No fabric defines winter quite like leather, but its tough texture, shiny finish, and heat-generating qualities make it a tricky material to wear – especially when living in the usually scorching Middle East. And that’s exactly the reason why Dubai dwellers and residents of surrounding cities rejoice at even the hint of a cool breeze and the prospect of wearing warmer fabrics.
Leather was a big hit in the Spring/Summer 2018 shows, seen across everything from dresses at Fendi to jumpsuits at Dior, which means leather dressing for this season – and next – goes way beyond the staple biker jacket. So forget everything you know about leather being reserved solely for motocross and rockstars because, here, Savoir Flair rounds up six ways to wear leather that are both fun and feminine.
Leather leggings and trousers are a wardrobe staple loved by street-style stars and celebrities alike – Olivia Palermo claimed them as her ultimate go-to piece. For SS18, however, why not switch things up by opting for a daring color? Top tip: brown is the new red.
A great way to trial a trend without diving in headfirst is with accessories. As demonstrated here by the uber-cool Margaret Zhang, a leather belt can be so much more than the standard through-the-loop silhouette that you probably already own.
Pretty and Pleated
When imagining the leather skirt, a sophisticated pencil and sexy mini silhouettes probably spring to mind, but thanks to the likes of Calvin Klein and Mary Kantrantzou, the staple is taking on new forms this season. Try a midi length with pleats or a maxi with a split-front.
Not Your Everyday Button-Down
The leather jacket is possibly one of the most iconic wardrobe staples of all time, but the leather shirt? Not so much. Dare to be different this season by layering a leather shirt over dresses, turtlenecks, and cami tops.
Leather coats were (understandably) one of the most worn pieces by the street-style set at the SS18 shows. If you’re going for a smart midi length, keep it modern by opting for a cool color or patent finish. Alternatively, if your style is more sporty, try a traditional puffer jacket in leather.
Top It Off
If you’re not quite ready to commit or worried that leather-dressing is just not your style, make like Rihanna in an effortlessly cool beret.