If there was one standout trend that ruled the fall 2019 runways, it was undoubtedly leather. The luxurious fabric made an appearance at practically every major designer’s show in the form of dresses, jumpsuits, trench coats, skirts, and head-to-toe pantsuits in a myriad of colors from merlot hues to deep purple and green. The fabric is being crafted in a refreshingly modern way for fall 2019—soft and malleable—making it way accessible, wearable, and seriously more fun than your average moto jacket.
Undoubtedly, the street style set has been quick to take on the trend—pairing the luxurious-looking fabric with everything from cool combat boots to soft knit sweaters, or wearing it as a stand-alone piece for a statement-making look.
If you don’t want to go for pricey real leather, this season there are plenty of high-quality faux-leather and vegan leather options (we love Nanushka) that feel just as soft and luxurious as the real thing.
Feeling inspired to try the trend? Scroll below as we share some of the coolest leather looks and tips on how to wear leather this season and into the next.
Black Leather Pants + Puff-Sleeve Blouse + Square-Toe Sandals
One of the easiest ways to take on the leather trend is with a pair of straight-leg black leather pants. Keep the look chic by pairing it with a puff-sleeve white blouse and minimal sandals (preferably in this season's must-have square toe silhouette).
Leather Shirt + Tailored Trousers
Swap your work blouse for a luxe-looking leather shirt instead. Opt for ecru tones to give the look a casual touch and keep the rest of the outfit in similar tonal colors—super chic.
Leather Minidress + Knee-High Boots
Not your average frock—a leather shirtdress is guaranteed to garner a myriad of compliments, especially when paired with this season's knee-high mock-croc boots. Opt for an fall khaki hue for a softer take than black.
Leather Culottes + Blazer + Strappy Sandals
Leather shorts-meets-culottes have been doing the rounds on Instagram this season with fashion girls pairing them predominantly with blazers and crisp white tank tops. It's a refreshingly modern way of wearing leather that we can't wait to try.
A leather shirtdress can be worn in multiple ways, but we're partial to it worn open as a jacket over sophisticated whites. Accessorize the sleek black-an- white outfit with a pop of color as your handbag.
Leather Skirt + Floral Blouse + Zebra-Print Shoes
While many leather outfits we've featured are streamlined, minimal, or monochrome, there are also plenty of opportunities to have fun with your leather looks too. A chic leather skirt can act as a blank canvas to pair with colorful and playful prints. Try a black leather skirt with a floral blouse and trending zebra-print shoes for a statement look.
Leather Pants + Knit Sweater + Chain-Link Necklace
For an easy, effortless fall outfit, tuck in a relaxed white sweater into a pair of high-waisted straight-leg pants, and finish the look with this season's trending chain-link necklace and animal print pumps.
Statement Dress + Sporty Sandals
You can't beat a statement leather dress for the fall season ahead. Look for cool detailing, like puff shoulders, ruching, and zips for a modern look. Pair with sporty slides to give the look a casual edge.