How to style leather in summer

If you love your leather staples as much as we do, it’s impossible to imagine relegating them to the back of the wardrobe for an entire season. Especially when summer’s slip dresses are simply crying out for something more substantial draped around bare shoulders.

All the reasons we love leather don’t disappear when the temperature rises – leather adds a gritty glamour to your summer staples, not to mention a solid dose of sex appeal. Read on for the leather styling tricks to see you through this season.

 EMMANUELLE CULOTTES BLACK LEATHER

CROP IT

Swap your leather leggings for styles that show off your bronzed summer pins – when teamed with a crisp white tee or diaphanous silk camisole, leather skirts, shorts and culottes are the ideal alternative to the denim basics you recycle all season.

Unlike those tired denim cut-offs, cheeky leather shorts and mini-skirts imbue summer ensembles with a fashion-forward, cosmopolitan vibe.

 Denham Denim Shirt

COLD SHOULDER

There’s no denying the off-the-shoulder look is having a major moment, but a leather version elevates the trend from ubiquitous to unique. In dresses or tops, the strapless style won’t weigh you down and gives a summery look a hit of grit.

Jacques off the shoulder dress black leather

SHEER DARING

Leather and sheer fabrics are a match made in sartorial heaven – if your flowing summer dresses are a little too girly, toughen them up by throwing a leather jacket or vest over your shoulders. They’re just the ticket to anchor a barely-there outfit and the mix of heavy and light materials means you’ll never be too hot or too cold.

UPDATE YOUR LBD

No wardrobe is complete without an LBD (or six), but for a more directional take, look to edgy incarnations in leather. An LLD (that’s little leather dress) strikes the perfect balance between provocative and polished – wear designs that hit the knee from desk to drinks and save shorter styles for out of hours.

Audrey Dress in black leather

Dresses with flirty leather details like fringing at the hem offer a breezy twist on the classic leather dress that’s made for summer nights. Just add strappy heels and champagne (obvs).

Queens Fringe Dress

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