For a lot of people, leather is a fabric resigned to supermodels, bikers or those still stuck in the late ‘80s. The truth is, leather is the missing puzzle piece to your wardrobe you never knew you needed. It evokes fierceness and confidence, and a rock n’ roll vibe that will never go out of style. It’s the single mascot for what it means to be effortlessly cool.
The history of leather is so inclusive – from its origins centuries ago, to aviators and the military, Mods, Punks, and more. It’s the archetype of irreverent style, and is the biggest paradox of the fashion world. Forever modern, yet classic. It suggests rebellion, yet is a symbol of luxury. It is both the regalia of the playful model-off-duty and reminds us of the survival of our ancestors. And, if leather was good enough for cave women, we don’t see why it shouldn’t be a necessity and a viable piece for staying warm this winter! We have so many stunning examples of the power of this fabric – check out our styling advice and take your winter wardrobe to the next level with ease and confidence.
Styling your leather
Leather is the master of transitional fabrics – the perfect balance piece between seasons and styles, adding whatever vibe you desire to an ensemble. It’s the easiest way to add attitude to an otherwise overtly feminine outfit.
The Emerge Mixed Media Jacket (a great leather-look vegan option) looks iconic worn over a floral dress or a tulle skirt, or a satin slip dress with strappy heels. Hardware featured on most biker jackets also lends an element of edge, as well as the classic architectural lapel and collar. A good outfit creates conversation, and what better way to do that than putting together a contradiction of styles that works!
Re-think your work style with key investment pieces. Paired with diaphanous blouses and conservative court heels, a leather pencil skirt can add oomph to your office wardrobe – keeping in mind that structured styles that aren’t provocative or figure-hugging are the way to go here. Give jaded blazers a break by investing in a staple leather piece that is just as, if not more, classy – we are obsessed with the Leather Collarless Jacket from Capture or Sara’s Leather Jacket – lean lines and a peplum hem are an essential part of a chic and confident corporate outfit.
Modern silhouettes always ooze elegance. We’ve paired the Grace Hill Leather Skirt with a bell-sleeved blazer – the on-trend statement sleeves create a flattering and feminine figure next to the timeless cut of the skirt. Ruffles are everywhere right now – such a feminine and delicate detail might be hard to imagine in leather, but Grace Hill have mastered it with the expertly cut Ruffle Leather Jacket.
If you’re looking to test the waters before diving straight in, a good starting point is too add small doses to an uncomplicated outfit. The Grace Hill Leather Front Pants give a natural blend of modernity, edge and lavishness without having to commit to a full-fabric leather pant. Try out pieces with contrast leather trims, or add one of our many leather accessories to your look to give it a luxurious twist.
Capture that timeless French vibe with a leather jacket with a mandarin collar – we’ve styled our Emerge Leather Collarless Jacket with a striped tee – the ultimate throw-on-and-go look perfect for brunches or running errands in style. Incorporating relaxed knit pieces are a must-have for It-Girl inspired weekend wear too. We love a chunky sweater worn over leather leggings, or the contrast of loose, delicate merino over a leather mini.
Keeping accessories to a minimum will maximise the allure of this soft and supple texture, and keep an outfit from being too overwhelming. The Heine Leather Pant is so captivating in itself, it needs little styling – making it a great investment piece. Pairing more luxurious leather pieces with casual components is the hallmark of 1990s It-Girl, and as we all know, nineties nostalgia isn’t going anywhere soon. We’ve styled the Capture Leather Biker Jacket with a simple belt, tee and jeans, evoking that classic 1st-gen supermodel vibe. Alternatively, layer up with longline necklaces and bangles for festival-chic, wearing a slim-fitting pant or shorts for balance.
The 1970s seem to be a never-ending pool of inspiration for the runway the last few seasons, throwing gorgeous prints and vintage silhouettes together to give us endless options for refined yet glamorous style. The Heine Leather Blazer is a must-have for impressive boho-luxe dressing – we love it with a floaty print blouse and the Felt Floppy Hat, with on-trend wide leg trousers or jeans.