How To Wear Leather In Summer Weather In 13 Easy Outfits

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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.

Two-Button Calf Leather Blazer

$897

Helmut Lang

Short Sleeves

Pair a short-sleeve leather top with summery pieces like printed cycling shorts and a girlish sun hat.

Saxonne Leather T-Shirt

$450

Equipment

A Flirty Frock

Shoulder cut-outs and a soft blush hue keep a vegan leather dress feeling summer-appropriate.

Shreya Faux Leather Dress

$645

Nanushka

Suiting Separates

Tailored leather shorts can be a power player in your summer work wardrobe. Add a matching leather blazer for a fully polished look.

Tailored Leather Shorts

$415

Federica Tosi

Bright Pants

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A bold-colored leather pant feels suited to summer's bright, splashy mood, while a sheer blouse helps keep things cool in the heat.

Regular Fit Leather Trousers

$2,410

Prada

A Cool Mini-Dress

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A puff-sleeve leather mini-dress and combat boots strike the perfect balance of feminine and tough.

Lamb Leather Mini Dress

$620

Ganni

Cropped Trousers

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.

Avery Cropped Leather Flared Pants

$458

STAND

A Bold Midi Skirt

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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.

Tissue Leather Asymmetric Drape Skirt

$1,195

Tibi

Exotic Skins

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Take the opportunity to play into both the snakeskin and leather trend with a python-print leather mini.

Snake-Print Leather Mini Skirt

$445

Maje

Longline Shorts

A crop top and long leather trouser shorts with statement heels is the perfect going-out ensemble for summer nights.

The PLT Shorts

$651

Markoo

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.

Dallas Smooth Leather Jacket

$978

Veda

Bright White Accents

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Whether it's a shirt, shirtdress, or any style in between, incorporating elements of bright white is the seasonable way to wear leather.

Leather Shirt

$1,590

Proenza Schouler

A Sleek Vest

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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.

Sleeveless Leather Top

$730

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