How To… Wear (Faux) Leather This Fall

Chloe Fall 2010 RTW

For fall, it’s clear that there are a few trends that everyone is talking about: camel colored anything, red pants, structured bags… and leather everything.

The leather trend may seem scary to some: it doesn’t seem to tie in with the feminine, polished looks we’re seeing for fall. But, it can so easily. Mix it with some of fall’s other hot trends, and you’ll instantly make a statement wherever you go.

Leather Shorts

Shoes, Necklace, T-shirt, Leather Shorts, Cardigan

The best way to describe leather shorts in my opinion is paramount. When was the last time you saw a trend that sounds so trashy (leather shorts? C’mon!), yet turned out to be re-structured into the coolest, classiest piece that gives a little edge to any outfit!?

This outfit is sexy, cool, and comfortable. The heels dress it up slightly, but throw on a pair of plain black Converse and you have total street style (which is channeling so many of the hottest bloggers right now, such as Caylee). Plus, the colors are so neutral and basic, which is what we’re seeing for Fall 2010.

Clogs (also featured here), Camisole, Skirt, Cocktail Ring, Oval Ring, Bag

Like leather shorts, leather skirts seem to scream Halloween costume more than runway fashion. But, a long chestnut-colored leather skirt is perfect for work (with a white button-up) or play (as seen here, paired with a slinky camisole). Although the skirt is a bit pricey, as we get deeper into fall, I’m sure we’ll see tons of leather skirt-inspired pieces in stores like Forever21 and H&M.

By adding chunky rings and heels to this ensemble, you instantly have a Mary-Kate Olsen vibe while still looking polished and refined.

Leather Jackets

Top Row (L to R): Black Moto Jacket, Tan Moto Jacket, Bottom Row (L to R): Tan Faux Leather Jacket, Black Asymmetrical Leatherette Jacket

To me, a (faux) leather jacket is always on my must-have list for fall, since it turns any risque skirt and tank top into a semi-fall appropriate outfit while away at school. As most college fashionistas will agree with me, our going-out clothes change ever so slightly once the winter comes since bars and frat parties still stay just as hot and sweaty as they are in spring and summer.

When buying a faux leather jacket, try to stay away from anything crinkled. The crinkle effect is added to give a vintage-y, worn in feel, but instead, it tends to come out looking cheap and exactly what it is – fake. Try to find a jacket that looks buttery soft, even if it may not actually be.

Wear leather jackets with skirts, jeans, leggings, t-shirts, or dresses, and instantly give yourself a rocker vibe while transitioning pieces from summer to fall.

Leather Pants

Cardigan, Leather Pants, T-shirt, Heels

Leather pants may seem intimidating at first: their tightness and the potential lack of sitting and moving at your own will can be daunting. But find the right pair, and you’ll find that they instantly slenderize your leg (add heels, and they’ll seem to go on for miles) and they should have enough stretch to dance in!

As we also know as fashionistas, leopard is hot for fall, which is why this outfit combination is completely killer. Wearing a white tee keeps it crisp, but this entire get-up is anything but plain-Jane.

What do you think?

Will you be wearing leather this fall? What leather pieces will you be rocking? What outfit will you be creating with it? Let us know in a comment!

4 thoughts on “How To… Wear (Faux) Leather This Fall

  1. Oh my god, stop, those are the leather jeffrey campbell shoes that I’ve been dying to get…except forever 21 knock off version… might be a better investment for college.

  2. @Shaniqua – Thank you for the sweet comment! And definitely a big hell no to leopard leather pants!

    @Mel – Definitely get your hands on those leather wedges – they’re to die gorgeous, and at such a reasonable price!

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