Revoir’s 5 rules to getting it right
Spring is just around the corner and it’s almost time to pack away our coats and boots for another year. However, one item I will not be packing away is my leather jacket. Believe it or not, leather is one of the most versatile fabric textures available. It can be paired with a variety of styles, giving you a look that can be reimagined season after season.
I personally, wear my most loved leather items nine out of the 12 months of the year. The weather may be warming up down under but that doesn’t mean you need to lock away these well-loved pieces. Here’s our simple guide to wearing leather this Spring.
5 top tips for styling your favourite leather items this Spring
One piece at a time
Although we’re big fans of denim on denim, leather on leather will have you looking like a member of Hell’s Angels. Wear one piece at a time, whether that be leather pants or leggings, a fitted skirt, a peplum top or an A-line leather dress. The most classic style combinations include a black leather biker jacket paired with denim jeans and a white t-shirt. Alternatively, switch it around with fitted leather pants and a denim jacket. A look we’re really loving this Spring is high-waisted black leather shorts teamed with a striped t-shirt and blazer. Great for the warmer days with the fitted blazer adding a polished finish.
Make sure it’s the right fit
There’s no greater fashion faux pas than wearing leather that is too tight. We’ve all been there- that girl clutching at her skirt every two metres as it rides up because we bought the wrong size. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it cheapens your whole look. Forget what the label says, choose a piece that fits your body shape perfectly. Comfort is non-negotiable and your leather items should reflect your unique personal style and environment. Fitted leather pants or leggings are versatile enough to pair with white sneakers, heels or peep-toe ankle boots. Avoid a cropped top if you’re wearing skinny leather pants. If skinny leg leather pants aren’t your thing, there are some great slouched leather pants available this season which look fabulous with pointed heels and a tucked in silk blouse.
There’s no rule book saying we need to stick to black or brown leather season after season. Although these colours are classics for a reason, there are some beautiful coloured leather and suede options featuring on the high street this Spring. Try teaming a khaki A-line mini skirt with a white linen button down shirt. Or a light camel suede jacket over your favourite weekend dress. Two stunning items available on Revoir include an Alexander McQueen leather jacket in blood orange, or the ‘Desert Vest’ in caramel by Willow, both perfect additions to any Spring wardrobe.
Contrast is key
Contrasting textures, patterns and fabrics is the best way to get the most out of your leather pieces. A great example for Spring is pairing a bright, floral maxi dress with your go-to black leather jacket. The tough look of the leather balances the soft, feminine florals and pastels. A light grey pencil skirt with a slouchy mohair or cashmere knit is a stylish outfit perfect for the cooler days, corporate or casual. Alternatively, a soft lambskin leather mini skirt with a tucked in chambray button shirt gives an urban edge to your look. The trend of laser cut or perforated leather pieces will continue into Spring/Summer ’17 collections; a high-end, edgy, athleisure street style done best by Karen Millen, Manning Cartell, Rebecca Valence and KITX.
There’s no need to go hell for leather. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) For those of us who are a little intimidated by leather, start out with the basics. A great leather handbag and ankle boots are a staple in most modern wardrobes. From there, experiment with leather trims or features on your pants, shirts or skirts. A white shirt with black leather cuffs, collar or elbow patches adds eye-catching detail to your outfit. Bold, oversized earring with bright leather tassels are great for adding a pop of colour to your Spring core basics. Or give your little black dress an added touch of glamour with leather panels.
The options are endless when it comes to leather. Why not dip your toes in and work up from there? Most of all, have fun with it! There’s a lot more to this versatile fabric than black biker jackets, so check it out this season and find a piece that expresses your own personal style. We’d love to hear how you go!
Over to you…
What’s your number one rule when it comes to wearing leather? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.