The fall collections were a veritable homage to leather. If you're like the tFS staff, you've coveted a chic, structured jacket since February and can't wait to show off your newest wardrobe addition. But structured can be tricky, we know. What's the best way to style a modern twist on an old classic? And how does it fit in with what you already have in your closet? We've got all your answers right here in a slick slideshow that explains what works and what doesn't.
Key Piece: Structured Leather Jacket
Leather is huge this season. While you likely have a classic standby, it's understandable that you'd fall in love with something structured and edgy. This Theysken's Theory jacket is perfect for day-to-night dressing. Wear it to work, wear it when the office gets chilly and then wear it out for happy hour. But what should you wear it with?
$995 at Theory.
Knit Shift Dress
This little Asos number is to die. Notice how the pattern on the shift is flattering and modern, keeping the outfit feeling fresh and upscale for fall. Take a cue, and pair something neutral with texture or pattern to create a focal point. The slim line of the dress will keep everything sleek.
$27.25 at ASOS.
This is an amazing example of a Do and a Don't mixed together, at least for your key piece. The chiffon fabric will add a feminine touch to such a structured jacket and easily form to your body along with the jacket's shape. But the nipped in waist of your topper will not mix well with the matching belt tied around your hips. Ditch it altogether or move it up to your waist to keep the shape simple and well defined.
$248 at Nordstrom.
Add Layers: Simple, Long Tank
Never underestimate the power of simple layers. For a jacket like this, when you want to go for separates, you have to let its structure be the star. That means you should wear something underneath that is a contrasting, loose fit and should hit just a couple of inches below the hem of the jacket. Avoid asymmetrical hems here, otherwise you risk looking messy.
$9.80 at Forever 21.
Add Layers: Leggings
Simple leggings like this are the perfect bottom for a casual weekend jaunt. Mixing upscale, structured with low-key casual has always been a chic staple. If you're really daring, change out the leggings for black opaque tights.
$5.80 at Forever 21.
Shoe Style: Suede The Day
Here's the deal, you want to look high fashion, not biker chick. A leather shoe paired with a statement leather jacket can just be too much. Instead, opt for suede. Its less-assuming texture will blend in perfectly. A pump, a pair of boots, or a pair of flats will all be better off in suede. Just remember, simple and sleek is the idea. No slouchy or scrunchy kicks, please.
$110 at Lord & Taylor.
Accessorize With Caution
When it comes to jewelry, a cocktail ring that adds color is perfect if you go with solid clothing. A solid gold or silver ring is going to pair better with patterned threads. A statement necklace will work too, as long as you keep the rest uber simple. For casual daywear, your favorite watch and a pair of stud earrings are all you need.
$49.95 at HSN.
Extra Tips: A Note On Pants
Because of the hip detail and length of the jacket, banded pants (those with a waistband and belt loops) can be tricky. You can go with a high-waisted pair that are slim against your hips or you can go low-waisted, as long as there isn't a gap between the hem of the coat and the top of your trousers.
$76.97 at Piperlime.
Extra Tips: To Scarf or Not To Scarf
A lightweight scarf is appropriate when the jacket is left open. But you'd just look silly zipping up and tucking one in cravat style or leaving it out a la chunky knit winter style.
$425 at Saks Fifth Avenue.