Thursday, January 8, 2015

Leather Jackets and Ways to Style them

The leather jacket is one of my favorite, and fortunately for us, it is back in style! The leather jacket is a must-have fashionable piece for every women’s wardrobe.
Fortunately, the trend does not discriminate according to one's budget! There are plenty of fantastic leather (or faux leather) jackets available in every price range. If you are just getting acquainted with the style, I suggest starting with an inexpensive yet luxe looking option; a black quilted version reminiscent of Chanel will work with anything, as will a brown leather jacket with a shearling collar. For a fun twist, try a traditional biker jacket in a daring shade of red.  

Wear your leather jacket with shorts and ankle booties, or with skinny pants and a crop top. Playing with proportions can make you look slimmer. Even better, if you own a cropped jacket to pair with a long tee and leggings. Try different combinations of skirts, cropped pants, and oversized sweaters as one of the ways to wear your leather jacket.

Wear a pretty dress under your leather jacket for a sweet and sultry look. Wearing it over a feminine piece makes it look unexpected, but put together. Pair it with a maxi dress for a chic update to an existing piece, or wear with a short lace dress for the ultimate sexy leather and lace combo.

Adding pieces that have texture like silk scarves, knit dresses, and chunky jewelry are a trendy way to add something extra to your leather. If you want an edgy look, try a cute turban, a studded tee, or layer all of your jewelry! Mixing textures is a beautiful way to make your ensemble look interesting and stylish.

Wearing your favorite LBD with your leather jacket is a win-win! There is nothing more stylish and classic than these two pieces together for an occasion or just for casual happy hour. If you have a different colour leather jacket, please adorn over all black!

Wear with your leather jacket to make it more low key, but still fun and brave. Leopard print, stripes, and florals are also chic and stunning with leather.

One of the hottest trends is leather on leather. Leather pants, skirts, and shorts can definitely be a strong statement in an elegant way. The trick to wearing all leather is to break it up with textures, colour, and proportions. You can also wear this trend in different colour leather, like a wine coloured jacket with black leather leggings.

Leather jackets are timeless and can be worn in three seasons of the year. In spring and autumn you can put a leather jacket over a light blouse or floral dress, while in winter they are great as layering pieces. If you don’t  have one, now it’s the perfect time to buy it. Look at the photos below and maybe you will get inspired to add a leather jacket to your outfit!

Trend watch Contrast Collars and how to wear

The past few seasons have brought a variety of changes to the traditional collar. From removable collars to jeweled collars, 'Contrast Collars' as they are often referred to, have been around for a while now and the high street have gone well and truly mental for them.

The concept is basic: a contrasting collar pops against the colour or print of the rest of the garment. White shirts with black collars are pretty common these days, but now a variety of unique colours and styles are available.

There is no better way to make a collar stand out than make it contrast with your outfit.  It’s a look that can be both classic and ladylike; edgy and quirky (especially if you vary the shape and collar of the collar!)

Whether you prefer lace, jewels, studs or solid colours, there is definitely a collar to suit anyone’s style!

A contrasting collar can make a busy shirt less overwhelming, a plain shirt more interesting, a formal shirt more casual, a casual shirt more formal. It can also brighten up a dark look or give some weight to a light look.

A busy, all-over pattern can be overwhelming, especially right next to your face. A solid- coloured collar creates a strong division between the shirt and your face and helps keep the pattern from being too distracting.

Detachable collars are becoming more and more popular in stores, and are the easiest way to make this look work.

Tip for this trend? Buttoning it all the way to the top keeps the structure of the collar and shows off your stunning new trend.

If a high-collared shirt isn't really your thing, you can get a similar effect with a jacket or blazer with a contrasting collar.

Trending Tropical Prints

I'm crazy about the island-print trend—it's just so fun! The bright patterns and colors let you take a journey without leaving your hometown. But remember, a little goes a long way, so choose one tropical piece and keep everything else simple.

Tropical prints are everywhere this season. Vibrant hues and lush blooms instantly transport you to a style paradise, and this easy, breezy trend works just as well in the boardroom as it does on the beach.

Pattern Play. It's all in the pattern. Look for palm leaves, snakeskin, tie-dye, and tropical birds on everything from gauzy tunics to silk scarves.

Live Color fully. (Pastels included.) In muted shades or rich tones, these are prints that deserve to stand out. Think deep emerald greens and cobalt blues, cherry reds and poppy corals, and splashes of yellow, aqua, and violet. Color-shy? Pair with understated neutrals like olive green, khaki, black, and white. Throw in a metallic bag or sandal, and you're ready for a taste of island life.  

Material Girl. Try combining textures for a chic look. I often stack thin gold bracelets between wooden bangles and love mixing linen, silk, and chambray. Leather accents in a cross body or gladiator sandal will take you from land to shore in an instant. 

You can dress like you're on vacation without even having to leave your house. Whether you opt for a palm tree printed pair of hot pants or a Hawaiian bandeau, you'll definitely look the part of tropical paradise.
Take these prints from day to night with some hip jewelry and hair accessories. Dress like the best day tripper by mixing prints and layering. Do not be afraid to throw a bunch of random prints together to make a crazy outfit... the crazier the better!