Style Tips: How to Wear Leather
These days, leather fashions are a lot more versatile than your boyfriend's baggy bomber jacket of the 80s. Modern leather styles are more body-conscious and athletic, featuring curve-hugging cuts and bold colours, and not just jackets! We find out more about leather fashion in 2010.
We visited Nadine Johnson at Danier Leather for an overview of new leather styles.
Leather garments are generally made from lambskin, sheepskin (napa leather), or cow hide, which is the most durable.
Though there will always be a place in fashion for biker jackets, new trends in leather apparel for Spring 2010 and beyond include unexpected pieces, new shades, fluid textures, and sleek designs.
The grommets, buckles and zippers of previous seasons are phasing out for the future, with elegance, texture, sophistication and clean design taking over.
Nadine says to look for pieces that are more fashion-forward, with unique necklines, fitted styles, and textures or two-tone combinations (two different types of leather in one garment).
Unique, versatile pieces can often go from day or office to night with just a switch of your accessories. Consider:
- A floor-length skirt
- A pencil skirt with a frill hem
- Skinny pants
- Wide-leg shorts
- A dress in a buttery-soft leather fabric
- Leggings in a leather/stretch fabric combination
- A classic trench coat in a bold or neutral colour
How to Wear it
- The garment itself will likely be the focal point of your outfit, so keep accessories, shoes, and bags simple and minimalistic.
Combine multiple textures and fabrics with your piece; wear leather with linen, cotton, or knits in the same colour palette.
Dress down leather pants or a skirt with flat shoes, a t-shirt, and a casual scarf.Play with different lengths.
Shorts are hot for 2010 and can be worn alone, over leggings, or with textured tights.
Mix feminine with masculine. A flirty spring dress worn beneath a biker jacket will modernize your look.
Re-style old favourites you may already have by consulting with a tailor to see if your pieces can be altered and updated.