Fall Fashion: Live for Leather

Once designated to boots, bags and bomber jackets, leather is having a non-traditional moment. Leather tops, pants and shorts are all over the runway – and surprisingly easy to wear for the everyday. But just like denim, it’s best not to pile on too much. A jacket and pants will have you looking like a biker. Here’s our guide to wearing this gutsy material.
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Leather clothes are meant to be sleek, so look for tops, pants and dresses with little embellishment. Prices range from the high to low. You can still look chic on the cheap with this $55 top from
Topshop or $59 skinny jeans from
Arden B.

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Ciara dares to wear leather shorts with a printed tribal top at the Givenchy Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week.

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Get your own leather shorts at Topshop for $135. The sleek front and gold leather details pair with any printed top.

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Pair your shorts with a blousy white top, cropped blazer, tights and black booties. The look is perfect for a night out.

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Alicia Keys takes on the leather trend with a rocker chic dress.

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Not all fashion is sexy, but this Elizabeth & James dress sure is. The leather bodice is just enough.

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Keep this look fancy with a beaded clutch and mile-high shoes. Leather can get pricey, but the accessories are under $100.

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Taraji P. Henson takes a risk mixing leather pants with a cropped leather jacket. The contrasting colors makes it work. We also love how she softens up the look with a lace blouse.

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You don’t have to spend a fortune on leather. Go faux with these $59 pants from Arden B.

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We love how this feminine dress and statement necklace give this look a romantic vibe. Pair them with a suede biker jacket and peep-toe pumps for the perfect combination.

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Leather doesn’t have to be fancy. Dress the pants down with a chambray top, scarf and sneakers.

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Minimalism is making a comeback. This top doesn’t need embellishment. It makes a statement all on its own.

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A leather top goes with just about anything. But we love it casual with a pair of skinny jeans, simple earrings and bracelet and flat shoes.


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