Leather gets update in fall 2013 with quilted patterns, shades of color
By Brittany Anas
Once upon a time, leather was shy. It appeared on sexy black boots, sure. We’d spot it on moto jackets, belts and perhaps pants. But the look was pretty uniform: Solid black or brown.
This year, leather is really diversifying itself — popping up on panels of dresses, mixing with other materials like tweed on blazers and coming in an array of colors. We’re going to go ahead and call it: 2013-14 goes down in fashion history as the year of leather. Even faux leather — if you and your wardrobes are vegetarians (or, hey, just on budget) — is looking refined and luxe.
Here are three leather trends that we’re loving this year. We scouted the looks at JC Penney, where you can find some great sales and deals and earn 4 percent Cash Back when you shop with JC Penney.
Leather accents: Admittedly, wearing all leather pants or an all-out leather dress isn’t really practical or comfortable. So, thank you, fashion designers for bringing us the leather accents. We’re seeing touches of leather on everything from skirt pockets to dress panels. This Trulli Ponte Sheath dress has a faux leather insert down the middle. Want to know a secret? The rayon makes this dress more figure friendly as it accentuates your curves. (JC Penney, on sale for $49.99). Want just a touch of leather?
Leather sleeves: One of our favorite outerwear trends this year is mixing leather with other materials — particularly when the sheen appearance of leather is juxtaposed against a more rugged fall fabric such as tweed or wool. This mixed media jacket also plays on the quilted pattern trend with black faux leather sleeves contrasted with an army green wool body. (JC Penney, on sale for $74.99)
Colored leather: This fall, we’re not just seeing black, cognac and taupe. Leather is getting colorful. The key to pulling off this trend is looking for washed out colors that look a little bit worn and vintage. (Think: Maroon, hunter green, indigo types of colors). Want in on the trend? Check out this red Worthington zip-front mixed fabric jacket. Or, try the “smoke” color, which has green and gray undertones.
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