#Howtostyleit: leather

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Real or faux, there’s something exceptionally cool and luxurious about leather. It’s basically tough-girl material for those who want to add a dash of grunge, rock or that femme fatale flair into their wardrobe. One thing to bear in mind: it doesn’t necessarily have to be in black; bright or muted colours work too! So if you’re ready to take your basics up a notch with this badass fabric, here are 7 leather essentials you’ll need (bonus: they’re tropical weather-friendly).

Biker Jacket
This one’s worth investing in! Besides keeping you warm at night or in chilly places, it exudes an effortless biker chic appeal that’s trendy all year round. Keep an eye out for strategically-placed zippers and gold accents that don’t go overboard. Optional: you can also get a leather vest for daytime-appropriate layering.

Sheath dress
Instead of a form-fitting frock, keep it cool in a sleeveless, straight-cut silhouette that’s less likely to cling onto every inch of your body when it gets a little hot. Plus points: it’s so easy to throw on and conceals extra lumps and bumps for days you feel bloated.

Pencil skirt
Good news, ladies. This 9-to-5 basic can now be taken out of the office. Replace your regular cotton or poly-blend material by upgrading it to leather and then pair up with a slinky cami for post-work drinks or a plain tee for off-duty days.

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Trousers
Another biker chic must-have: leather pants. Not just reserved for special occasions, it’s pretty easy to make it work from day to night. To dress it up, team it with a blouse-blazer combo or matching moto jacket; and to dress down, simply wear it with a casual graphic tee or a plaid shirt.

Shorts
Here’s a super-wearable option to substitute your typical daisy dukes. While shorter hems tend to look intentionally relaxed, slipping into one made of leather will help tone down the casual factor and up the rugged attitude.

Handbag
Most arm candies that have a certain (read: higher) level of quality and craftsmanship are meticulously made from leather. Lots of vigorous steps and countless inspections are involved to maintain and preserve its longevity. Hence, a leather bag is your best bet but don’t be afraid of expanding your colour palette!

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Boots
From combat versions to classic Chelsea variants or dainty booties, you can complete your cool-girl aesthetics by dipping your toes into any of those leather shoe options – just find the right cut, height and colour that matches your style and you’re good to go!