April 13, 2015

Inspiration Hunting: Styling Leather in Spring/Summer

We've had a few false starts to spring in Hong Kong, but I venture that we can now safely say that spring is here! Time to pack up those winter coats and boots, and bring out cute floral dresses and sandals :).

I've had a few mould problems with my beloved Forever 21 leather handbag… Anyway, long story short: after treating it and isolating it in a bag with paper and dehumidifiers, I’m thinking that leather and Hong Kong humidity aren't best friends. All the same, I’d still like to use my bag. That got me thinking about styling leather during spring/summer. (Psst! Online shopping site ZALORA has recently launched a leather collection, so get your leather fix there, and enjoy HKD 100 off your first purchase when you subscribe to their newsletter!) The hot and humid weather may be impractical to wear your leather jacket regularly, but there are ways you can incorporate leather in your outfit for that extra luxe look. Here are some of my favourites:

One way to amp it up for spring and summer is to go for bright colours, like this neon Proenza Schouler Leather Perforated Mini Skirt. (via Barneys)

Pair leather with softer fabrics such as chiffon or tulle for a lighter yet luxurious look, like this alternative wedding dress. (via Paper & Lace)

Use it to create definition to an otherwise simple dress. Panels, collars, cuffs, elbow patches – the possibilities are endless! I can feel a DIY coming... (via ZALORA)

Here’s another example of leather used to create some extra definition at the waist band, which brings to mind an obi belt, albeit slimmer. (via ZALORA)

If full booties are too hot for spring/summer, get an exposed pair, peep toes, or with cutouts. Those heels are wicked btw! (via Style Me Grasie)

Lastly, if you can’t part with your leather jacket, go sleeveless and don a vest instead! (via Pinterest)

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