The Leather Guide

My go-to fabric

Get the look: Celine sunglasses, Karen Millen leather dress, Atterley jacket, Larsson & Jennings watch, H&M trainers. Karen Millen suede jacket, MiH tee, Studio Nicholson culottes, Jimmy Choo heels. MiH tee, Karen Millen leather skirt, Frame denim jacket and Mode Collective heels.

I’ve long since had a thing for leather. It’s slick, strong and a just a little bit sexy. But most of all whenever you put it on you just feel like a boss. The only catch is that sometimes is not the easiest fabric to slot into your every day rotation. How to wear a black leather jacket may be obvious. But how do you go about wearing a leather dress during the day? Or pull on a fitted leather skirt and still feel casual?

So I’ve taken a few of my favourite Karen Millen leather pieces (who are killing it in the leather stakes FYI) for a spin on the streets of Paris and have come up with a few tips to help you maximize your leather wearing potential.

The leather dress

By day you want to tone down the sexiness as much as you can (leave the saucy stuff till nightfall). Opt for crisp white trainers to balance out the fitted silhouette and tie a jacket around your waist to give the illusion of layering.

The suede biker jacket

The black leather jacket is timeless, however it’s time to mix things up a little and opt for a suede jacket in a fresh new hue. Navy, tan, olive or rust; a coloured leather jacket is pretty much the easiest way to update any look.

The leather pencil skirt

A leather skirt has the amazing transformative power to lengthen legs and show off that butt, so there’s no harm in keeping the rest of the look pretty casual. And there’s nothing more casual than a simple, slightly over-sized white tee. Finish off the look with a denim jacket tied around the waist for an even more relaxed vibe.

Created in collaboration with Karen Millen
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