All about leather
More versatile than fur, hipper than cashmere,
cheaper than diamonds: leather is the fairest of them all,
coming in a huge variety of finishes, styles and colors.
It doesn't wrinkle much, so it's the perfect
travel partner. It breathes so it is a seasonless topper, but it
is durable and wind-resistant at the same time, according to the
Leather Apparel Association.
But above all, leather is cool. Always.
This season leather makes a grand entrance in
everything from short shorts to long coats. It's going embossed
to look like exotic crocodile and glazed for a cool retro look.
In lipstick red or metallic gold, pants,
jackets, tops, handbags and shoes are all sharing the material
of choice -- leather.
Classic leather styles
-Knee length skirt
-Black and brown
This timeless piece will always look great, so
when making the investment go for something that will look as
fresh three years from now as it does today (hint: if money's an
object, skip the fads and go for classic)
With all of these choices, the one thing every closet needs
(man, woman or even child) is a great leather jacket.
Essentially there are a few classic
silhouettes to choose from.
The biker jacket:
If tough chic is your thing and your wardrobe has lots of
well-worn blue jeans, then a biker jacket is perfect for you. It
fits sleek and comes to the waist with lots of sturdy hardware.
The trench: This
style is usually hip length or longer and has a self belt that
wraps at the waist, accompanied by either a button or zip
closure. This style is flattering on almost everyone.
The 3/4 length (car) coat:
Very urban for him and her, this silhouette flatters larger and
taller fashionistas (a bit overwhelming to see a petite frame
swathed in so much leather). The ideal length to cover up heavy
upper body and thighs, this style hits at the top of the leg.
The blazer: This
classic style looks very now worn as sportswear instead of just
outerwear (in other words, don't take it off indoors -- it's
part of the ensemble!) Look for timeless features like a
one-button closure, moderately wide lapels, slim to medium
shoulders and a color that you won't cringe this time next year.
Target sells styles for about $100; designer styles can go well
into the thousands.
If you don't plan on wearing the leather item
everyday, or if you want to splurge on a trendier piece, you can
still find plenty of leather sportswear pieces in the $150-300
range. Look for holiday sales to stock up on pieces that you'll
always love, like a great skirt, jacket or pants.