Leather has long been a staple material in the world of fashion, but it requires careful pairing to pull it off if you want the look of a chic rock chick. All too often leather comes of looking rough or gaudy, neither of which are flattering or sought after by most women. For women who want to rock leather, but want to look classy doing it, there are some general style principles to keep in mind. Below are some common leather staples with some simple style suggestions to help get the most out of them.
Making a leather shirt work is all about toning it down with the rest of your outfit. This piece can easily become overwhelming if it isn’t softened by the rest of the clothing. Simple faded blue jeans are a great choice for pairing with a leather shirt.
These are a great piece for fall. Dress up in a t-shirt jeans with a great leather blazer for a classy look. While they are often too heavy for the warmer months, the make a great piece to dress up an outfit when the weather starts to turn chilly. Choose a classic rock band tee, such as White Snake, Def Leopard, Kiss or the Ramones to set the blazer.
Skirts & Shorts
Leather skirts can downed down or classed up depending on what their paired with, while leather shorts are best kept for casual outfits. Dress up a leather skirt with a structured shirt or tone it down with something loose and flowing. A studded belt can give you a punky edge or a simple white blouse for a classic elegant look. Leather shorts make for a great pairing with a loose baggy fitted t-shirt for a casual day out on the town.
Leather pants are one of the hardest pieces of leather clothing to wear without looking like a fool. Pull it off and you can look sexy and sassy, fail and you will look like a reject from an eighties hair metal band. They are a statement item in any outfit and the rest of the look should be kept simple so it doesn’t end up too busy. Keep other clothing pieces and jewellery basic and let the pants carry the majority of the fashion impact.
Leather shoes and boots are a great way to add a splash of fashion to any outfit. From great little leather flats for the summertime and lovely boots when the weather gets cold, leather footwear is a versatile piece that can be used with a wide range of looks. Simple leather shoes can go great with leather skirts while more detailed and flashy ones can add a splash to cloth pants, shorts and skirts. Leather boots can add style to any cold weather outfit.
All kinds of accessories come in leather variations. You can find gloves, purses, headbands, jewellery, and much more made out of leather. Use leather accessories to add some texture to a plain outfit or use them to compliment a fancy one. Leather gloves are a great way to take a dress up a notch when headed to a formal gathering. Leather jewellery can make for a unique look when it is paired with the right clothing, and leather bags have always been a closet staple for the fashionably inclined.
With any leather look the most important thing is not to overdo it. When too much leather is mashed into one look it starts to tread into fashion no man’s land that the wise leather wearer will avoid. Leather fits extremely well into a featuring role and is great to use as the centre to design a look around. Let everything else in an outfit complement the leather rather than overpowering or clashing with it.
Leather can be the staple of any ladies fashion wardrobe. Leather is definitely a feminine look when put to the right use so doesn’t be afraid to try it, just stick to the tried and true methods and things will work out great.