A black leather jacket is a seasonless wardrobe staple. We throw it over sundresses after the sunsets during the summer and over everything when the seasons change. Lately, the leather craze has extended way beyond the classic piece in everyone’s closet. First came leather leggings, then leather pencil skirts and shells and now, there’s colored leather.
It sounds tacky and frankly, if you’re not careful, you’ll look like a 1970s glam rocker (hopefully minus the big hair). To help you keep your classy image while adding some trendy edge this fall, I turned to Ann Taylor style expert Emily Evans, who showed me how you can rock colored leather for a big night out, casual day of running errands and yes, even work.
A big night on the town can be dangerous – and not just because of your love for martinis. When you want to incorporate colored leather into your outfit, it can be tempting to go for something bright and bold. Scale back a bit and turn heads for the right reasons by opting for riding boots in a rich dark caramel. “Pair with a flattering dress and statement accessories, such as a feminine necklace and crossbody bag and go,” Evans said.
“To curate an office-appropriate leather look, pick one piece to highlight,” Evans said. Evans loves a pencil skirt, one of Ann Taylor’s Fall Icons, in a cherry brown shade for fall. Tuck in a white blouse and put on a blazer for an easy transition to the cool fall weather. Complete the look with ankle strap heels.
While Running Errands
When you’re bopping around from store to store with a trip to the post office in between (why can’t boxes full of birthday gifts for your nephew be e-mailed, too?), the last thing you want to do is sacrifice style for comfort. Evans adores the spruce green hue, zipper detailing and stand collar on this statement colored moto jacket from Ann Taylor. A neutral-colored tunic (“perfect for layering,” Evans said) and leather booties will have you looking effortlessly chic as you cross things off your to-do list.