Leather may not be the first fabric that comes to mind when you think of warm summer weather, but the leather trend has been huge on runways and with celebs—and they’re making it work this season. Sleeveless tops, minidresses, and itty bitty shorts in all shades of leather are an instant way to add interest to your summer looks. Don’t have a stylist? Let Eva Longoria, Miranda Cosgrove, and Shenae Grimes show you how to match your leather to the weather.
Tip #1: Elevate a warm weather look with shorts in tan leather.
Just because you’re wearing shorts doesn’t mean you have to look sloppy. Eva Longoria heated up the streets of Cannes during the film festival earlier in the summer in a pair of tan leather shorts. She combined the toughness of the leather with a ladylike puff sleeved lace top. Longoria’s sleek hair, aviators, and cream colored pumps completed the attention-grabbing summer look.
1. American Apparel Lace Puff Sleeve Blouse – $46; 2. Romantic Soles Kristie Pump – $62.99; 3. 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Shorts – $300; 4. Forever 21 Crinkle and Cuffed Shorts – $24.50; 5. Ray-Ban Classic Aviator – $145
Tip #2: Rock a leather dress in a summer bright.
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What could be more unexpected than a summer dress in of-the-moment leather? Miranda Cosgrove wore a cobalt blue one with back cut-outs at the Kid’s Choice Awards. Make the look season-appropriate by choosing a dress in a bright summer color and accessorizing with ankle booties and a stack of bangles.
1. Warehouse Pleat Side Leather Dress – 162.39; 2. Free People Pleated Vegan Leather Dress – $198; 3. Urban Code Shift Leather Dress – $83.98; 4. Aldo Hoots High Heel – $74.98; 5. J. Crew Gold Bangle Set – $29.50
Tip #3: Add an edge to florals with a leather top.
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At a screening of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 in NYC, actress Shenae Grimes combined two seasonal trends with her floral pants and leather top. Add an edge to your girly blooms with a black leather t-shirt or sleeveless top. This look would be even hotter with summer’s printed denim shorts.
1. Topshop Co-ord Rose Print Cigarette Trousers – $80; 2. Raoul Leather Split Neck Short Sleeve Top – $233; 3. Witchery Seam Detail Leather Tee – $199.95; 4. Tinley Road Faux Leather Peplum Top – $89; 5. Helium Black Strap Gladiators – $60