Hell-Bent for Leather

Fashion changes rapidly, but there is one consistent trend that is reinvented year after year. Whether its wrapped around the temples of last year’s CHANEL glasses or draped delicately around your waist in a feminized frock this fall, leather is always finding its way into our wardrobes. This material isn’t just for the Sons of Anarchy, designers have made it simple to dress an outfit up or down, hard or soft with their fall collections that bring it far beyond belts and handbags.

Burberry Prorsum Studded Leather Gloves AW12

Burberry Prorsum studded leather gloves ($655 at Net-a-Porter) provide a simple way to toughen up a flirtatious outfit. Use them to add a dark edge to a feminine dress, like the Peplum Floral Print Dress ($2,795 at Burberry) below.

Burberry Prorsum AW12

Burberry Peplum Floral Print Dress

bebe fall 2012 campaign

For its Holiday 2012 collection, bebe rocks out a romantic silhouette with a studded leatherette skirt (available soon), styling it with a fitted turtleneck, tousled hair, and bold red eyeshadow. Keep it simple up top – the skirt is the focal point of your outfit and loading up on jewelry will overwhelm your look. Stick with a solid-colored tee and stud earrings, and leave the bling to a gaudy cocktail ring.

AllSaints Oxblood Biker Jacket

You don’t have to limit your options to black – this oxblood biker jacket (AllSaints, $550) features the top color of the season in an asymmetrical style with quilted arms. Soften the look with a silk tank top, skinny jeans, and sky-high stilettos.

Barneys New York Leather Sleeve Coat

If you’re hesitant to introduce leather into your wardrobe, ease into the trend with this leather sleeve coat from Barneys New York ($1,350), an oversized wool style that will keep you cozy and chic this fall. Check it out on ChiCityFashion‘s Jena Gambaccini, adding some youth and glamour to the menswear-inspired piece with a silver Alexander McQueen clutch and bold blue Illesteva sunglasses:

Barneys New York Leather Sleeve Coat on ChiCityFashion's Jena Gambaccini

How will you be incorporating leather into your wardrobe this fall? Let me know in the comments!


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