The Lady in Leather and a Crop Top in Reality

Fashion, Reality, Style

This outfit is a little edgier than yesterday’s version. I love pairing navy and black together. A lot of people would never dare mix the two, but I think it creates a chicness only attainable by these two colors. The oxblood bag is on trend and works well with the navy and black, and if you don’t like the grey coat it can easily be swapped out for black to create a sleeker look.

Lady in Leather and  Crop Top in Reality

BARDOT top $73 / MARC BY MARC JACOBS skirt $248 / WALLIS coat $83 / MANGO bag $100 ALDO boots $98 / COLE HAAN gloves $49

I know, I know…the skirt is expensive, but it was on sale from $500. Sometimes it’s worth it to invest, especially if you see a staple piece by a designer that you love on sale. Take this skirt for example. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but it’s a quality piece that will last forever and can add some luxury to your closet. (Here’s a little secret of mine: if you wear cheap things next to expensive things, everything looks expensive…as long as the cheap things aren’t tacky.)

If you do decide to splurge, here are 5 things to remember when sale shopping for designer pieces:

1. Buy neutrals (It’s a guarantee that they will match with most things in your closet.)

2. Buy classic shapes (So that your investments don’t go out of style.)

3. Buy for many settings (To make the investment worthwhile.)

4. Make sure you really love it (So that you will wear it a lot.)

5. Enjoy your splurge! (Don’t go home and worry about the money you spent…revel in your new purchase!)

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Leather Leggings with a Peplum on Top + Mixing Prints

Fashion, Luxury, Runway, Style

Pantone, the “world-renowned authority on color,” has recently named emerald the color of 2013. I’m not quite sure I buy into the idea of there being an authority on color, but I do know that the color of this Prabal Gurung peplum top is gorgeous. I would call it more of a forest, but it definitely falls into the emerald category. I paired it with oxblood leather leggings to stay on trend, and a vintage tweed Chanel jacket to stay classy and timeless. The Casio watch, Ray-Ban wayfarers and Alexander Wang leopard print bag add a modern edge to keep the ensemble looking chic. Finish the look with winter white point-toe wedges and you are ready for a warmish winter day.

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PRABAL GURUNG top / PAIGE DENIM leggings / VINTAGE CHANEL jacket / H&M heels / ALEXANDER WANG bag / SVPPLY earrings / CASIO watch / RAY-BAN sunglasses

Mixing patterns, like tweed and leopard print, is also very trendy right now. It’s being done from the red carpet to the runway, and even on the street:

Mixing Patters

Kerry Washington (one of my style crushes) wore this amazing Peter Pilotto dress to a Django Unchained premier and actually won best-dressed on E!’s Fashion Police.

Philip Oh of StreetPeeper.com took the middle shot of a casual, yet wonderful, mixing of patterns in New York City. (Note the leopard print: some say this is the neutral of patterns.)

Erdem‘s Spring 2013 RTW collection featured the mixing of many colors and patterns, and though this wasn’t my favorite look from the collection, it definitely makes a statement. I love how he chopped up the anatomical parts of a woman’s body with the mixing of patterns. But if you want to see my favorite look from the collection, here it is:

ERDEM Spring 2013 RTW

On trend and unwearable by almost every woman everywhere, but oh so stunning. The beadwork and transparency are so hot right now. I love the contrast of such a bland color as grey with the bright pink beadwork. Just amazing.

In the Lapis of Luxury

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Blue may be the hardest color to find in nature, but this season’s runways told a different story. The rich hue is a current favorite of fashionistas worldwide and is easy to work into your wardrobe. It’s more versatile than it appears, especially with the color blocking trend still going strong. Some of my favorite colors to pair it with are black, maroon or oxblood (another color of the season), deep, rich greens (think forest or even emerald if you’re feeling bold), mustard, and tan.

In the Lapis of Luxury

1. AIKO sweater / 2. STELLA MCCARTNEY blazer /  3. A.L.C. top / 4. NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD booties / 5. SOPHIE HULME tote / 6. PROENZA SCHOULER clutch / 7. GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI booties / 8. VERSACE leather skirt / 9. CURRENT/ELLIOT velvet jeans / 10. DSQUARED2 dress / 11. JOSEPH pants

This isn’t only a trend for the rich and the super rich. It’s an accessible way to pervade your wardrobe with the trendiest clothes of the season. More affordable pieces are soon to come.

Elle Magazine Loves Leather Too!

Fashion, Style

Back in August I posted about how much I love leather, and also wrote about how it can be done on a budget.  I just came across this Elle.com article about how hot leather is on the red carpets and fall runways.

I love all three of the celebrity looks that Elle chose to show:

Photo: Getty Images

Blake Lively in Gucci

Zoe Saldana in Valentino

Elizabeth Banks in J.Mendel

Just be careful because leather can look costumey when not done properly.  Some say AnnaLynne McCord looked amazing at the Shutter Island premier, but I think the neck was a little too much.

I’m really feeling the wide leg, but I just don’t like this neckline in leather…she looks like a super-chic dominatrix.

Leather in Reality

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Most leather is on the expensive side, but here are some examples of some less pricey garments:

1. ASOS Premium Zip Back Leather Crop Top on sale for $48

2. Free People Leather Cap Sleeve Dress $348

3. Gryphon Leather Shorts $156 at TheOutnet.com

4. Sara Berman Cropped Leather Pants $200 at TheOutnet.com

5. Free People Vegan Leather Pleated Skirt $148

6. ASOS Sleeveless Leather Biker Jacket on sale for $77

7. Ann Taylor Leather Quilted Jacket $378

When buying leather, try to think of it as an investment. Try to buy items in classic shapes so that your leather will withstand changing trends.
And yes…when you’re wearing leather you do look like a badass.  Embrace it!