By Kristin Hull and Lisa Miller
Is there anything cooler than leather? Something about it makes us feel just a little more rebellious, a little sexier, and a little more confident. Leather is always in style but this season the designers have made it a trend by using it for more than just jackets and shoes. If the thought of such a garment is a little too James Dean for you then consider trying one of the many pieces that utilize it as trim or combine it with other fabrics.
Worried about price? Have no fear. Fortunately, faux leather abounds and it is considerably less costly than the real thing. Faux has come a long way over the years and while black is still often the best way to go when buying an inexpensive garment, we’ve managed to find a few alternate colors that make the cut.
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DKNYC Faux-Leather-Sleeve Tweed Jacket (now $98, reg. $180/Macy’s)
Nicole Richie for Impulse Faux Leather Dress (now $38, reg. $80/Macy’s) – Wear this with a drapey burgundy sweater or a fitted blazer (not a leather one) to make it office- and school-friendly.
Pleather Trim Sheer Purple Shirt ($20/Dots) – Sheet tops are still a big trend.
Faux Leather Trim Zipper Skirt ($88/Ann Taylor) – The styles of the fifties are back and we can’t resist the always-flattering pencil skirt.
Oasis Red Faux Leather Shell Top ($46/Oasis) – This top is made of fabric on the back so you don’t have to worry about getting too hot or not being able to move in it.
XOXO Leggings (now $43, reg. $60/Macy’s)
Sweater with Faux-Leather Sleeves ($80/Zara – Free shipping both ways!)
Sparkle & Fade Vegan Skater Skirt ($70/Urban Outfitters) – Pair this with a fitted top, some colored tights and black or animal print flats for a fun but casual feel.
Color Block Jacket (now $40, reg. $50/Alloy)
G by Guess Sydney Faux-Leather Jacket ($80/Amazon)
High-Waisted Faux-Leather Shorts ($20/Forever 21): Lisa has these shorts and she loves them. The high waist means no muffin top! Wear them with black patterned tights and black flats or knee-high flat boots. Try a colorful top that is loose to keep it looking classy like colorful satin blouse.
Tan Faux Leather Kick Pleat Skirt ($70/The Limited)
Urbanite to Remember Dress ($73/Modcloth)
Heart & Plush Leather-Trim Trouser ($37/Alloy)
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