This year leather and faux leather are trending big. And what a fun trend to enjoy, especially since many leather pieces are actually classics you can wear for years. Today I’m sharing a fun faux leather dress that I recently wore with brown suede boots and a colorful coat. And I’m answering some reader questions along the way.
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Question: Can a mature woman wear leather and not look trashy? I’d love to participate in the leather and faux leather trend. But I’m worried about looking like I’m trying to look too young or ultra sexy.
Answer: Good question! I, too, want to participate in this trend without looking “over the top” or, as you say, trashy. Part of my personal style aesthetic is to look elevated, polished, so I certainly don’t want to appear distasteful. The key to wearing leather and faux leather as we get older is to choose pieces that look a little sophisticated and simple. Also make modest choices in your outfit. For instance, keep the hemline of leather dresses and skirts longer than shorter, and choose pieces that are not extremely tight or low cut at the neckline. And then wear that leather or faux leather with confidence!
Question: I know leather is trending and they say you can substitute in faux leather. But does faux leather look a little cheap? Is it really a good sub?
Answer: Obviously faux leather doesn’t usually look quite like the real thing. But right now the trend is swinging toward the vegan or faux choices. I guess it’s seen as more environmentally friendly and obviously less costly. So while the alternative pleather may have looked “cheap” in the past, it’s actually quite eye-catching and acceptable right now. So I say it’s a good time to try it!
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Question: I love the look of boots and dresses with bare legs on other women. But I don’t feel like my legs look good enough to wear boots without tights. Can I wear hose?
Answer: You betcha! I’m a firm believer in the concept that confidence is the most important thing we can “wear.” So if some sheer, good quality hosiery will help you feel more confident in those boots and dress, wear them. I sure did. I’m wearing these Spanx micro-fishnet midthigh shaping tights in nude, and I think they’re pretty amazing. Yes, they’re pricey. But they are super strong and they create a nice camouflage effect without having the sheen of traditional pantyhose. They also come in black. And these are definitely the way to go if you want to wear hose and have that bare leg effect.
Question: Kay, I just bought a leather dress and I’m so excited to wear it. It has gold hardware on it, but it’s minimal. I’m wondering, however, how to accessorize it. It has a button up collar.
Answer: Wow! I wonder if we have the same dress. Knowing how many of my readers faithfully shop Talbots, I’d say the chances are good. This Talbots faux leather popover shirtdress is such a great choice for women of a certain age. The body-skimming but not hugging silhouette is quite forgiving and flattering. Accessories? Go impactful, but minimal. This dress (and other leather dresses or pieces) is a statement on its own. So you don’t need to “say” much else with your accessories. Let them “whisper” a little confidence and class.
That dainty necklace above is a “whisper” from me to you of good things to come! Stay tuned…
Question: I have a brown leather dress and I’m planning to wear either brown or black knee high boots with it. Should I add color somewhere? With a necklace or handbag? Maybe a scarf?
Answer: Again, I believe we’re thinking alike! I wondered the same thing when I put together this ensemble. But in the end I decided to let brown have it’s day…until it was time to step out the door. I added bold red in my coat and leather gloves (similar). We’ll call it making a grand entrance! And yes, you could add a pretty scarf to your brown leather dress. But I actually love the way the different shades of brown play against each other in my dress and boots outfit. Don’t be afraid to let this trending color hog the stage. It’s a showstopper on its own.
Question: What shoes should I wear with a leather dress or skirt?
Answer: Depending on the dress, the occasion and your personal preferences, you can wear knee high boots, booties, pumps or even some flats. I personally like the combination of suede or other fabric with the leather dress or skirt rather than wearing leather footwear. That adds some nice texture to the outfit. And leopard print or boucle pumps or flats could look really nice, too. Oh, and it’s perfectly fine to wear black with brown and vice versa.
I think that exhausts the questions I’ve received lately about leather. But certainly let me know if you have others. What about you? Are you participating in the leather and faux leather trend? What is your favorite leather piece that you’re wearing these days? I’d love to hear about it.
As I mentioned above, I do think the best accessory we can wear with leather is confidence. So if you choose to wear a little leather or faux leather this winter, rock it! You’ve earned the right to wear this trending fabric with a little aplomb. And hopefully the styling tips I’ve offered up today will help you do just that.
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