Fall 2011 Style Trend: Leather

Leather is a fall style staple. Here’s how to wear it:

You’d think that the presence of a bold leather skirt would be more appropriate for a night at the Electric Circus than for an afternoon at the office, but thanks to A-line, knee-length autumn trends, its possible to take a style formerly reserved for nighttime and apply to day. Paired with a print button-up, a pair of tights and heeled ankle boots, even a below-the-knee cut will be catapulted from being a safe bet to dynamic and more interesting. Just make sure to reserve anything above the knee or mini for your weekend rotation.

True, a robotic-inspired leather dress isn’t something you want to bring to your 9-5, but by using the fearless looks of Zac Posen’s fall collection as inspiration, you can step up your formal attire without succumbing to fashion victim. By combining a fitted bodes with full skirt, you can modernize a gown without going overboard. Or if you’re set on boasting a leather dress day-to-day, look to styles like Valentino’s pre-fall collection which sees high necklines and 60s prints paired with fitted leather skirts.

High-waisted leather shorts were prevalent this summer, but if you hope to take them into fall, wear them with tights, ankle boots and a loose-fitting button-up to balance the slim-fitting nature of your bottoms. However, while leather shorts have predominantly been seen as a statement piece for evening wear, worn with lace-up oxfords, opaque tights and a white Peter Pan button-up, they can easily be taken into the daytime “ and into winter with a structured blazer worn over top.

While you may think that it takes a bold person to showcase a pair of leather pants, you can easily rotate them into your wardrobe by pairing them with an oversize t-shirt and pair of heels. However, while a casual look is a little more accessible and wearable on a day-to-day basis, you can channel the likes of Vera Wang’s collection this season and use a pair of leather cigarette pants to exude a sleek, polished look, that’s perfect when worn with a belted peacoat for those cooler autumn nights.


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