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Leather Fashion

Updated on June 15, 2015

Leather Skirt

Playful leather skirt
Playful leather skirt | Source

Winter Fashion Trends

For a long time the domain of aging bikers and fetishists in Paris clubs, now leather is coming back with all its force into fashion.

A soft, sexy; romantic and elegant material ideal for winter, leather is being used by designers such as Christopher Kane, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs among many others who are joining in this Winter's trend. And the high street shops are not being left behind. Ever since Victoria Beckham risked appearing wearing leather, Marks & Spencer claims to have increased by a good percentage the sales of its leather dresses online, and that is even before they showed the dresses in their shops!

This is because leather is a timeless material. So soft to the touch that is sensual in itself. When used for dresses, skirts and trousers, leather enhances the curves giving a voluptuous look. If you want to be noticed this winter, do not forget to stock up in some good leather items. Remember that leather clothing is also an investment, like vintage clothes. The trick in wearing leather is to know how to combine it and pair it to give you an elegant aloof look rather than the 80's rocker in disgrace look!

Leather Pant

Parker Women's Addie Skinny Leather Pant
Parker Women's Addie Skinny Leather Pant

Skinny-fit leather pant featuring three zippered pockets on front 100% Leather


The Queen of Jordan Wearing A Leather Jacket

HM The Queen of Jordan at the World Economic Forum 2010
HM The Queen of Jordan at the World Economic Forum 2010 | Source

Leather Jackets

Marc New York by Andrew Marc Women's Sandie Quilted Leather Jacket
Marc New York by Andrew Marc Women's Sandie Quilted Leather Jacket | Source
Moto-inspired leather jacket with asymmetric front zipper and quilted panels on sleeves
Moto-inspired leather jacket with asymmetric front zipper and quilted panels on sleeves | Source

About the Material

Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides and skins of animals, primarily cattle. The tanning process converts the skin into a durable, long-lasting and versatile natural material.

Know your leather.

The most common leathers used on clothing are :

  • Patent leather is leather that has been given a high gloss finish, usually with a plastic coating.

  • Napa leather, is chrome-tanned and is extremely soft and supple. Commonly found in higher quality wallets, toiletry kits, and other personal leather goods.

  • Buckskin is a suede like leather that has been altered by a tanning process.

Givenchy Fall 2008 collection

Jasper Conran: Fall 2008 collection


Rihanna wearing  super-tight leather pants
Rihanna wearing super-tight leather pants

Leather pants

Leather trousers for this season are super-skinny. Look at Givenchy's collection. Leather trousers should be form-fitting except at the ankle. They are worn to show off your figure. Bear in mind that there is the "cigarette" style and the tregging.

Cigarette style leather trousers are best on tall women, worn with high heels and a top made of soft material.

The tregging (the new trend between a legging and a trouser) is more casual and can be worn like leggings with long sweaters that hide the hips and bottom. See Rihanna's photo on the right wearing a leather tregging during Paris fashion week.

Leather skirt

available from $99,99
available from $99,99 | Source

Leather Pencil Skirt

The leather Skirt

The leather skirt is one of the warmest and most sexy items of clothing when it is worn with style. Wear it with incredible high heels and an understated one coloured silk blouse and you will be turning heads wherever you go. Leather is chic and it is soon becoming a winter essential.

Who can wear a leather skirt?

Unlike other items of clothing, leather does not forgive. Leather skirts look great on tall slender curvy shapes. The material clings to the body and accentuates the lower curves.

I find that the best style for a leather skirt is the one just above the knee. Too short a skirt and it will make you look slutty; too long and you will drown in it. Just a few centimetres above or under the knee are the ideal lengths for leather pencil skirts.

Usually leather skirts are for casual wear, teamed up with a sweater of soft material it looks great. The best colours are of course black, burgundy, brown, copper and milk. Although worn correctly -like in the photo under-, a red leather skirt can look very classy and elegant.

How to wear leather?


DO NOT wear a leather garment with any other leather items, with the exception of shoes


Do choose a simple cut for leather items. Pure simple lines are best; the material is rich enough so you can choose simple cuts.

Take care of it - leather clothes need to be cleaned by a professional cleaner ONLY!

Do pair a leather jacket with a simple white t-shirt and dark jeans.

Do pair a leather jacket with a cocktail dress for night time to create a rock "n" roll look.


Leather cloths tend to be small, so it is better to try on one size bigger than your usual for a good fit.

Elibol Leather Fashion Show


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      Wendy Iturrizaga 2 years ago from France

      andy: yes I think it is not only comfortable but as you put it, very fun to wear

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      andy 2 years ago

      I have worn latex and love the feeling of it too plus i think women can look so sensual in latex and just wearing it you can feel a little rebellious and i know it not as popular as leather but it can be great fun to wear

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 2 years ago from France

      andy: Yes, I have worn latex and I like it. I like the "second skin" feeling of it

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      andy 2 years ago

      Princessa have you ever thought of trying latex fashion ? as it as some aspects of leather a little more daring maybe

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 2 years ago from France

      andy: Oh yes, there is something very special about leather. Whenever I wear it, it instantly lifts me up. You are right, it is difficult to find good quality leather outfits specially if you are curvy or a plus size. But the good thing is that once you find a good leather outfit it lasts for years so it is worth the investment.

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      andy 2 years ago

      Great hub on leather i don't think there is enough good quality leather clothing for plus size ladies i think there is something very special about leather the look the feel and yes the smell im a man and i love to see a woman in leather as leather can be classic elegant and sexy all at the sametime

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      mysisters 7 years ago

      Nice Hub. Leather is so classy and sexy. I love the look of the red leather pencil skirt pictured.

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      Leather Jackets Supplier 7 years ago

      Great article.and nice leather costumes...

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      leatherboy 7 years ago

      Princessa, it seems that both men and women like a man it leather. I've had occasions where both come up to me and give compliments especially when I'm wearing my leather jeans and leather jeacket

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      networkrecruiting 7 years ago from Spicy Alabama

      this hub reinforces why i love leather so much. i enjoyed reading this hub.Visit me at and see some great leather wallets. thanks

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      leatherboy: I'll keep your suggestion in mind, I like a man in leather!

      james: thank you for stopping here.

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      leatherboy 8 years ago

      Great article...any chance of doing a piece on leather for men?? I'm a guy and I love wearing leather jeans out all the time. When I wear them people always seem to want to talk "leather."

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      lola likes... leather seems to have that effect!

      Teeseybabe: you have some great hubs on leather fashion too, I like them, you are a girl who knows her leather -and how to please her other half with it ;-)

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      Teeseybabe 8 years ago

      Oh yeah leather does it for me any time. But its great to see it really is coming back in fashion.Great hub thanks.

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      lola likes... 8 years ago

      i'm obsessed with leather right now- great blog!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      HowtoDress: that's right, most of us have at least one favourite leather garment in the wardrobe.

      Designer Store: Thank you for taking the time to read.

      Irina: you said it, no other material offers you the same feeling of being sexy and powerful at the same time.

      Womens Clothing: thank you.

      midnightbliss: that's right, they might be expensive but if you take proper care of them they can last forever!

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      Haydee Anderson 8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      leather garments are so versatile and fashionable. Its also durable and can last a long time if cared properly.

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      Womens Clothing 8 years ago

      It is a very nice and good post. Keep up the good work.

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      Irina 8 years ago

      I am glad I am not the only leather addict in this world!!! Dresses, skirts, shirts, pants, jackets, gloves, belts, bags, boots and everything else feel and fit better, when they made of smooth, buttery, thin leather. What can be better? It makes you feel cool, powerful and sexy at the same time. Thanks for the link!

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      Designer Store 8 years ago

      Your blog is like an encyclopedia for those who want to know more about this. Thanks for the interesting information.

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      HowtoDress 8 years ago

      Great hub on leather. I think nearly every woman as sometime in her life has had a leather garment of some sort or another in her wardrobe that makes its appearance every once an a while.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Taheshea : Thanks for commenting and for the link.

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      Taheshea 9 years ago

      Great article. I have one up to for Moms.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Julie-Anne: I loved your article on leather care and couldn't stop myself from adding a link to it. It is exactly what I was needing. Thanks :)

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      Julie-Ann Amos 9 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Nice hub - have linked it from mine on leather care!

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      shakeel 9 years ago

      It is very nice good work

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Write on: You are right!

      Zsuzsy: It is always nice to "see" you around here. Thanks for the comment.

      Desert blondie: I love Angelina's dress it is fantastic

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      desert blondie 9 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Angelina pushed leather much higher on fashion scale with that dress...and oh how I wish I had the figure for leather pants! Happy to see Leather a 'must have' for this fall...and not just on one's bag and shoes!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Princessa! Awesome hub about my favorite... Leather. I have never given up on it even when it wasn't quite 'in'. I'm really glad it's coming back in style.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Write On! 9 years ago from United States

      Every woman should have a few classic pieces in her wardrobe that are made of leather. There is nothing more wonderful!

      Write On!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Brainstormer: I hope you didn't take it personally when I said that leather has been "the domain of aging bikers" LOL I am sure you look quite georgeous in your leathers.

      BTW I was laughing out loud with your "wife, dog and vibrator hub" it is excellent!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Violet: Me too I love the touch of soft leather, I have a black leather pencil skirt which is my "treasure" I would not change it for anything. The great thing about leather is that it can be very classy and never really goes out of fashion, it all depends on how you accesorize it.

      compu-smart: how did I forget to mention the smell of leather!!! It is one sexy smells that wakes up the senses! Thanks for mentioning it.

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

      Mmm, leather is so sexy and smells so good too!!

      Nice work Princessa;)

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      VioletSun 9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Aaah, the memories. I used to have a black and a red leather skirt that was soft to the touch and lasted for years. Another favorite of mine was soft suede tan pants.  I enjoyed reading your hub because you are keeping me up to date with what is happening in the fashion world. Now that I live in a rural town, far away from NYC, I am not up to speed with the fashion trends, but through sis,  I catch on. There are fashions such as leather, that I can't wear  here as its not practical, but when I travel which is at least twice a year, I indulge a little. :)  

      Nice hub!