Get Inspired: Leather in the Summer
Posted by on July 19, 2012 | 3:03 pm EST

Like oil and water, summer and leather are two things that we’ve been taught never to mix. The idea of slipping into skin-tight leather garments that uncomfortably clung onto our skin with every movement is close to being a wardrobe malfunction. However, in a world where creativity often supersedes practicality, we’ve been given a massive reawakening at how leather can be transformed into a season-less closet piece.

With designers’ decking out their spring/summer collections with stunning and colorful leather pieces from the likes of Derek Lam and Proenza Schouler, the fashion world embraced it in unison. Although style should be instinctual, we’re showing you a slightly methodical way to get you in the mood for a bit of leather dressing this summer.

   Zoe Kravitz attends The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld New York Exhibition

The leather dress. While the little black dress is a perennial wardrobe staple, it doesn’t hurt to put a little grunge in this sophisticated garment by opting for a leather frock. We don’t recommend a neck to hemline leather piece during warm-weather season, but we are all for a touch of toughness. Zoe Kravitz, who is effortlessly sexy in her black-and-white dress, slipped into this glorious summer-friendly leather ensemble. The black leather top against the crisp white skirt afforded a teasingly minimalist look that is both chic and sensual.

 Suki Waterhouse at the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party 2012

The leather jacket. As indispensable as a red lipstick, the leather jacket has become a crucial closet piece for its sheer fundamental capacity to yield an effortless cool-girl vibe. From the women of the red carpet to the urban street-style savants, it is but common to see one or two of them layering their core ensembles with a sleek leather jacket. This summer however, ditch the jet-black pieces for perkier colors like the one Suki Waterhouse is wearing above.

 Zoe Saldana at the 5th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

The leather shorts. Although shorts and summer make for an easy style recipe, the thought of a pair that arrives in leather can be as uncomfortable as running in chap-less pants. The secret to Zoe Saldana’s look however, lies in the shorts’ fit. This summer, one can easily rock a leather pair just as long as you ditch the hot pants-fit and opt for one with a wider leg room. You’ll be thankful for that, as soon as the sun scorches down and the sweat start oozing from your skin.

Photos from PR Photos

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