Over the past couple of seasons, we’ve seen leather rising to become one of the most popular materials on the fashion scene.
Yet, far from the biker look of the 1980s, it seems that spring/summer 2020 is set to be the season for stylish and sophisticated leather looks that wouldn’t look out of place in the office.
Dependent on neither destination or weather, leather looks like a trend that’s going to stay for the foreseeable future, and certainly into winter. No longer restricted to cowboy boots, studded jackets, and too-tight biker pants, this versatile material is now being turned into everything from tailored trousers to maxi dresses.
Taking Leather Designs to the Catwalk
The status of leather as a fashion-forward trend has been emphasized on the catwalk by many of the world’s top designers. From big names like Givenchy to cult brands like Bottega Veneta, collections for this season have been tapping into this covetable look, bringing together dramatic statement pieces and structured silhouettes with impressive effect.
Of course, leather as a material will always have its controversies. Vegans and animal rights activists protest its cruelty for a start. But for those fashion fans who ardently pursue the latest looks, it’s the perfect choice for the spring season thanks to its versatility. You need only look to the catwalks to see how leather has been adapted for use in any climate. Structured pants and suede boots work perfectly in cold weather, while strappy leather tops, shorts, and sandals are the ideal summer look.
Leather is also the perfect material to make a statement. No longer limited to dull blacks and browns, the most up-to-date leather clothing comes in a stunning array of shades from bottle green to vibrant red. Whether you decide to opt for chic co-ordinates, a spectacular coat, or an eye-catching dress, there’s no doubt that leather is the way to go.
Not only that, but leather is incredibly robust and durable. When you buy a leather piece for your wardrobe you can be confident that you’re investing in your long-term style. This can even be easily repaired, so you can carry on wearing your favourite boots or jacket for many years to come.
How do I Get the Look?
If you’re keen to follow the trend and adopt this season’s hot new look into your wardrobe, you have two choices. Either keep it subtle and chic or go all-out with a head-to-toe leather look. For most of us, a beautifully tailored coat may be just the touch we need to tip the hat at the most recent styles, or for a more casual approach, pair leather separates with a crisp shirt and sneakers on cooler days, then switch up to shorts or a leather mini skirt paired with a plain white tee for warmer weather.
For those who are determined to replicate the looks we’ve seen on the catwalk, the distinctive silhouette of a “one-and-done” piece is the best way to make an impact with only minimal styling required. A strappy dress or well-cut leather suit finished with slingback heels or slouchy boots and layered with a trench coat in a complementing colour is the perfect outfit for any sophisticated event.
Endlessly versatile, it’s clear that leather is the perfect way to upgrade your working and leisure wardrobes for spring/summer 2020.