One of the trendiest looks this fall is touches of leather to every piece in your closet.
I myself don’t love leather, I love the look but the smell and how it’s made disturbs me. Luckily for me and others who are anti-leather there are many faux forms that create the same look usually for a lot less.
Hesitant? There are many variations on the trend that won’t make you look like a rocker (unless that’s what you want!).
This season we are seeing leather touches to everything including workwear. The Limited has some plain-weave black suiting with faux-leather piping that is both appropriate for the office and a little kick-ass. Skinny leather pants or coated denim are very popular and are a great alternative for your basic denim.
Here are some of the many faux-leather looks I love.
This faux-leather peplum top from Tinley Road combines two of the biggest trends of the season. Paired with a colorful pencil skirt or skinny pants is the best way to wear this look. Since the peplum moves the top away from the body a more fitted bottom creates a flattering silhouette.
Not all leather looks have to be in black. This burgundy faux-leather mini from The Limited is a great option for fall. The burgundy acts as almost a neutral in this piece and looks great paired with neutrals like carmel, black, and navy. Tights are a must, of course! You can buy the matching tights or go crazy with some fun patterns. Remember, materials like leather and tweed are not patterns– they are textures so they still look great paired with prints.
Believe it or not these pants are not made of leather, or even faux-leather. They are coated denim from The Limited. The black coating over the denim gives it the appearance of leather with the movement and stretch of denim. In the flattering 678 fit these skinnies are perfect for casual everyday wear!
Looking for a more all-over look? This faux-leather sheath dress from Tinley Road is perfect. The simple shape offsets the shine of the dress. Paired with tights and some studded ankle boots you have a classy and edgy look. Unlike many other leather dresses this one is constructed more like a wear-to-work sheath dress.
This leather lapel jacket from Mango is a great way to add a little edge to your workwear. With the simple addition of the faux-leather lapel this is still an appropriate look for the office that also looks great with jeans.
Need something classic yet edgy to go with your leather lapel jacket? Try out this faux-leather pencil skirt from The Limited. The skirt combines the look of leather and classic suiting with faux panels in the front and back with the sides a figure-flattering knit.
Yes, I know– another look from The Limited. I know the brand very well so I know these are great pieces and have tried on most of them myself! This faux-leather jacket is a great departure from black with a carmel that is on trend for fall. The classic suiting structure of the all over faux jacket makes it a great piece to pair with jeans or some classic workwear.
Who says leather is only appropriate in your clothes? This necklace from House of Harlow 1960 is a great use of leather in jewelry. The bib-like necklace sits flush on the neck and give you easy way to get on board with the trend in any outfit. I think this necklace would look best with a great solid color top or dress. The hard look of the leather and metal is really versatile, however.
This pleated faux-leather dress from Free People is a great piece with a little more of a feminine style. The fitted bodice and flared skirt create a figure-flattering silhouette and clean lines that can be easily accessorized. Every girl needs a little black dress, why not one in leather?
Check out some of my more rocker inspired leather looks, as well as some more choices in faux-leather in my Shopcade.