Leather dominated fall runways and the timeless evocative trend is going strong for spring 2013 so if you’re ready to invest in a staple piece, it’s well worth the splurge. A great leather garment makes a statement and can last forever.
This season’s innovative leather looks are so much more than the classic moto jacket or second-skin pant. From slick, hard-edged rock-and-roll glamour to structured, modern femininity, these fantastically wearable creations will tempt even the most conservative dresser to consider working a leather shift dress into her office wardrobe. Here are a few versatile pieces that can go seamlessly from day to night and flatter every figure.
Alice + Olivia’s Box Pleat Leather Skirt ($396) is crisp yet flirty and creates a gorgeous hourglass silhouette—highlighting a tiny waist. Pair it with a fitted turtleneck and pumps for day or dress it up for evening with a sheer blouse and high-heel booties.
In today’s sea of skinny jeans, these sleek Rachel Zoe Hutton Flares ($850) are a welcome breath of fresh air, especially if you’ve got curves. We all know how wonderfully flares balance bigger hips—it’s all about proportion ladies! Wear them with platforms or stilettos for a long, lean silhouette.
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Go subtly sexy librarian in a Nanette Lepore Fantasy Dress ($848). The prim, schoolgirl silhouette of this frock, perfectly balances the Catwoman edginess evoked by a full leather ensemble. Wear it over a long-sleeved tee with textured tights and heeled loafers to play up the schoolgirl vibe or go with bare arms and platforms for a funkier retro feel.
This Winter Kate Laser Cut Leather Top ($345) is an unexpectedly sophisticated romantic meets goth look. Layered over a black tank with jeans it’s downtown cool. Over a trim white blouse and trousers, it’s perfect for the office—over a brightly colored cami with a mini, you’re ready to go clubbing. Who knew a leather top could be the foundation of your wardrobe?
Step out of your trench comfort zone with this Helmut Lang Assymetric Leather Coat ($1625). It beautifully marries the leather trend with the oversized, architectural coat trend and the distressed finish and pale grey hue create an airy feel. It’s the kid glove of coats—genteel but a little dangerous.