Monday, November 30, 2009

Leather Up

Leather has been spotted all over the runways, in fashion magazines, and in clothing stores everywhere this season. It's no surprise given the fact that shine and glossy leggings are still very much in style. It also makes sense with all the rock star and grunge styles such as studs, rhinestones, exposed zippers, motorcycle jackets, rock & roll graphics, and ripped denim being in. I love the way leather looks. There's nothing I like more than seeing a great leather jacket or skirt paired with some feminine lace or floral prints. This is the perfect way to look tough yet still sweet. Leather is also a common material used in shoes and handbags. However, I realize that many of us (myself included) do not want to wear real leather for both political and financial reasons. Therefore, I recommend giving faux leather (also known as pleather) a try. Synthetic leather looks just as good as real leather does, is much easier on your wallet, and is animal-friendly. So take a look at my faux leather finds below.

Tiered Leatherette Mini Skirt, $20.00, shown in pewter; also available in black, sizes 0-8,

Military Cap, $$12.00,

Studs Belt, $14.00, available in sizes M and L,

Pleather Skinny Jean, $59.00, available in sizes 1-11,

Distressed Leather Vest, $28.99, available in sizes S-L,

Leather Skinny Pants, $26.99, available in sizes 1-11,

Python Zipper Wallet, $4.99,

Ruched Leather Mini Skirt, $22.99, available in sizes S-L,

Belted Warrior Skirt, $29.00, available in sizes X-Small-Large,

Belted Faux Leather Moto Jacket, $39.50, shown in ivory; also available in black, sizes Small-Large,

Biker Style Vest, $32.80, available in sizes Small-Large,

Pleather Bow Headband, $3.80,

Beaded Pleather Vest, $27.80, available in sizes Small-Large,

Pleather Strip Bib Necklace, $14.80,

Envelope Shoulder Bag, $32.80, shown in blue; also available in black,

Tiger Stripe Flats, $9.50, shown in purple; also available in red. grey, and white, sizes 6-10,

Pleated Clutch, $17.80,

Trooper Lace Up Boots, $29.80, available in sizes 6-8,

Stylish Faux Leather Blazer, $39.80, available in sizes Small-Large,

Accent Pleather Belt, $6.80, shown in grey; also available in black and purple, sizes S/M and M/L,

Marianna Platform Pump, $24.80, shown in black; also available in silver, sizes 6-10,

Leatherette Zip Front Dress, $34.80, available in sizes Small-Large,

Tripp Black Pleather Jacket, $39.00, available in sizes XS-XXL,

Black Bow Driving Gloves, $12.99,

Pink Faux Leather Heart Fingerless Gloves, $12.99,

Abbey Dawn Faux-Leather Crop Jacket, $40.80, available in sizes small-x large,

apt. 9 Stretch Faux-Patent-Leather Belt, $12.00, shown in red; also available in black, sizes S-M and M-L ,

Hello Kitty Pink Faux Leather Watch, $16.49,

SO Black Faux-Leather Watch, $8.49,

Apple Bottoms Jacket Thrilla faux Leather Bomber, $49.99, available in size M and L,

Baby Phat Leggings Faux Leather, $39.99, available in sizes 1-11,

Grass Jacket Faux Leather Bomber, $44.25, available in sizes S-L,

Jolt Jacket Ruffled Pleather, $39.99, available in sizes M-XL,

Jou Jou Jacket Faux Leather Bomber, $44.99, available in sizes S-L,

Rampage Skirt Faux Leather Mini, $27.30, available in sizes S-L,

First Place for Fashion Pin, $14.99,

Winter Solstice Headband, $11.99,

Buck Cherry Wallet, $19.99,

Strap Knee High Boots, $34.99, available in sizes 6-10,

Snake Skin Bolero, $24.99, shown in brown; also available in charcoal grey, sizes S-L,

Studly Cuff, $14.99,

Toasty Floral Ring, $9.99, shown in teal; also available in brown,

Silence & Noise Acid Wash Faux Leather Skirt, $68.00, available in sizes 0-12,

Faux Leather Lace Up, $24.00, shown in white; also available in navy and metallic silver, sizes 6-10,

Crinkled Foldover Boot, $15.00, available in sizes 6-10,

Distressed Braided Hobo, $34.50,

Faux Leather Tube Dress, $15.00, available in sizes M and L,

Sparkle Bow Bootie, $29.50, available in sizes 6-10,

Pleather Skinny Pant, $19.99, shown in taupe; also available in black, sizes 0-15,

Pleather Stud Mini Skirt, $22.50, available in sizes S-L,

To look like a rock star, pair a faux leather skirt or some pleather pants with a rock & roll grapic t-shirt, a faux denim vest, a pair of hoop earrings, a studded bracelet, and over-the-knee boots. You can also try this look with a synthetic leather vest and a destroyed denim skirt. For a grunge-inspired look, wear a fake leather jacket with some ripped jeans, sneakers, and a plaid top underneath. Another grunge inspired look to try out is pairing some faux leather leggings with a plaid shirt dress and sneakers. If you're already planning your Halloween costume for next year, you can wear fingerless synthetic leather gloves with a military jacket, parachute pants, a fedora hat, and exposed zipper boots to go as the late Michael Jackson. For a holiday party, pair a pleather dress with some glitter tights, rhinestone stilletto shoes, chandelier earrings, a bib necklace, a faux pearl bracelet, and a bow headband (article on bow headbands coming soon!). For a boho-chic look, pair an oversized fake leather handbag with a peasant top , a maxi skirt, wedge espadrilles, bangle bracelets, and feather earrings. For a cute fall look, wear a synthetic leather belt with a shirt dress of your choice, some jeggings, a pair of slouch boots, and a cuff bracelet. If you ever want to add a sweet, feminine touch to this tough look, try pairing your pleather with bow necklaces, bows, polka dots, flower accessories, floral prints, butterfly prints, lace, ruffles, and feather prints. Let me know if you have any more suggestions!