Warm-Weather Leather

Kelly Wearstler Skirt
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Warm-Weather Leather

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WARM-WEATHER LEATHER

Clothes We Love, Spring 2013
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WHY WE LOVE IT

Now that designers are treating leather as if it were fabric—dyeing it in punchy colors, cutting it into feminine shapes, and draping it in novel ways—the supple skin has taken on a whole new versatility. Paper-thin hides, as well as hidden slits and clever perforations, keep you feeling (and looking) cool.

HOW TO WEAR IT
Choose an unexpected shape like high-waist pants, a trenchcoat, or shorts in a flirty hue, a nude, or a shiny metallic. Steer clear of anything with tough details like studs, laced-up sides, or grommets—this is a ladylike vibe. Pair it with delicate silk or lace, or even more leather, and opt for a super-sheer body shaper, such as Spanx's Skinny Britches, to slip on underneath.

Photos: (left to right) Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chanel, Marni

02 of 08

3.1 Phillip Lim Dress

3.1 Phillip Lim Dress
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Sheepskin, $1,450; 212-334-1160.

03 of 08

Blackwell Shorts

Blackwell Shorts
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Faux-leather, $77; gabbyapplegateclothing.com.

04 of 08

Supertrash Skirt

Blackwell Shorts
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Metallic faux-leather, $130; 212-226-1565.

05 of 08

Chaiken Shirt

Chaiken Shirt
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Leather, $425; chaikenclothing.com for stores.

06 of 08

Diesel Pants

Diesel Pants
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Leather, $758; diesel.com for stores.

07 of 08

Vince Top

Vince Top
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Lambskin, $495; vince.com for stores.

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Kelly Wearstler Skirt

Kelly Wearstler Skirt
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Lambskin, $595; kellywearstler.com for stores.

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