Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Day Two: Leather
On the Runway
Leather continues to be a big trend on the runway. Patent or shiny leather is especially in this season, such as Tommy Hilfiger’s lacquered shiny leather coat (in oxblood!) or J.W. Anderson’s glossy magenta ensemble.
Other (less shiny) runway looks I love:
See more inspiration on the Destination Thrift Runway Inspiration Pinboard!
Ideas for Styling
Play with textures by pairing leather with a softer fabric, or if you dare, wear an outfit entirely of leather in the form of a chic dress (or fake it with a vest and skirt.)
I love this style blogger’s take on the leather skirt trend:
Another example of pairing hard and soft:
- See more styling inspiration on the Destination Thrift We <3 Style Bloggers Pinboard!
Tips for Thrifting
Leather can be pricey in thrift stores, but there are usually a few old jackets around. Ambitious DIY-ers may want to try their hand at restyling, but be aware of the unique challenges of working with leather before you commit. Check consignment stores for more modern styles of jackets. Old leather may start cracking, peeling, and flaking, so make sure you test it in the store before buying. Scratch an unobtrusive place with your fingernail. If flakes fall off, it’s not going to last you very long.
I’m not sure if I totally buy into the glossy leather look – it can easily look cheap to me. Don’t settle for fake leather or shiny “pleather” – trust me, you won’t fool anyone. Do check for leather heels in a glossy finish if you’re looking for a bit of shine in your life. High-quality shoes made of leather will last you quite a long time, and you’ll be right in step with this fall’s trends. Even faux patent leather heels tend to look better than entire garments made out of the fake stuff. Bonus: great shoes are always in style.
How I Interpreted the Trend
I’m still on the hunt for that great leather jacket. Since I’m small on top, it can be difficult to find a stylish jacket that fits me well. (Most leather jackets in the thrifts are too big or have a baggy fit that doesn’t flatter my shape.) I bought my first leather article of clothing this year: a Byrnes & Baker miniskirt for $4.99. It’s not patent leather, but it is a classic look that won’t be out of style in a few years.
I also scored some vintage leather gloves for only $1 at a local shop in Pekin, IL. (I’ll be posting pictures on the Destination Thrift Facebook page tomorrow!)
Another great find: this caramel colored vintage leather cross-body bag that I scored for half off at a Peoria consignment shop.
What leather piece will you be rocking out this fall?