The Stylish Dresser: Black Leather

I am teaching a course in trend forecasting at the moment, and one of the AW 11/12 trends mentioned in class was leather. Yes, I would say that leather was a bit of a trend for winter, but then again, there are very few autumn winter seasons when black leather is OUT of fashion. And while I am a big proponent of buying “smart” during the sales (ie. don’t buy seasonal stuff just ’cause it’s cheap), you can’t go wrong with black leather. I have wanted a nice pair of black leather trousers for many years (but you need to be having a really thin day, hell, a thin YEAR, to buy those) so I think I am going to try and get myself a black leather skirt or dress instead. Here are some amazing black leather pieces at mega-discounted prices.

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Even though its been on our radar for a few seasons, the leather dress is still a great piece. Left, Theory dress, was $1047, now $313. Right, By Malene Birger dress, was $808, now $303.

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Left, a lovely leather panelled sweater by Joseph, was $742, now $222. Right, the Acne black leather pants I’d like to squeeze myself into, was $1340, now $670.


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Everyone needs a black leather cheerleader-esque skirt. Left, leather circle skirt by D&G, was $932, now $372. Right, Vanessa Bruno Athé skirt, was $405, now, $161.

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Black leather shirts can either look amazing cool, or tragically naff. Try and go for the former. Left, shirt by L’Agence, was $584, now $232. Right, long sleeved shirt from Joseph. Was $981, now $490.

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Long leather gloves: totally impractical but pretty damn slick. Left, gloves from D&G, was $445, now $222. Right, gloves from Sportmax, was $277, now $138.

Full disclosure, I am an affiliate of My Wardrobe, but it is because they sell amazing stuff and I want all of this. Except maybe the pants, ’cause I’m not having a thin year.

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  • Lola

    Saw this at a fashion show in Calgary, it is backless and more of an army green in person, and to die for: 
    http://www.caitlinpower.com/fw2011.html

    Unfortunately it is very hard to find. I was speaking with the designer and she was going to sell me  the sample but with the holidays so busy I missed her :( I hope this dress and I can become united one day. There is something sexy about a leather dress, when worn right of course. 

  • Anonymous

    What number? The link just goes to the lookbook.

  • Nutsa_nad

    Hey Alexandra! 
    I own the black leather cheerleader skirt. can you give us some advise how and with what to wear it?

    thank you!

  • Anonymous

    A varsity sweater! Haha, just kidding. Well, no, but if you don’t want to look like a cheeleader (and there are worse things to look like) then I’d say a oversized or big sweater, chunky socks and Frye boots for day time. And for evening, probably something quite loose on top (there is a lot of leg going on here, so you need to be demure in other areas) like a sequined top or chiffon blouse, and some heels, probably fairly chunky ones.

  • Lola

    Very last, far bottom right. 

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that’s amazing. It doesn’t even look like leather!

  • Nutsa_nad

    Thank you so much! great advice! 

  • Irenemaragos

    Alex, a question: If you can’t afford real leather (even is at discounted prices) can buying fake leather be an alternatrive? Or steer clear? 

  • Anonymous

    Steer clear. And real leather isn’t that expensive. It is better to buy less, good quality things, over lots of cheap things.