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Five Reasons to Wear: The New Leather

FIVE REASONS TO WEAR The New Leather

Few fabrics combine the potential for classic and directional quite like leather. Add in the luxury factor and it’s obvious why it crops up on the catwalk season after season. Spring/Summer 2014’s inventive incarnations are well worth investing in

01.

The look is pure S/S 14, but the pieces are for ever

Worn together, sleek and structured leather midi-skirts, jackets and tank tops capture that strong, layered aesthetic set to dominate the summer. Separately, they are timeless staples that you’ll be able to reassemble into new looks year after year.

02.

It’s lightening up

If you prefer to look on the lighter side of life and dress that way too, it’s truly your season for leather. The fabric is throwing off its associations with dark moodiness and can be spotted on the catwalk in cheery but wearable cream, caramel, green and red.

03.

It’s a new twist on ladylike chic

If you love the curve-enhancing femininity of fitted jackets and flouncy skirts but find them a little too girly, this season’s take on leather will add some welcome edge to the look for the ultimate good girl gone bad.

04.

All hail an off-duty icon

There’s a distinctly relaxed vibe to many of this season’s key looks, a polished but off-duty appeal. As the likes of Saint Laurent and the perennial style icon Françoise Hardy know, the addition of a leather jacket to an outfit can immediately achieve this aesthetic.

05.

The comfort factor

No more lying on the floor desperately trying to wriggle into leather trousers: this season’s version doubles up with summer’s prominent sports-luxe trend and is decidedly more comfortable. Isabel Marant’s definitive pair are opulently athletic.

by Hollie Moat