Get ready, fashionistas.
A new trend is on the horizon for AW19. It’s versatile, it’s fierce and it packs a real fashion punch.
That’s right, luxurious black leather is making a comeback.
From Matrix-inspired long coats flowing down the catwalks of Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger to biker-esque trousers as seen at Bottega Veneta and Roberto Cavalli, there are a multitude of ways to wear it.
And luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the best three.
First up, if you’re feeling daring, you can rock leather head-to-toe for a bold, maximalist look. Think: “more is more” for optimal impact.
For example, a leather coat thrown over a leather dress or a leather top and skirt (or trousers) is ideal for drinks with friends or a date night.
All Hail the Hero (Piece)
One of the easiest ways to nail leather is to pick out one key piece that stands out and then build your outfit around it.
Try a bold leather dress, trousers or a skirt and team it with understated separates to let your key piece take centre stage. For instance, this Bianca Leather Midi Skirt - £30 (Size S) dominates when paired with a cute, snugly jumper and flats for those chilly winter nights.
Still feeling shy? If all else fails, opt for a black leather jacket as the perfect way to finish off a non-leather-focused outfit. There’s a reason why this timeless piece is considered a wardrobe staple, after all.
We love this Schott NYC Leather Bike Jacket - £165 (Size S) to put a touch of attitude on a cool and casual aesthetic.
Subtle Yet Stylish
If you’re new to this trend, it’s a little out of your comfort zone or you want to ease yourself in slowly, choose clothing items with minimal leather panels. This subtly nods to the trend without being too overwhelming for first-timers.
Try these Vince Navy Leather Trim Trousers - £108 (Size 12) with a white or black long-sleeved shirt and court shoes for a day of office meetings. Alternatively, layer this H&M Leather Look Panel Dress - £7 (Size 10) over a button-up shirt with tights and boots to stand out in style.
Leading the Way With AW19 Leather
It goes without saying that leather can be a tough trend to master. Generally speaking, it’s best to avoid wearing it for casual occasions due to its ability to take an outfit from low-key to vivid in a heartbeat.
However, if you’re not used to championing leather, it’s okay to start small with accessories and footwear and then up the ante as you feel braver.
The trick is to always pick pieces that you feel comfortable in. After all, the best way to wear this trend is with confidence.
Now, go and show them how it’s done.