It’s that time of year again. Yes, fashion week may be coming up, but this also means that September’s upon us, and summer is officially over. Bummer. But stop your brooding, a new season means a new excuse to buy CLOTHES, and I’ve never had a problem with that. I’m not big on “following trends,” I’m more concerned with staples that I’ll never get tired of; and one of my favorites is the leather jacket. From the simple black one with the smooth finish, to the collarless one, to the vintage bomber, to the blue snakeskin one from fourth grade (seriously, I still have that), the leather jacket is a timeless piece. And what’s even better than a staple, is a staple that can be easily updated to play up your look. This fall, designers have given us even more options on how to make leather a novel idea; so, without further ado, here are 5 ways to update your leather look for fall:5. Metallic Leather Jacket: Feeling a little out of this world? Maybe the basic biker jacket is a bit too terrestrial for you. Try a metallic leather jacket on for size. Rick Owens had an amazing one in his Pre-Fall 2012 collection, but who really has $3,000 to spend on a jacket, right? Instead, try one of these options from Topshop, ASOS, Boohoo and Nasty Gal for a much more affordable price. 4. Vegan Leather Jacket: Animal lover? These days, people are much more conscious of animal rights and are being more responsible with what they wear/where it’s coming from. And for those of you that have struggled for YEARS for a harmless option, Vegan leather is finally mainstream – and even better, it’s finally passable. No more PU nonsense. Check these pieces from Free People, BlankNYC, Piperlime and Urban Outfitters. 3. Paneled Leather Jacket: Let’s face it – leather is neither the warmest, nor the most comfortable material out when it comes to autumn wear (or any time of the year, really). Comfort aside, maybe you’re really indecisive and want to wear leather and denim (or cotton, or boucle, or polyester, etc.) at the same time. Time to try out a paneled leather jacket – get the best of both worlds, and turn a few heads while you’re at it. Pixiemarket, Topshop, Pull and Bear and Nasty Gal can help you out here. 2. Bold Colored Leather Jacket: Okay, so some of you have the balls not to wear black all the time (that’s a memo I haven’t quite gotten yet, whoops). Why stick to the basic color when you can go bold, right? Kevork Kiledjian’s Fall 2012 collection was a perfect (and very unattainable) example of colored leather done well. Give your wallet a break and take a look at these bold pieces from Free People, BB Dakota, Pull and Bear and Warehouse. 1. Quilted Leather Jacket: My number one leather jacket look for fall is the quilted leather jacket. We saw quilted leather a few seasons back, but it wasn’t as big of a hit as it is now. Anything with the accents sewn in is sure to turn heads without being overly radical – the perfect understatement. My favorite quilted leather jackets can be found at ASOS, H&M (Online for the UK only), Romwe and Zara.
Now, with that being said – Happy shopping!