Straight from the streets of New York: How to style your leather vest

The leather vest is the quiet achiever of the fashion world – the jackets, skirts and leggings of the family are lavished with attention, while it slips under the radar. But dressed up or dressed down, the leather vest is a sartorial staple that fashion’s cool girls (think Alexander Wang’s squad, not Taylor Swift’s) can’t get enough of. Here’s how to wear it.

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1. Make like Miranda Kerr, who teamed a forest green moto jacket with an intricately embroidered Louis Vuitton top for the house’s Spring ’16 show. From malbec to hazelnut to navy, a coloured leather jacket is anything but standard.

2. Tap into the trend for bespoke with our limited edition, hand-painted ‘Pashiflora’ jacket by New York-based artist Anouk Colantoni.

3. Opt for a jacket that mixes leather with other materials, such as tactile wool paneling for a softer look.

4. Boost the cool girl cred of your formal attire by teaming your leather jacket with a cocktail dress for weddings and events.

5. Look to styles with avant-garde embellishment like quilting, studs, diagonal zips and fringing guaranteed to turn heads.


6. ‘Do as the style set do on chilly New York days and drape a blanket scarf over the top of your jacket for a winning layered effect.’

7. Distressed leather is a textural alternative to calfskin: wear it when you want to give your look a hint of vintage style.

8. Models Aymeline Valade and Binx Walton stand out from the crowd care of oversized motor jackets – go up a size or try a longline style to play up the leather’s tomboy appeal.

9. Depart from the classic motor jacket and try leather versions of other outerwear classics instead – think leather denim jackets, leather trench coats and leather blazers.

10. Double dip by wearing leather on leather: be it a jacket with over-the-knee leather boots, a leather skirt in a different hue to your jacket or a leather top peeking beneath. It’s a look favoured by the Hadid sisters, Michelle Williams and Pernille Teisbaek.


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