The Many Options of Leather (& Faux)

Feeling the need to cajole myself away from constant denim wearing, I’ve been looking at leather (and faux leather) and how it can be worked into your wardrobe…

I’ve had this pair of Mango faux belt-tie leather trousers for a while now, but really haven’t worn them enough. Which is silly as they offer an eye-catching smart alternative to jeans and this particular style is very comfortable on the waist.

I’ve never managed to find a pair of leather skinnies or straight legs that suit or fit me well and have resigned myself to the fact that a loose fit style is the only way I can wear them!

However, there’s more than one way to wear leather and especially right now there’s a load of options – from shirts and blazers (already regretting not adding this Nanushka blazer to the edit as well!) to shorts, long sleeved tops and bomber jackets in both real and faux leather. So keep on reading…

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I thought I’d start with the Gestuz leather shorts (available from Studio B) I spied this week, as they’re probably the most exciting (for me at least!) leather piece here! They’re the perfect combination of elegant and cool, and I think I’d be quite thrilled to wear something so different! I wasn’t sure what would work shoewise –  and I’ve seen these styled really nicely with ankle boots (chunky platform or with a heel I think would work best) – but then I remembered the quite awesome long style sole tracker boots from Zara online just now and thought they would work perfectly!

The faux ‘vegan’ leather Nanushka bomber is super cute! I think that this is a more wearable, neater style than the short puffer they did last season (I bought this but in the end sold it on as even in the XS just found that it overwhelmed me with the huge collar!). This smaller collar and overall less volume of this bomber looks perfect.

The Laura Jackson collab with Label/Mix is selling like hotcakes and the first drop of jumpers have sold out online (but are available in London’s Oxford Street Next store for a limited time). However this multi-colour mix is new online and fully in stock, so you can get it before it goes!

Pilgrim jewellery have some super chunky chains and bracelets at very affordable prices at the moment with new chain styles being released currently. I love this statement bracelet for just £24.99. Which would look perfect on the wrist with the minu croc-effect Complét bag handle too. Complét prices come in under the £500 mark which is just what I like !

i. Gestuz leather shorts ii.  Naunushka faux leather bomber iii. Pilgrim bracelet

iv. Laura Jackson x Label Mix jumper v. Zara boots vi. Complét handbag


I think a black leather shirt (this one is faux & Topshop) is probably one of the most useful versatile pieces in this edit. A good layer under a capacious winter coat and perfect for transitioning into warmer months. I would size up to get an oversized fit.

Love the mix of black leather with white and leopard – the cotton slub top is Boden (love these type of tops for the spring & summer months) and I was thrilled to see that these H&M leopard skinnies are back online (I bought my pair last year, just £14.99 and legging style comfy on the waist even though it’s high).

These neutrals (cos’ leopard IS a neutral these days, right?) are a good base for the bold colourway of these Vejas plus a very exciting looking handbag from Ganni. And I’m evolving my plain chunky chain obsession into ones with coins or pendants attached (see next outfit). This one is by Laura Lombardi who is part of Net-a-Porter’s Net Sustain collection.

i. Topshop faux leather shirt ii. Boden top iii. H&M skinnies iv. Ganni bag

v. Laura Lombardi necklace vi. Veja trainers

And here we are with looser fit (faux) leather trousers, these ones are also Mango, very similar to the ones I’m wearing but no belt tie. I’m loving this thin-belted take on the cardi by H&M (and the grape colour too!) and all you’d need is it white vest to go with. Obviously H&M basics would be the place to go for this, but if you want something higher quality I would recommend American Vintage vests – I have two in a very fine cotton and they are absolute keepers as well as looking great.

I’ve been completely taken by this puffy tote from Arket – it’s just looks like it would be so comfy & cuddly to carry! And as promised another chunky chain with a coin, this one is from By Alona. And of course what outfit would not be finished off perfectly with the Grenson Nanettes?

i. Mango faux leather trousers ii. H&M cardigan iii. By Alona necklace iv. American Vintage vest top 

v. Arket bag vi. Grenson boots


I thought I’d pop up a picture of the leopard skinnies because I’ve found myself reaching for them again and again this week! All they need is a Nanushka tan bomber to complete the look I think! I’m also wearing Grenson Nanettes (the new chunkier style) and old season COS grey top.