When one thinks of summer, cool, flowy clothing comes to mind rather than thick leathers typically associated with fall and winter. While leather clothing in the summer is not common, that’s not to say it should be ruled completely out of your warm weather sartorial choices. After all, who doesn’t like a little added edge to their outfit via a dash of leather every now and then? The trick to wearing leather in the summer is not going overboard with it (note: leather is a heavy material and will have you sweltering if, for example, you wear a thick leather jacket) and finding pieces that are summer-friendly (bold colors, summery cuts, etc). So, how can one incorporate leather into their summer wardrobe? By taking on minimal leather accents such as leather mini shorts, leather accessories and summery leather skirts in bold designs!
Leather shorts are a surprisingly hip staple for summer 2012. They look fantastic with everything from a loose blouse to an embellished t-shirt and have the power to be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For a pair of leather shorts with a nautical twist, Joe Fresh’s Lace Front Shorts ($69.00) in dark blue do just the trick. These shorts are, well, short, so they won’t have you feeling overheated and their fashion-forward features make them a viable contender for that summer essential you have on repeat. The lace detail in the front of the shorts adds an unexpected flair and makes this piece a little more fun!
Of course, another great way to add a touch of leather to your summer ensemble is through little leather bracelets! Leather bracelets are fantastic for the summer because they give your outfits a summer-camp-meets-rustic-cottage vibe. Right now, we love the Juicy Couture Bow Stud Leather Bracelet on sale for $38.99 at Zappos.com, the Henri Leather Bracelet with Silver Ring available for $80.00 at galleryatlantic.com, and the Orelia Exclusive To ASOS Wrap Leather Bracelet on sale for $14.91 at asos.com. All three of these bracelets are perfect for summer because they come in an array of bright, bold and beautiful colors.
Lastly, a fabulous way to add a touch of leather to your summer wardrobe is through funky leather skirts. Go for a leather skirt in a bright, bold color such as hot pink, aqua blue or lime green— this will keep the skirt summery and fun even though it is still made from a thicker material. Indiefashionmarketplace.com’s Lime Green Leather Mini Skirt ($52.00) is perhaps what summer’s fashionable dreams are made of: perfect for the season, fresh color, electric detailing compliments of an exposed blue zipper in the front, and structured pockets. This style of leather skirt is a must-have for summer!
Adding leather to your summer wardrobe is easy and fun as long as you find the right pieces. Again, as long as you look for items that come in summer-friendly styles, you can’t go wrong with leather mini shorts, leather bracelets or leather skirts. What kind of leather goods to you like to wear in the summer? Post a comment below to let us know!