Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Wear it to work: Leather

This is the first in a series of posts about how to wear typically "fashion" trends in a corporate environment. My theory is why only be trendy two days per week?  If you have any requests for trends you would like to see featured, just email me!

This week: leather.

The trick to bringing an unusual texture like leather into a workday outfit is to go subtle - a hint around the collar or a chic lapel.  No bikie jackets or rockstar pants here! Certainly the safest way to wear it is in black, but there are some lovely soft nudes emerging recently, especially in coats.

Emmanuel Ungaro GBP 329.19 and Elisabeth and James GBP 191.66, both at the outnet

Left to right:  DKNY GBP 125 and Vionnet GBP 326.25, both at the outnet.
Pastel Princess - L to R: 
Boy. by Bank of Outsiders GBP 728.23 and Helmut Lang GBP 344.17, both at net-a-porter.

Ava coat by Selected $357 at asos

If you are intent to take this trend further than a collar or belt, start on the bottom.  Pleated leather skirts are everywhere this season, and their conservative cut, especially in a midi-length, is completely appropriate.   The texture of pleats or loose gathering takes away from the sheen of the leather. Go for a soft lather that will flow more like fabric.  It is more flattering and will be more comfortable at 4pm.


Maison Martin Margiela GBP 291.67 (now additional 30% off) and Marc Jacobs GBP 364.24 at net-a-porter.

Mason by Michelle Mason GBP 400 (on sale now for 40% off!) at net-a-porter and Cue $179 at www.cue.cc/shop.

And finally, for those inclined to go all-out and sport the leather dress: this is the way to do it.

Reem Acra $3,126.03 at shopbop

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