High-Street Leather Can Look So Expensive—5 Pieces That Have My Seal of Approval

If there's one thing I always reach for as soon as temperatures drop—aside from my hot water bottle—it's leather. I'm a firm believer that if you add leather items to your outfit, it'll instantly elevate your look to become effortlessly polished. It's all about finding those key items that look expensive, though, and I believe the high street never fails when it comes to these five leather items: Outerwear, trousers, shirts, skirts and dresses. 

While real leather will set you back more than faux and vegan iterations, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality. Over the years, these variations have become so good, some have even fooled me into believing they're the real deal. 


(Image credit: @_marisamartins_)

Marisa Martins wearing Whistles sell-out leather shirt. 

When it comes to brands, Whistles sell-out leather shirts is a seasonal winner (their cult style is back in stock), All Saints will forever be a go-to for biker jackets and Mango has leather trousers (real and faux) that I've rated for years.

Keep scrolling to see my edit of the best leather pieces on the high street right now. 

1. The Best High-Street Leather Outerwear

2.The Best High-Street Leather Trousers

3.The Best High-Street Leather Shirts 

4.The Best High-Street Leather Skirts

5.The Best High-Street Leather Dresses

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Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor who has been part of Who What Wear's extended team since 2017. She previously worked in print at Look magazine and has since worked across print, digital and social for many other titles, including British Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Refinery29 and Marie Claire. Also a stylist, Harriet has had the pleasure of producing cover shoots and editorials along with commercial shoots for brands including Boux Avenue, Watches of Switzerland, Benefit Cosmetics and Revolution. To add to this, Harriet also works in live TV styling for ITV’s This Morning. Back to Who What Wear. With hundreds of published stories on site, Harriet knows what the WWW reader wants. Keeping up to date with the latest It buys and runway trends, she can guarantee to keep you one step ahead of the most stylish people. When not writing or styling, Harriet loves to go shopping (yes, more fashion). If she’s not in a local Hackney bar or restaurant, you can find her forever searching for her next holiday destination.