My daughter Lizzy says that my closet smells like leather. I guess it does, but there could be worse smells coming from a closet, right? Investing in good (faux) leather pieces for your wardrobe will mean that you can bring them out year after year for a chic and edgy look. (My fave!)
Even with being over 50 and not as skinny as I was in the past, there are lots of faux and real leather options for my demographic. In fact, I don’t think there is an age when you should stop wearing leather. Leather shorts are debatable though. But, if you have the legs, go for it!
Leather Weather: Leather Looks for Fall
Fall is a transitional season where sometimes we’re wearing shorts and sometimes wearing chunky sweaters. Sometimes both at the same time! Which is why I love the look of leather! A leather cropped pant (I don’t do shorts any time of year) and a sleeveless top or bodysuit are staples for the season.
This year, I am loving faux leather culottes! I can’t believe I’m even saying the world “culotte”, because it’s such an “uncool” name. But, some of the leather culottes I’m loving look great with a short-sleeved blouse, sleeveless turtleneck, or bodysuit. As the weather looks colder, wearing them with a chunkier sweater and knee boots look great.
If you feel like you’re too short for wearing culottes, leather (or faux leather) leggings with a blazer or oversized sweater can be worn to a business meeting or out to dinner.
Leather skirts and dresses are chic seasonless trends to own too. They look great worn with a strappy sandal when warm enough, a knee boot or bootie when colder, or a cute sneaker when you want to downplay your look to be more casual.
Black leather pants are always a good investment. So many great looser trouser styles right now, instead of the skin-tight leather pants look, which in alignment with the less structured “Work From Home” looks. I have a pair of comfy Spanx leather looking leggings that look great with a chunky tread boot and an oversized sweater.
How To Care For Your Leather
I love faux leather for a number of reasons. It’s less expensive than real leather, you haven’t harmed any animals and many of them are washable. Some of my favorite “faux” fall leather looks are really just waxed denim. With waxed denim, you should not wash too often and when you do, turn them inside out. Folding them and storing them in your freezer with a freezer-safe bag will disinfect and keep the “wax” looking leather-like.
Leather, on the other hand, cannot be washed and when purchasing you need to go down 1-2 sizes because they stretch out. The best way to store your leather clothing is by folding with tissue paper and not hanging because of the stretching out and the possibility of discoloration.
Fall is a great time to invest in leather pieces. Many of them will be wearing well into spring with the right top and footwear. Faux leather has gotten so real looking and easier to maintain, that I prefer it over real leather these days.
The perfect in-between season staples