Getting bored with your little black dress? Allow us to shed some light on the latest trend in cocktail attire: the edgy, rocker-cool leather dress. We saw tons of them on the runways from designers like Calvin Klein, Derek Lam, Céline, and more — but their wearability transcends the catwalk. Whether you go with an all-leather piece like Olivia Palermo's or try the trend in a smaller way, like Jessica Alba's LBD with a leather bra top, it's a look that will definitely have you standing out from the crowd (in the best possible way). From the girlie-glam looks of Lauren Conrad and Kerry Washington to the full-blown fashion-renegade vibe given by Kristen Stewart and Doutzen Kroes, the leather dress has proven to be surprisingly versatile, especially when worn with a great pair of heels and minimal accessories. Click through to see 24 style-setters who have reinvented the LBD wheel, and then shop our editors' picks.
Leather and Spring aren't the most obvious pairing, but leave it to this crew of designers — who featured copious amounts of leather on their Spring runways — to make it the new It couple. From Marni's colorful structured tops and skirts to Fendi's sleek colorblocked pants, we can't help but be intrigued. While a part of us can't seem to fathom the thought of sweating it out for the sake of fashion (65-degree weather plus a leather dress does not sound appealing), there's another side of us is falling hard for all the pretty purple, green, and taupe-hued offerings. Now, we want to hear from you. Are you willing to sacrifice a little function for fashion's sake, or is this Spring leather trend just plain ridiculous?
Left to right: Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Marni
We have a bit of a tumultuous relationship with leather: we love the look but not so much the steep price tag. But the good news is that there are plenty of real and faux leather pieces out there that won't upset your piggy bank. So, we set off to find them and we landed on everything ranging from leather leggings, quilted leather jackets, leather tops, skirts, and shorts — all under $350! Itching to see (and shop) them? Step inside to pick out your favorites from our 13 must-have leather pieces.
The leather jacket will always be a cool weather staple, but this Fall, we're practicing the "less is more" approach. Small pops of leather — whether on tees, dresses, and skirts — not only adds textural intrigue, but also injects just the right amount of edge to your look without going overboard. We scoured the market for the must-have leather pieces to add your cozy Fall wardrobe, with everything from leather trims and embellishments to smartly placed insets — what are you waiting for?
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Leather is a cold-weather mainstay, but this season, we're reaching for it in new styles and colors. Designers like Alexander Wang, DKNY, and Theyskens' Theory all showed leather for this season, and we put our own fresh spin on this Fall essential! From white leather t-shirts to olive-colored pants, see how we styled up three unexpected outfits using leather pieces at Madison in Pacific Palisades. On Allison McNamara: Equipment blouse, T by Alexander Wang skirt.
The next time you're searching for that perfect Fall jacket this season, try going for a leather motorcycle jacket — that's what the stylish set did in Milan during Fashion Week. This chic bunch edged out everything from t-shirts and jeans to polished plaid pants and killer platforms. We love the idea of pairing a slick motorcycle jacket with a silky femme blouse to balance out the opposites. Black not your favorite? Try out this tough shape in vibrant colors and even metallics, to add a bit of shine to your autumnal ensembles.
Source: Film Magic, Greg Kessler
We've already introduced you to this season's must-have denim, and there's a little bit of a twist in Fall's mix: leather-like jeans are replacing our tried-and-true staples as the most desired silhouette. The reason: they're undeniably sexy and slick, but in everyday silhouettes — seriously, what's cooler than strutting your stuff in a pair of sleek leather bottoms? Just look to Fall's runways from Diane von Furstenberg's polished take, Phillip Lim's colored leather, and Balmain's rocker-chic iterations for the proof. Now, we can think of few things that meld so seamlessly with our black ankle boots and a chunky sweater — and give them such cool-girl edge. If you're looking to test the waters before diving head first into the trend, this is the perfect starting place. We've culled just 23 of the best on the market, all under $150 — just the right price to take for a test drive.From left: Diane von Furstenberg, Phillip Lim, and Balmain
Forget (momentarily) what you would normally associate with leather wares — moto-inspired jackets, edgy rocker pants, and zipper-lined vests — and instead, get acquainted with Fall's new school of ladylike leather. The luxe material has gotten a makeover of sorts, the kind that comes with a totally refined, sophisticated polish. Tory Burch presented blue peplum-infused jackets (pictured) paired with matching fitted pencil skirts, Valentino offered up the ultimate in romance via delicate leather cutout sheaths, and Monique Lhuillier gave us an LRD with a retro-meets-sultry vibe. And with equally feminine leather driving gloves and wide cummerbund-style belts to complement each look, it's that much easier to achieve this slick autumnal glamour. We've culled a mix of pieces — at all price points — that reflect this ladylike state-of-mind, so just keep clicking to shop your favorites.
While out and about in NYC this morning, Paula Patton worked leather on leather, starting with a black leather biker jacket, which she topped over a printed tee, then adding more leather via black leather pants. She wore retro-cool round shades to protect her eyes, then got in on Hollywood's sneaker obsession via black-and-white high-top Chanel sneakers. While leather is fierce on its own, it has even more badass potential when paired with itself. For a Summer version of Paula's look, try a black leather vest with leather shorts or a leather miniskirt.