With leather, less is more. Stick to just one piece and experiment with garments that mix leather with other materials. For instance, a jacket or dress with leather panels is a great way to get your feet wet if you’re not yet confident about pulling off this edgy look. Again, fit is crucial, so steer clear of leather pants unless you find a pair that fits you like a glove like Demi Moore’s. If you’re going with leather shorts, make sure they’re not too baggy and wear dark tights to soften the look.
Keep up with the Kardashians with their sporty-meets-sleek leather-trimmed vest, which can be layered over a striped tee and worn with skinny jeans and tall boots. Kardashians by bebe leather trim hoodie vest ($149, bebe.com)
Fashion rebels can winterize their leather shorts with a blousy top and knee-high wool tights paired with platform booties. Add a bit of Alexa Chung’s tomboyish charm by wearing a peacoat on top. Side Car faux leather shorts ($98, shopnastygal.com)
The vertical faux leather panel of this dress draws the eye up and down, elongating the body. Plus, the belted waist and cap sleeves add the illusion of curves. Score! BCBGMaxAzria faux leather and ponte knit dress ($228, bloomingdales.com)
Erin Donnelly is a London-based fashion writer for FashionEtc.com and Refinery29.com.