Leather Is Spring's Most Surprising (But Wearable) Trend

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Leather for spring? Yes, you read that right. Though seasonally unexpected, the slick material was all over the SS19 runways in a host of forms: real and faux; one-pieces, separates and outerwear; and in a range of colours.
Long associated with pop culture's favourite rebels (James Dean and Joan Jett included), leather is the material of the cool kids – think Kate Moss in skintight leather trousers at Glasto circa 2007.
In 2019, designers are reimagining how to wear the wardrobe mainstay. Perhaps Balenciaga's slick, Matrix-inspired looks are your vibe? Or Bottega Veneta's full-on '80s sportswear (complete with new must-have item, leather Bermuda shorts)? At Burberry, creative director Riccardo Tisci stuck to the brand's heritage roots, offering leather iterations of ladylike A-line skirts and classic trench coats, while Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Acne Studios and Fendi lightened things up, sending leather looks in bright yellows, mint greens and warm neutrals down the runway.
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Cult brand Nanushka (maker of last season's much-coveted faux-leather Penelope dress) continues to offer the best vegan alternatives, such as button-up shirts and buttery soft wrap dresses.
The high street has plenty of affordable options, too. We suggest Kitri, Warehouse, Topshop and Mango for the best selection of faux and real leather dresses, trousers, skirts and outerwear. Try adding one statement piece to your spring wardrobe to update your look or if you're feeling brave, go for leather on leather.
Read on to discover our favourite leather pieces...
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This Warehouse dress ticks off a number of SS19 trends. Leather? Check. Cowboy dressing? Double check.
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Swap out your tired denim bootcut jeans for Acne Studios' orange leather pair.
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Throw this leather shirt over a white tee and jeans for an easy weekend look that all your favourite Instagrammers are sporting.
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Warm shades of brown, tan and nude were all over the runways this season.
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Scared of adding leather to your wardrobe? Pick a colourful, structured piece like this Fendi A-line skirt. Wear with a blouse and mules in the office, and a T-shirt and trainers at the weekend.
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You heard it here first: the button-down leather shirt is one of spring's must-have pieces. Slimmer than your trusty biker jacket, it's perfect for layering – over a polo neck, tucked into high-waisted jeans, or loose over a denim mini skirt.
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Cast aside your dominatrix preconceptions. Nanushka offers the very best tailored, vegan dresses.
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Leather jumpsuit. Doesn't sound like it should work, does it? However, Kitri proves that it totally does (and in vegan leather, no less).
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Brighten up your wardrobe with spring's warmest colour trend: marigold.
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This sleek bonded coat will elevate any spring look.
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& Other Stories offers the perfect spring staple: a leather midi skirt. The gorgeous buttery yellow is a bonus.
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This cropped, wide-legged silhouette is super flattering.
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Ganni is our go-to for the best dresses, and this leather puffed-sleeve mini is no exception.
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