Leather: cool, staple, classic. Every girl should have a leather piece in her wardrobe, but with all the different ways to wear leather this season, which is the best option for you?
Once upon a time, leather was confined to bags, jackets, belts and shoes, but how times have changed and may I say Amen. This isn’t to say that I don’t love the more traditional ways of using leather, they are fantastic investments and only look better with time.
Leather jackets became an instant fashion success when iconic photos of James Dean and Marlon Brando were broadcast around the world and they have only become increasingly popular with time, even transcending the male-female gender gap. Give any outfit a sexy, laid-back look by throwing on a leather jacket (the more beaten up the better). If you are spending a lot of money, I would suggest sticking to a darker colour since lighter tones do not wear as well and tend to date faster. The leather coat is another great edgy spin off on a classic, look to Zara for wool-blend coats with leather sleeves.
Leather trousers are no stranger to the fashion scene either, but having taken a brief step back from the lime light, they are back to make an impact. The new generation of leather trousers are tighter, lower on the hips and more tailored than ever before. Take a quick look at the Acne Studios website if you want to see how utterly delicious they look with on-trend, chunky knits. Even the high street is getting on the bandwagon with a more extensive range to suit all budgets (stop by Marks and Spencer for a cheaper, faux leather alternative that still looks divine).
Leather pants are fantastic, but lets also raise those hemlines. Pencil skirts are a great way to channel your inner rock chic in more formal situations and they look wonderful with a silk blouse. However, if the setting is a little more on the casual side, why not go for a leather mini skirt and loose top (pair up with some snakeskin stilettos when the need arises). Summer pleats are being taken into autumn and winter by appearing in short skirts, worn high on the waist and teamed with buttoned-down shirts they are a superb way to take catwalk inspiration to lectures. Zara, Mango, Topshop and Marks and Spencer all have fantastic leather skirts at a fraction of what you would pay for a designer. Mango have also just launched their sister shop, Mango Touch, where you will find premium leather accessories, shoes and clothes.
However, it is not just yourself you should be treating to a little luxury leather, swathe your gadgets in it too. During semesters technology is always on display, be it iPhones, Blackberrys, laptops or iPads, so keep them looking chic and protected! Technology is increasingly becoming a fashion statement and another outlet for your own style to shine through. Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Smythson have all released leather pieces designed especially for those items you simply cannot go without.
Image: Tara Atkins