For the Love of Leather

One of the best fabrics to incorporate into any wardrobe (particularly in autumn and winter) is… you guessed it… LEATHER.

Something about the texture, the versatility and the edginess it brings to a look is both classic and modern. It is quickly becoming a favourite medium for high and low street designers alike.

Now, I know some ladies balk at the idea of leather.

Mostly, I think it’s because they’re thinking they will look like a “cat woman meets dominatrix” but fear not because I’ve pulled together some pieces, that will have people staring, but for all the RIGHT reasons (no whips needed).

Ease into this trend by grabbing some items which simply incorporate leather accents, like this cobalt Dion Lee blazer with leather panels.

dion lee jacket

Or this Generation Love sweater with leather/pleather sleeves. I love the two tone look!


For a twist on your classic black leather, try a structured dress but in a great colour. Keep it simple and not overdone by looking for items like this stunning turquoise TopShop number:

top shop 

or this divine cranberry hued Malene Birger number:

birger dress

For my daring  fashionistas, to take your leather to the next level, try a leather piece with laser cut outs, like these fabulous skirts from Burberry  ($)

burberry skirt

and Witchery (bargain):

witchery skirt

I love how style goddess Nicole Richie has kept her look simple and monochrome pairing her laser cut leather skirt with pointy heels and a black sweater. The addition of her punchy yellow clutch keeps things fresh but still classy:


But, you can never go wrong with a cropped leather jacket! This is an investment piece so make sure you LOVE it. It took 18 months of scouring to find my cropped black Joie leather jacket, but, I’ve had it now for 6 years and it’s one of those staple items that is perfect for adding a bit of edge to your regular jeans and tee look. Loving this Kookai Jacket:


I also really love a camel coloured leather like this Maje jacket:


So go on, be daring with your look and add some leather to your wardrobe this winter! It can add a whole lot of drama to your everyday (in the best way possible).

By Ishtar Schneider