and wardrobe stylist based in New York City.

Full Skater Skirt in Leather

 

It's all in the details

Incorporate leather detailing, a design detail that adds that perfect bit of luxe to just about any daytime or nighttime look. Wear neutral colored leather shorts (like these from NastyGal) with a flowy top and floppy hat for an edgy bohemian look. The look is extra transitional throughout the year!

 

 

Savage zip shorts

 

Mix and match

Leather isn't just intended to be worn in the fall and winter. "When mixed with a lighter fabric or when in a nontraditional color, it can be worn in any season," says Kristina Michniak, Global Apparel Manager for Spreadshirt. Many of us think of leather as being constricting, but this isn't always the case. Take for example this faux leather pleated skirt from Urban Outfitters. The pleat moves with the body creating a lighter, less constricting feeling when being worn. When paired with a light blouse or tank, the ruggedness of the material gets pushed aside to create a feminine look.

And how can we forget about handbags? Coach unveiled its new spring leather handbags in trendy pastel shades of light greens and purples.

Pleated faux leather

 

 

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