5 Leather Wardrobe Essentials in 2016

One trend which has reigned supreme throughout 2016 is leather. Those of you who indulged in the material in spring and summer can also look forward to a whole host of leather-filled autumn and winter collections. Whether you use leather to add a tough edge to a look or combine a few staple pieces to make leather a main feature, there are styles to suit everyone this year. Here are some staple pieces to snap up.

The pencil skirt

According to all the fashion magazines and designers this year, mid-length skirts are going to make a real presence this autumn and winter. This spring favourite from Gestuz is available from Harvey Nichols. This little number can be worn throughout autumn and winter either at the office or in the evening. Real leather may not be to everyone’s taste, however it does last for years and will feel soft and cool on your skin rather than stiff and clingy. Team a pencil skirt with a waist cinching belt and a pair of heels to accentuate your curves and elongate your figure.

Leather top

A leather top may sound unusual but with the right cut and colour, this daring piece can look great for any occasion. Opt for lighter, washed tops during the warmer months such as this La Fee Verte leather tank top from ASOS which has a softer, suede-like texture. As the colder months start to draw in, you can layer a lighter top with a thick jacket like an on-trend trench coat. Look out for H&M’s upcoming autumn/winter collection for some winter staples.

Leather shorts

A variety of celebrities have been seen sporting a pair of leather shorts this year including Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Chung and Whitney Port. Again, a pair of well made shorts like this pair from River Island can be worn throughout the year either with bare legs during the summer or teamed with thick tights at the end of the year. Leather shorts are also great for a festival as they are durable and won’t leave your bottom damp during a rainy day!

The classic jacket

One of the most useful pieces of clothing you can ever have in your wardrobe is a classic leather jacket. Not only are they stylish but they are also practical and crease resilient! Although many people choose black for versatility and ease, there are many coloured coats on the market. Inject a bold statement with this red leather quilted biker jacket from River Island at £120.

Leather dress

Plenty of designers showcased top to toe leather looks this year. Like double denim, caution should be undertaken when experimenting with such a bold material. For the less confident shopper, a leather dress can be an easy way to achieve a bold, leather look. Wear a sophisticated dress, like this Ethilda Leather Panel Illusion Dress from Missguided, with some killer heels and flash accessories like a beautiful watch or a statement necklace to complete the look.

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