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How To Wear Leather The Olivia Culpo Way


Olivia Culpo knows the makings of a winning street-style ensemble, pulling off even the boldest of pieces with ease. What's more, she never fails to offer up some sort of style lesson in the process. The model has already proved the power of a red shoe, found the ultimate winter-to-spring cropped turtleneck, and now, she's demonstrated exactly how to wear leather this season — and you're going to want to follow her lead ASAP.

Almost all of Culpo's latest outfits have incorporated some buttery, leather element. From a more subtle approach to a super-bold one, The Zoe Report breaks down three Olivia Culpo-approved ways to wear leather in 2019, below.

Leather Accessories

Leather isn't always the easiest to wear, but Culpo found the most foolproof way to incorporate the grungy material into your outfits: accessories. On Feb. 11, she was photographed outside of the Alice + Olivia show, sporting billowy, purple pants and a coordinating turtleneck.

Culpo broke up the monochrome getup (and added a touch of cool-girl charm) with a pair of Saint Laurent leather boots and a Dior Saddle bag that she carried in hand. Although simple, the addition of the buttery, black accoutrements makes such a difference.

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Blue Collection Leather Boots



Add edge to every ensemble with these snakeskin-embossed booties from Zara. Juxtapose textures by pairing the tall boots with a lacy, little white dress, or simply tuck your favorite skinnies into them for a no-effort way to wear leather.

Cherry Leather Ankle Boots



Add grungy edge to all of your winter looks with these black leather ankle boots. They're simple enough to wear with everything in your wardrobe, but the angular heel and pointed-toe front add on-trend detailing.

Square Toe Stiletto Sock Boots


& Other Stories

Swap your pointed boots for a pair with a retro, square toe. These booties from & Other Stories are über comfy, thanks to the sock-like silhouette, while the angled heel adds a dramatic, trend-forward detail.

Elevated Leather Jacket

Trade in your boxy leather jacket for one with a longer, more streamlined silhouette, much like Culpo did on Feb. 13. Here, the model was seen out and about during New York Fashion week, donning quite the complex getup — but the one piece you won't be able to get off your mind? Her light-brown, longline leather coat with side slits and large, front pockets. It's simple and polished, but still manages to add a rugged touch to her look.

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Belted Leather Coat


Brunello Cucinelli

This perfectly tailored coat is the 2019 way to wear leather — and Culpo is wholeheartedly on board. Layer it over a zebra-print bodysuit, a prairie blouse, or a sleek button-down. Bonus: It doubles as a dress, too, ensuring more bang for your buck.

Black Vegan Leather Trench Coat


Pixie Market

This leather trench coat feels slightly more grungy than Culpo's, but it's more refined than your average moto jacket. Use it to infuse all your looks with a tinge of '90s cool, à la Kendall Jenner, Kaia Gerber, and Kourtney Karadashian.

Lambskin Leather Coat



This coat's clean-lined, sleek silhouette makes it the ideal, versatile top layer. Plus, the collarless design elevates it all the more.

Leather Dress

On Feb. 12, the model was snapped at the Stuart Weitzman party in New York City wearing what is easily one of her boldest leather looks of 2019. Her getup consisted of a light-beige leather dress, which she teamed with brown-hued accessories, including a pair of Stuart Weitzman pumps, a Gabriela Hearst handbag, and a belt. By sticking to just a few tones (read: beige and brown), Culpo ensured the all-leather look still felt streamlined.

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Khaki Green Leather Wrap Dress


The Frankie Shop

This green leather dress is a work of art. The wrap silhouette lends a softer vibe to the otherwise grungy fabric, while the button-down front adds a hint of refinement. Pair it with crisp white booties and oversized gold hoops.

Studio Tie Waist Faux Leather Dress



Meet the leather dress you can wear in the office and out on the town. Style this faux-leather frock with sleek pumps for a day of work meetings. Then, slip into studded heels for a nighttime look that's sure to shine.

Taurus Vegan Leather Maxi Dress



Nanushka is the brand everyone should have on their radar. This dress, plucked from the label's Cruise '19 collection, draws inspiration from photographs of Georgia O'Keeffe traveling through Glen Canyon, Utah in the '60s.

Buttoned Leather Dress



This Mango leather dress feels rugged but charming at the same time. Layer it over a leopard-print turtleneck or go with a billowy, white blouse for a more feminine flair. One dress, countless ways to style it — it's worth buying ASAP.