Love Leather this season. It’s cool, on trend and sexy as hell

By | September 26 2012 | 34 Comments

One of the hottest trends for this coming Autumn/Winter 2012 is leather, both real if you can afford it and faux. (In our house when it is not the real deal, we refer to it as ‘led-er’.)

Leather is always cool. It screams rebel and rock and roll, and this year designers have utilised it not just as a trend itself, but also within many of next season’s other trends including floral, peplum and military.

Asos Leather Dress

The leather look for A/W 12 is sexy, stylish and quite feminine. Mainly black, it comes in all forms – dresses, trousers, coats, jackets, gloves as well as bags, shoes, boots and even jewellery. Look out too for metal studs, but overall, leather is looking really pretty.

Dunnes leather look trousers

Leather jackets are always a classic, especially in black. The biker style of the last few seasons is still prevalent but this year many designers have gone for a simpler, more elegant look. On the flip side there are also oversized coats, a huge look for winter. Coats are mostly knee length.  A leather coat, if you can afford one, would be a real statement piece and still quite practical in our Irish weather. You will probably be able to wear it eleven months of the year!

Zara leather insert jacket

Leather dresses have been around for a while but I have always thought yeuch! Sweat much? But when Jennifer Aniston wore that black leather mini dress in summer 2011, I wanted one so bad.

Remember this?

If you too have ever desired one, then this is the year you will find it. I have already found the perfect one. Cherry Couture, it is fabric with a leather (not fooling anyone here – leder) zipped panel down the front. Now I am cool in both senses of the word. Derby also do a nice one.

Mine is a knee length shift but look out too for short A-line and and wear with ankle boots. You won’t have any trouble picking one up. Check out any of the high street stores.

Vera Moda Leather Look skirt

The hottest trend in leather is the leather skirt and the simpler, the better. Think soft, fine, black leather A-line miniskirts and classic pencil skirts. Zara have some great looks.

Zara leather peplum dress

If you are brave enough, leather trousers are also on trend and come either skinny, or baggy with a high waist. I have never worn them – memories of Ross in Friends struggling to get his off, have ruined them for me.

Every rule has its exception right?

For those of us cash strapped, leather has found its way into many of the upcoming season’s looks as leather inserts. Edgy but quite girly, you will find them incorporated into dresses and tops. Zara have some lovely ones in store now.

French Connection Leather Gloves

And if you are totally stoney, then there are always gloves, which are actually a hot trend all of their own. Think long and tight fitting like old Hollywood. Very glam. Check out Penneys.

*Wear it well:* Don’t over accessorise, leather is the statement and should be allowed totake centre stage.

So what about you? Got a little gra for the leather/pleather/led-er trend?

Jane Tynan


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34 Replies to "Love Leather this season. It’s cool, on trend and sexy as hell"

  • Polly says:

    I bought a cool leather (not led-er!) jacket from ASOS just over a year ago. I’m chuffed now as I’ve been seeing them everywhere this season so I’m ahead of the game for once!
    Anybody know if leather jackets are waterproof? I’m afraid to wear it today in case i ruin it!

  • LauraLou says:

    Loveee leather, have one leather jacket ive worn to death. also got a lovely leather dress in penneys. tis only gorgeous!

  • Makeup glitz says:

    Not a fan of the leather I must say. I don’t mind jackets and gloves but i’ve yet to see anyone look good in a leather mini skirt or trousers !!!

  • Jane says:

    Hey Polly

    Leather is not waterproof unless it has been treated so take care of yours. If treated, it can resist water and stains.

  • Senora Espana says:

    I would love love love to be brave enough to wear leather trousers but alas I am not.
    I do have a pair of leather gloves and I wear them driving in the winter as they don’t slip off the steering wheel – fashionable and practical!

  • Polly says:

    Thank Jane! That’s good to know. I’ll put it away till this horrible rain stops! X

  • Gracie says:

    I love leather! I got a leather jacket that I just love love love. I’ve been wearing leather gloves maybe for 8 years; haven’t worn any other type of gloves since. Seriously, your hands just doesn’t feel warm in any other, if you’re used to leather. I got a leather skirt last year. I love it but can’t wear it as much as I like. It is a bit hard to style. I’m trying to find leather trousers now. But I’d like to find one that’s insides are cotton or a similar fabric. I don’t want to end up like Ross!! :D

  • Jane says:

    Hey Senora Espana

    Hope you are better at minding your gloves than I am, I seem to always lose mine!
    But Penneys usually have cheap leather ones so I keep a pair in the car for driving too!

  • ShuGal says:

    Love leather (& a bit of pleather), have jackets, trousers, shorts, dress, skirt & a few pairs of gloves in diff colours. I think it always looks good & can be really versatile.

  • ZsaZsa says:

    I think I’ll just stick to to shoes, bags and jackets! I love leather jackets and I find that some of them look better with age – the more they are worn the better they look!

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