Cotton, linen, and silk are all standard fixtures in any summer-ready wardrobe. Leather and suede, on the other hand, probably don’t come to mind when you’re getting dressed on a hot, humid day — but that doesn’t mean you should disregard these pieces entirely. Don’t get stuck thinking only of the heavyweight hides you wore through the winter. Leather of a lighter variety has been a key trend for spring, and you can expect it to continue well into the coming season. When it comes to how exactly to wear leather in the summer, a few updates and some strategic styling will make it better suited to the rising temperatures.
Certain pieces will always have a place in your outfit rotation, no matter the time of year. A simple leather jacket, for instance, is as essential now as ever. An elegant blazer style can be worn to the office to help elevate a plain shift dress or suiting separates, while a classic moto is perfect when you’re wearing a light camisole or slip dress on a cool night and want that just-enough extra layer. Beyond these seasonless staples, look for leather in summer-friendly forms. In other words, less coverage and lighter colors. The latest collections feature sleeveless and short-sleeved tops and dresses, as well as leg-baring miniskirts and trouser shorts that help keep things airy and comfortable. Sunny brights and soft pastel hues also work since they won't absorb heat like classic black. Ahead, shop some of the coolest leather pieces for your warm-weather wardrobe, and discover chic ways to wear them in the months ahead.
A Modern Blazer
For the minimalist, a boxy leather blazer is the perfect extra layer to wear with a a simple fitted white dress and barely there heeled sandals.
Pair a short-sleeve leather top with summery pieces like printed cycling shorts and a girlish sun hat.
A Flirty Frock
Shoulder cut-outs and a soft blush hue keep a vegan leather dress feeling summer-appropriate.
Tailored leather shorts can be a power player in your summer work wardrobe. Add a matching leather blazer for a fully polished look.
A bold-colored leather pant feels suited to summer's bright, splashy mood, while a sheer blouse helps keep things cool in the heat.
A Cool Mini-Dress
A puff-sleeve leather mini-dress and combat boots strike the perfect balance of feminine and tough.
Basic cropped leather pants can work for summer, just keep everything else simple. A sleek tank and classic ballet flats help transform the trousers for warm-weather wear.
A Bold Midi Skirt
A flowy silhouette and bright, playful hue make a leather skirt a suitable choice even as the temps begin to rise. Add in a graphic tee for a casual combination.
Take the opportunity to play into both the snakeskin and leather trend with a python-print leather mini.
A crop top and long leather trouser shorts with statement heels is the perfect going-out ensemble for summer nights.
A Classic Moto
No leather list would be complete without a classic moto jacket. Throw it on over a slinky slipdress this summer for the perfect outer layer.
Bright White Accents
Whether it's a shirt, shirtdress, or any style in between, incorporating elements of bright white is the seasonable way to wear leather.
A Sleek Vest
A sleeveless leather tunic or vest is just enough to add a little edge to your outfit, without weighing you down with too much bulk.