Unless we’re talking about your 64-year-old high school economics teacher, leather has become a perfectly normal material to wear (And yes, my high school economics teacher did in fact wear leather pants to class one day).  In a casual, a dressy, or that awkward but should I wear heels?  situation, leather has become a wardrobe staple that will help you look, well, a little less boring.  Now I’m not saying to go out and buy a leather unitard to wear on your way to get your morning bagel.  Sorry, you’re not Catwoman, only Halle Berry could pull that off.  But there are lots of leather goodies you can purchase that won’t leave you looking like a washed up Wonder Woman.

The thing about leather, is that its like cheesecake, tequila, and the Kardashians.  It’s best in moderation.  Overloading on it never ends well.  PLEASE, wear only one leather item at a time.  And keep in mind, just because leather is ok doesn’t mean you can rock some leather pants in class, or wear a leather dress while the sun is still up.  Rules still apply, use your common sense, it’s not rocket science.

There is one problem with leather, besides the fact that even the dry cleaners can’t clean it for you.  It’s expen$$$ive.  Like really effing expensive.  So how do you deal with it? Classic pieces.  Build your wardrobe slowly.  Start with a jacket.  But don’t just walk into a store and buy the first one you see.  Wait for it, you’ll find it, I promise.  If you need to, take an I.O.U. for your birthday present, you don’t want to regret your choice just because you’re rushing to pick one out.  You should be able to wear your jacket casually or, out at night (justify it to yourself, it’s like it’s two jackets in one!).  As you buy more pieces, I suggest neutral.  Ones that you can dress up, dress down, so that you’ll get the most use out of.  If you buy them right, you’ll be able to wear them for years to come.

Some leather rules:

  • With Jackets, as far as colors go, stick to black, neutrals, muted colors (like a deep purple or navy).
  • If your leather is a color, your other pieces MUST BE NEUTRAL
  • Only wear one leather item at a time—dress, jacket, gloves, sweater, etc.—unless you’re wearing it with boots.
  • Don’t go too trendy, you’re not going to want those fringed and bedazzled leather shorts a year from now
  • Make sure you can move, sort-of.  It’s fine if it’s hard to pick up the quarter you dropped, but you want to make sure they’ll still fit 3 hours later (see the Friends episode with Ross’s leather pants if you don’t know what I mean)
  • In general, try to keep the rest of your outfit on the tamer side.  As in, no leather mini skirts with tube tops.  Keep it classy and make mom proud.

Here are some great leather and leather embellished pieces to finish of your winter and start off your spring:

Classic Pieces:

All Saints

Oxblood Leather Biker Jacket by All Saints

Available online from All Saints



Stretch Leather Dress by Vince

Available online from Vince

Trendy Pieces:

Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang

Reverse Combo Era Suiting Blazer by Helmut Lang

Available online from Helmut Lang

Lisa Perry

Lisa Perry

Bi-Color Leather Dress by Lisa Perry

Available online from Barneys New York



Leather Legging by Balenciaga

Available online from Barneys New York

And just because it’s great:

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Leather Bear with Shearling Chest by Alexander Wang

Available online from Alexander Wang


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