Leather Is Spring’s Most Surprising (But Wearable) Trend
Leather for spring? Yes, you read that right. Though seasonally unexpected, the slick material was all over the SS19 runways in a host of forms: real and faux; one-pieces, separates and outerwear; and in a range of colours.
Long associated with pop culture’s favourite
rebels (James Dean and Joan Jett included), leather is the material of the cool kids – think Kate Moss in skintight leather trousers at Glasto circa 2007.
In 2019, designers are reimagining how to wear the wardrobe mainstay. Perhaps
Balenciaga’s slick, looks are your vibe? Or Matrix -inspired Bottega Veneta’s full-on ’80s sportswear (complete with new must-have item, leather Bermuda shorts)? At Burberry, creative director Riccardo Tisci stuck to the brand’s heritage roots, offering leather iterations of ladylike A-line skirts and classic trench coats, while Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Acne Studios and Fendi lightened things up, sending leather looks in bright yellows, mint greens and warm neutrals down the runway.
Nanushka (maker of last season’s much-coveted faux-leather Penelope dress) continues to offer the best vegan alternatives, such as button-up shirts and buttery soft wrap dresses.
The high street has plenty of affordable options, too. We suggest Kitri,
Warehouse, Topshop and Mango for the best selection of faux and real leather dresses, trousers, skirts and outerwear. Try adding one statement piece to your spring wardrobe to update your look or if you’re feeling brave, go for leather on leather.
Read on to discover our favourite leather pieces…
This Warehouse dress ticks off a number of SS19 trends. Leather? Check. Cowboy dressing? Double check.
Warehouse Faux Leather Western Dress, $22, available at Warehouse
Swap out your tired denim bootcut jeans for Acne Studios’ orange leather pair.
Acne Studios Lizzie Panelled Leather And Ribbed-Jersey Flared Pants, $1165, available at Net-A-Porter
Throw this leather shirt over a white tee and jeans for an easy weekend look that all your favourite Instagrammers are sporting.
Topshop Boutique Leather Extreme Shirt, $165, available at Topshop
Warm shades of brown, tan and nude were all over the runways this season.
Mango Leather Jacket, $119.99, available at Mango
Scared of adding leather to your wardrobe? Pick a colourful, structured piece like this Fendi A-line skirt. Wear with a blouse and mules in the office, and a T-shirt and trainers at the weekend.
Fendi Leather Midi Skirt, $2090, available at Net-A-Porter
You heard it here first: the button-down leather shirt is one of spring’s must-have pieces. Slimmer than your trusty biker jacket, it’s perfect for layering – over a polo neck, tucked into high-waisted jeans, or loose over a denim mini skirt.
& Other Stories Leather Button Up Shirt, $239, available at & Other Stories
Cast aside your dominatrix preconceptions. Nanushka offers the very best tailored, vegan dresses.
Nanushka Roberta Belted Vegan Leather Mini Dress, $385, available at Net-A-Porter
Leather jumpsuit. Doesn’t sound like it should work, does it? However, Kitri proves that it totally does (and in vegan leather, no less).
Kitri Fee Black Vegan Leather Jumpsuit, $165, available at Kitri
Brighten up your wardrobe with spring’s warmest colour trend: marigold.
Tibi Tissue Asymmetric Leather Midi Skirt, $1090, available at Net-A-Porter
This sleek bonded coat will elevate any spring look.
COS Bonded Leather Coat, $225, available at COS
& Other Stories offers the perfect spring staple: a leather midi skirt. The gorgeous buttery yellow is a bonus.
& Other Stories Leather Midi Pencil Skirt, $169, available at & Other Stories
This cropped, wide-legged silhouette is super flattering.
Kitri Remi Vegan Leather Trousers, $65, available at Kitri
Ganni is our go-to for the best dresses, and this leather puffed-sleeve mini is no exception.
Ganni Leather Mini Dress, $490, available at Net-A-Porter
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