Leather Lovin’

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Who says wearing leather is only for rock stars? Shea Rasol shows you how to work leather into your current wardrobe.

Leather tops

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MANGO Studded leather biker jacket | $200 | mango.com
VERONICA BEARD ‘The Leather Muscle Tee’ | $625 | farfetch.com

When opting for leather tops, you have two alternatives: the basic top, or outerwear. For the initial transition to the leather trend, it’s best to begin with outerwear so that it doesn’t get too overwhelming. Pick biker jackets, cropped leather coats, cardigans with leather sleeves to help you work your way in.

To set your look just right, pair your leather outerwear with a simple top underneath and maxi skirts to balance out the “masculinity” of the jacket. Dusty blues are in trend right now; going blue with a bit of leather ensures that your look remains up to date.

If you’re keen on leather tops, try ones with simple details and which do not smother the entire look with studs, buttons or beads. A simple cropped leather top will go nicely with a pair of checked trousers, clutch and T-bar heels.

Leather bottoms

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A.L.C. Leather Misa Pants in Brown | $495 | stylebop.com
Dixie Leather Pencil Skirt | $358 | whistles.co.uk

Choosing leather or pleather bottoms isn’t all that tricky. For a start, steer clear of leather maxi skirts. Not only can they look tacky, leather maxi skirts do not score highly in the comfort department. It’s best to stick to classic leather pencil skirts. Pair your pencil skirt with a tartan print shirt and finish off your look with some killer ankle booties and an eye-catching geometrical necklace.

For those who want to remain covered, your option would be… leather trousers! Choose a pair that has a flattering fit for your lower body shape. For some contrast to the tough “brutal-esque” look of the leather trouser, choose a slouchy blouse with fluid lines. Lastly, don’t forget your block heels and a medium-sized sling bag.

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