Here's What Will Be Replacing the Black Leather Jacket in Your Closet

Sure, you have probably invested in a classic black leather jacket at some point—well, this editor certainly has—but if you’re looking for a new way to wear leather, I’m here to tell you all about the colorful leather trend that is set to be big in 2020. It took off during spring S/S 20 fashion month, where it was spotted at shows including Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and Rochas with colors like electric purple, forest green, and sunset shades commanding a presence in designers’ collections.

Since then, it has already begun to dominate the street style scene, which is a telltale sign that it is set to be huge. While I’m a huge proponent of sleek black pieces, the colorful take on leather feels fresh and cool—something I’ll be adopting into my personal wardrobe. Here, see how fashion insiders are already wearing colored leather, and then shop my edit of pieces to try out yourself.


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I always look to Aimee Song for trends that are about to break. Here, she's showing exactly how to pull off a tricky color like this bold yellow.


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Another way to style a saturated yellow blazer? Wear another sunset shade like orange underneath as Anna Vitiello did here.


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I'm loving is this vibrant fuchsia. Here, Lauren Johnson styled an oversize blazer like a dress—paired with just a simple tee and strappy heels.


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Worn with a pair of jeans, this cobalt-blue blazer does all of the heavy lifting for this cool look. If you're stumped for ways to pull off colorful leather, this is definitely a great place to start.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.