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Summer Texture: Black Leather

We’re used to sporting black leather jackets, handbags and shoes, but how about skirts, shorts and dresses? Check out our tips on how to work more leather into your wardrobe, from basic-as-can-be to ultra daring.

A.L.C. ‘Mika’ Stretch Leather Dress | Cacharel Leather Top

Keep it simple. Black leather clothes make a bold statement without a lot of fuss. Pair a leather dress with minimal jewelry, and leather shorts or a skirt with a relaxed T-shirt.

Boy. by Band of Outsiders Skirt | Rachel Zoe ‘Nora’ Leather Vest

Layer with care. Adding a black leather vest is a great way to toughen up feminine summer outfits, like a floral dress. And leather leggings provide the ideal palette for oversized tees and slouchy button-ups.

Complement with color. Think of black leather as a blank slate on which to play with bright colors and prints. Try adding neon accents for an ultra-modern look.

Accessorize. Bags, shoes and even jewelry look chic in black leather. We love Kelly Wearstler’s boho-punk necklace, and this Longchamp backpack is perfect for hot summer days.