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Dressy, heavy leather coats and bombers make for a perfect winter look. But the fit-for-fall material has now graduated to become a summer favourite too. Not just favoured by labels such as Prada, Loewe, and Hermes at their SS ’19 shows, leather has been spotted on blogger and fashion entrepreneur Chiara Ferragni, singer Katie Ora, actress Deepika Padukone (her signature leather leggings give a new meaning to ‘airport chic’), and Priyanka Chopra who wore a summer-appropriate black Ralph Lauren leather dress and even an Akris red leather skirt in New York. 

Besides your valued classic leather bags and footwear, there are a number of ways in which you can loop in leather as a part of your summer look. Below are some runway-inspired cues.

Classic leather jackets
A model in Tom Ford. Image: Courtesy Getty
A model in Tom Ford. Image: Courtesy Getty

Leather jackets have become a trans-seasonal wardrobe must have. From Tom Ford’s scaled jackets in beige, black, and military greens to Clare Waight Keller’s uber-chic take on bikers for Givenchy,  runways were packed with several renditions of the classic piece. 

How to wear

Layering is key. Wear a leather jacket over a simple T-shirt or a shirt. For those on a lookout for just making a statement, casually throw it over your shoulder, like a cape. We suggest veer away from black; instead, experiment with runway-approved hues mentioned above and add a dash of contrasting colourways. 

Playful leather skirts

A model in Burberry. Image: Courtesy Getty

Skirts are synonymous with spring. From pencil and pleated to flared and ones with slits, this wardrobe essential has been reinterpreted for summer by Riccardo Tisci of Burberry as a beige semi-formal piece, and Ferragamo via olive green asymmetric skirts. 

How to wear

A neat, sleek leather skirt, paired with a shirt is a winning look. Experiment with the type of heels you want to play with. Even though Burberry-approved beige is the new black, you can also opt for soft tones of browns and greens. Also playing with textures can help – pair your leather skirt with a silk or a satin shirt. Think beautiful tropical prints, retro paisleys, and even ditsy florals. 

Perfect leather trousers and leggings
YSL. Image: Courtesy Getty
YSL. Image: Courtesy Getty

The leather trousers and leggings of the ’80s are making a huge comeback this summer in different forms. While at YSL leather trousers were rolled out as a part of eveningwear, at Tod’s full-blown patent leather trousers were seen as a part of nightwear. 

How to wear

If you have a tall, lanky frame, classic leather trousers can help you accentuate your structure. Think formal with a dash of casual-chic – tailored half sleeved shirts, tucked inside with a wide leather belt or a minimal white T-shirt also works. Ankle length pants with asymmetric tops make for a perfect summer look. 

Evergreen leather dresses
Versace. Image: Courtesy Getty
Versace. Image: Courtesy Getty

A full leather dress too much for summers? Its runway renditions by Versace, Prada, and Acne Studios proved otherwise. While Bella Hadid was seen taking over the runway in a fluorescent green leather dress at Versace, Miuccia Prada brought back 60s with her minimally harnessed leather dresses. 

How to wear

Needless to say, the trend is for the ones who like taking risks. We suggest since it is a statement piece, let it do the talking – do not add or over-embellish. A leather dress in a striking tone with heels is your answer. 

Quirky leather shorts
Isabel Marant. Image: Courtesy Getty
Isabel Marant. Image: Courtesy Getty

Shorts spell summers – move beyond the usual biker, denim, and cycling shorts. Leather is material-du-jour. Take cues from Isabel Marant’s pleated shorts. Following the trail was YSL, with its sleek short-suits and Tods with patent white shorts. 

How to wear

Leather shorts can play in your favour if styled to perfection. Think a classic black tailored jacket with shorts.

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.