Style Guide: How to Work Leather Into Your Look

Style Guide: How to Work Leather Into Your Look

Every once in a while a trend comes along that bridges the gap between seasons, transitioning perfectly and allowing our bank accounts to breathe for a hot minute. Fresh from my first trip to New York Fashion Week, I was elated to discover that leather, faux of course, will continue its Fash takeover all the way through spring 2013. Naturally I instantly started plotting which pieces would lend to the most potential repeats. With a budget pleasing mindset, I’ve pulled together my two faux leather must-haves that will keep you stylish for seasons to come.

Feminine Faux Leather Skirt:
Style Guide: How to Work Leather Into Your Look

Kate Spade JESSIE TOP $298.00, Free People Skirt – Vegan Leather Circle $96.00, Heels – Forever 21 *Sold Out, House of Harlow 1960 ‘Nicole’ Sunglasses $125


Let the guilt-free shopping begin. A killer leather skirt is sure to become a classic repeat piece for countless seasons. Not to mention, the girly skirt will help contain the dreaded biker babe comparisons many fear when dipping into the leather pool for the first time. In order to authentically acclimate trends into your wardrobe, a firm grasp on your personal style is paramount. Let’s face it, Anna and edgy are about as fashionably compatible as tie-dye and camo, which is why a skirt is always my go-to when it comes to testing out trends. With countless color options available this season, from hunter green to pale pink, it’s never been a better time to make your first leather purchase. Add tights for winter and prepare to pair your faux leather with lace and floral prints for spring.

Fash Tip – If you’re looking to take leather into the workplace via a killer pencil skirt, it’s important to tone down its obvious sexiness by styling it with polished pieces like a tailored blazer or a feminine blouse.

Style Guide: How to Work Leather Into Your Look
Timeless Faux Leather Jacket:
Style Guide: How to Work Leather Into Your Look

Maxi Dress – Bar III *Sold Out, French Connection GALAXY COLLARLESS BIKER JACKET £97.0, Bowler Hat – H&M *Sold Out, Posh Locket Disc Ring $28


Without question, a faux leather jacket is a timeless piece we should all invest in. The luxe appearance and textural contrast it instantly adds to an ensemble will always be a great way to show that you have an eye for style. My favorite way to rock this must-have for fall is with a maxi. The usual summer staple has transitioned into fall thanks to designers pushing it such as Rachel Zoe and Rebecca Taylor. The addition of a faux leather jacket assists in the seamless segue of seasons. For a casually edgy look try pairing your jacket with an oversized white tee and nylon leggings. For a sweeter take, go with an above the knee drop waist dress and Mary Janes.

Fash Tip – Make your jacket pop by pairing it with falls most popular hues, mustard and burgundy.

Style Guide: How to Work Leather Into Your Look
Looking to branch away from these leather basics? Add a fash twist to your wardrobe by styling one of these trendy faux leather pieces!

Dressy Leather Look:

Style Guide: How to Work Leather Into Your Look
1. Cotton On Faux Leather Peplum Top, $30
2. Posh Locket Cube Cuff, $20
3. Bauble Bar Triple Layer Necklace, $68
4. LC Lauren Conrad Platform Heels, $38.97
5. The Outnet Polka Dot Skirt
6. The Outnet Pleated Clutch, $177.75


Casual Leather Look:

Style Guide: How to Work Leather Into Your Look
1. J. Crew Peter Pan Collar Tee, $75
2. LC Lauren Conrad Ballet Flats, $38.49
3. Mimi Boutique Faux Leather Satchel, $57.50
4. Posh Locket Black Crystal Ring, $28
5. Posh Locket Disc Ring
6. River Island Black Retro Sunglasses, £13.00
7. Oasis Faux Leather Trousers, £40.00


If the leather look is too much for your wardrobe, try incorporating it slowly with a faux leather handbag, ankle booties, or a blouse with leather accents. These simple leather-like statements will make a huge impact.

What faux leather piece are you excited to style for fall?

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PS. For a super girlie take on this leather trend be sure to check out how I styled my pale pink faux leather skirt, here!

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  • Melissa Panici

    Love this post Anna! I am really liking the prices of those outfit pieces as well:) Thanks for thinking of us who don’t have loads of money in our wallets. lol Anyway, i can’t wait to get a leather jacket. I really wanted to get Lauren’s when it first came out but I was too late. Kohls didn’t carry it anymore. Thanks for the tips Anna!

  • Lauren Conrad

    Love this post Anna :-) Great job! XO Lauren

  • Cesie Alvarez

    I love all of these looks!! Especially the peplum- so work appropriate!

    Might I add that wearing brown leather is a much softer way to approach the leather trend.
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  • Deanne Castro

    I love both looks! Very chic!

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  • Bunhead

    Anna, you look stunning. I hope you’re getting the recognition you deserve. The amount of info you put into these post is amazing. I hope you had a great weekend, and yes. I WILL be buying that Kate Spade top. hahahaha

  • Martin M

    A letaher skirt is something really brilliant for each wardrobe. Love how Anna combined it!! XOXO from Germany :)

  • Kelby Peachey

    Another great post by fabulous Anna!!

    Thank you again for the reminder about my faux leather jacket I have in my closet. I put it away for summer but now that its fall, I’m happy to bring it out. Maybe with a cute pair of ankle booties too. :)



    Love the look Anna!

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  • Melissa LaRose

    Seriously in love with the leather skirt and that printed top!!! As always, gorgeous :)

    <3 Melissa

  • Kellie Norton

    I love this post!! You always give the best advice on how to incorporate today’s trends, no matter a girl’s style is! Loved how you styled everything as well :-)


  • Varsi Stockwell

    Anna, you look amazing. I love the first outfit so much. Great tips as always, girl.

  • GraceyCleo

    Another lovely post, Anna. You look stylish and chic and I love the outfits you pulled together. I haven’t tried leather yet, but that skirt is pulling me in the direction.

  • Elle Pearson

    Loving my leather jacket at the moment! Recently did a OOTD blog post featuring it! Inspired to venture into new leather items after reading your post, Anna! Thanks!

  • Christa Hampton

    You killed this look, sweets. That Kate Spade top is FLAWLESS.

  • k2spitfire

    did you say maxi? lol

  • Mallory

    Great advice for those of us who may be anxious about incorporating leather into our wardrobe! Definitely going to start looking for the perfect leather leggings!

    xo, Mal

  • Sarah Lawson

    Wonderful pics, Anna. You always look so put together. I’d love to see a post with you and Lauren. Have you met her yet?

  • Cassidy Short

    LOVE the leather looks for fall! I cannot wait to bust out my black, leather skirt :)



  • Christina Graci

    LOVE me some leather. One of my favorite things about fall..leather everything.

  • Rebecca Bakofsky

    I am loving leather this season!!! My leather leggings are my fav thing to wear and I just bought a top with leather trim :)

  • pearadise

    i LOVE your leather skirt! it’s so feminine, flirty, and edgy all at the same time! And your top is so fun and different, goes great with the skirt!

    I just bought LC Lauren Conrad’s faux leather leggings/pants and I can’t wait to style them! Looking so forward to Fall! Just wish the hot weather would transition already lol

    XO, Pear“”>

  • Ally Powell

    ADORE THIS POST!!!! I love how girly you made the looks and that little h&m hat is presh. Can I make a request for post every week please? I miss when you were on twice a week.

    xoxo, Ally

  • Katjusha Bricman

    Anna I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE this post! I love faux leather pieces, I have a lot of them but I’m kind of awkward how to combine chic outfit cause I wore them on metal and rock concerts only.

    Thumbs up!!! Love it, love it, love it!

  • Petra Zeller

    Wow Anna, love your style. You look so amazing in all of these outfits. I like leather jacket amd pants for fall. Its really perfect. Great Post
    xo, Petra

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  • Leslie Arriaza

    OMG that Kate Spade top is gorgeous! But way out of my league! :( Can you recommend any ~looks for less? Love the post as always, Anna!

  • Amanda DeWitt

    I just got a faux leather jacket!! Can’t wait for it to cool down some so I can wear it. I will be paring it with my maxi dress for work as you did. So cute!!

  • Barefoot Duchess

    Oh God! You look adorable in both outfits!!!

  • Amber Welles

    YES! I’ve been needing a post like this. Thanks for all the great tips hun. You look amaze balls. That Kate Spade top is everything. xx

  • Linh Ly

    Anna! i love the casual leather great so cute! would def wear both though!


  • Shannon H

    You’re killing it Anna. I agree with the other girls, I’d love to see a post with and Lauren together. You’re living the dream. Keep up the good work.

  • Emilie

    I love the casual leather look – I have a lot of trouble pulling off leather but Anna – you do so with ease :)

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  • debora f

    wow i love Faux Leather Jacket :)

  • Rachel Trampel

    I LOVE your leather skirt and blouse in the first outfit! Great tips Anna :)


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  • Marianne Jarvis

    I’m loving this trend, Anna! Hope all is well! :) Xx

  • Tiffani Stuart

    Oh, Anna… I think you could pull edgy off, lol. You have so much charisma ;0) You can do it , girl– find your inner rocker.

  • Ellie

    The casual lether look is so cute! Definitely something I would wear as like a staple outfit ♥

  • Nathalie Maxey

    Very cute options! LOVE the leather peplum top!

  • paola nvr

    Where can I get the River Island Black Retro Sunglasses ???



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