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The Leather Forecast



The Spring/Summer Trends of 2021 are picking back up, revved up in sex appeal, thanks to a year off.

From classics to decadent, supple suiting to reptile textures, it's all leather all the time.

If there's one material I could pick, for day or night, sexy and sophisticated; it's LEATHER.

A seasonally-friendly material, working well transitionally, and layering pieces and as pop-pieces.


L to R:

HELMUT LANG Patent-leather mini skirt

ALICE + OLIVIA Donald vegan stretch-leather shorts

PETAR PETROV Randy B belted leather midi skirt

ACNE STUDIOS Lara leather and ribbed-knit top


Don't ditch the comfyclad outfits all together. But bring structure by topping soft fabrics with a leather blazer.

If you want to maintain the lounge-effect opt for leather joggers with a fluid or soft top.


Shop above picks:

Zara Leather Boxers

ANINE BING Arielle Mules

SKIMS ESSENTIAL T-SHIRT BODYSUIT

STAUD Aimee Boots STAND STUDIO Callie Jacket



Don't shy from colored leather. Light shades are perfect for spring months. Feminine touches such as lace, and silky satins are perfect for adding a lightness factor.

Loafers or heels, paired with blazers elevate an entire look.

Shop above picks:

All Saints BALFERN LEATHER BIKER JACKET

MORGAN LANE Sienna Silk Slip Dress

Loeffler Randall Bobbie Leather Headband

BOTTEGA VENETA Cassette intrecciato quilted leather shoulder bag



A leather loafer is forever. It's comfortable without shorting out on the chic-factor.

It's effortless yet maintains an elevated appeal. The shirt jacket has reigned with an "all-hail" from the loungers, and go-getters alike. The versatility of this piece is endless, from the half-tuck in, to fully buttoned, to layering over and under. The leather shirt jacket is a definite packing piece for travel.




Shop above picks:

WeWoreWhat Boyfriend Shirt Fleur du Mal Vegan Leather Bustier

Alice + Olivia Conry Vegan Leather Pleat Cuff Shorts Commando Faux Leather Bodysuit Rachel Comey Tren Flats

ANINE BING Arielle Mules

MUNTHE Solona Leather Pants



For Faux Sake

The faux game has upped its game, with materials looking and feeling more and more genuine. Even with a leather love, I like to keep a few faux casual pieces on hand as well for relaxed days, so I won't feel as bad and my wallet won't either if a scuff or tear happens.


L to R:

Cinq a Sept Faux Leather Erin Top BB Dakota Madge Vegan Leather Coat

alice + olivia Pete Vegan Leather Pants Tibi Faux Leather Dress


Inspo:


Make no mistake, gone are the days where leather pieces were rigid with no flexibility.

From oversized slouchy jackets to soft shirting leather comes in all shapes to play.

Net-a-porter's leather selection is mecca. Shop Net-a-porter looks below:

Clockwise from Top left:

VINCE Cropped leather tank

ZEYNEP ARÇAY Leather mini dress

MARNI Pintucked leather wide-leg pants

ALICE + OLIVIA Zarita belted vegan leather maxi shirt dress

STELLA MCCARTNEY Hill vegetarian leather shirt

STAND STUDIO Kali oversized snake-effect faux leather coat