22 August, 2022 Smooth Operator Once the official uniform of rebels, outsiders and cult fashion devotees, leather has assumed a chicer wardrobe status in recent years

Enduring icons knew the power of a statement leather piece – from Marianne Faithful in Girl on a Motorcycle to Olivia Newton-John in her career-defining turn in Grease – but contemporary takes on the classic textile have reinvigorated the obsession for novices and veterans alike.
Below, a curation of our new season statement leather favourites. From classic trousers to button-down minis and structured blazers, these are the ultimate wardrobe staples for tapping into your inner cool.







Our love affair with leather pants is one for the books. No other wardrobe piece offers such a specific blend of ‘pulled together’ and ‘effortless chic’. To avoid a legging look, opt for straight leg silhouettes with high waistlines such as Staud’s Chisel Vegan Leather Pant or Esse Studios’ Classico Leather Trouser, both evoking an elongated figure. For the minimal minded? Err on the side of monochrome and pair with a similarly hued tank or tee. Any maximalists among us? Go all out and consider styling with a matching jacket. Speaking of …





In the realm of fashion mainstays, the leather jacket is truly incomparable, but this season offers a new take on the motorcycle style. Clean lines and structured tailoring make Staud’s Maden Vegan Leather Blazer a trans-seasonal essential. Crafted from supple vegan leather and cut for an oversized fit, the Maden works over pants, jumpers, shirting or lightweight dresses.






Not the usual style your mind conjures when you think of leather, but this season is all about extending beyond the conventional. A leather mini, such as our favourite Lynn Vegan Leather Shirt Dress by Staud, is both tailored yet personable. The sleeves balance out the hemline, while central buttons allow for individual styling. Throw on your favourite pair of boots, a pair of earrings, and you’re ready to go.






Flip all leather conventions on their head and opt for something brighter this season. White leather subverts the textile’s age-old toughness, for a more feminine take on the statement trend. New to the hue? Start with Agolde’s Recycled Leather Lyle pant in Lace – its 90s-adjacent cut fits like your favourite pair of jeans, while the white palette offers endless styling options, from silk shirting to ribbed tanks and strappy sandals.


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