How to wear summer leather

From leather shorts to baby pink biker jackets, here’s how to incorporate leather into your existing summer outfits without losing your cool (or your edge).

Kerry Washington wearing a red leather dress

Leather has more street cred than almost any other item in a cool girl’s wardrobe. And as it starts to heat up, there’s no need to abandon it.

Wear a summer-hued leather jacket

Forget boring black and go tropical with a biker jacket in your favorite gelato-hued shade. To make your jacket feel easy and breezy, team it with a cute bandage-style skirt in a geometric print, some rock ‘n’ roll shades and urban-inspired flats for a look that instantly says, “I’m in control.”

Summer leather jacket

Pink Balenciaga jacket (, $1,886), Geometric striped skirt (, $107),
Retro shades (, $6), Patent Blucher flats (, $90)

Slip on a leather dress

From Kate Bosworth to Angelina Jolie to Kerry Washington, there’s no hotter celebrity look on the red carpet than a sleek, slim-line and oh-so-sexy leather dress. The secret is to stay away from anything too 1980s in favor of a simple, minimalist look with uber clean lines. Team it with sexy summer shoes, un-fussy hair and makeup and a single statement accessory like a cuff for a look that screams, “Look at me.”

Leather dress for summer

Leather dress by Rebecca Vallance (, $205),
Yellow strappy heels (, $80), Chained metal cuff (, $6)

Squeeze into some leather shorts

Just because you’re wearing summer shorts doesn’t mean they can’t have a little attitude. This summer, swap out your usual silk or linen shorts for a leather pair. The unexpected fabric choice gives you instant edge and brilliantly contrasts your usual summer classics like a breezy silky tank, open pastel blazer and stacked summer heel for a look that’s perfect for day or night and declares, “expect the unexpected!”

Leather shorts for summer

Piper Gore cognac leather shorts (, $396), Pastel blue linen blazer (, $90), Cross-back tank (, $30), Brown platform sandal (, $60)

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