This post provides outfit ideas how to wear leather in spring and summer for work and play without looking out of place. Get inspired and learn the tricks to look your best in the hide also in the warm season.
- Leather Isn’t Just for Mid-Latitude Winter
- How to Wear Leather in Spring and Summer
- Wear Leather Pieces in Light Colors on Warm Summer Days
- Summer Outfit Ideas with Leather
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Leather Isn’t Just for Mid-Latitude Winter
Leather provides great protection against wind. In mid-latitudes, wind is nearly always in the mix when it comes to winter weather. No wonder that it’s a Euro Chic winter favorite at least as long as the temperatures remain above the freezing point. My red leather jacket, I had in middle school, was my goto an entire winter long.
Last winter I wore my brown pair of leather dress pants on a day with -10F (-23.3oC). While there is normally hardly any wind in the Interior, it was a day with some snow blow. Alaskans fear wind more than 40 below.
One of my Alaska-born students said that the pants would be too cold for the weather. I agreed that leather has a low insulation factor, but that there are leggings and long-Johns. Staying warm is just an underwear issue. I wore the leather over them just for protection against the wind.
How to Wear Leather Clothes in Spring and Summer
This type of clothing is versatile to style and you can look posh in leather over 40 with these stylist’s secrets.
Shells and tops are made for summer. Thus, wear a T-shirt or tank top underneath when it isn’t lined. You don’t want to get leftovers of the dye on your skin when you sweat.
When you buy a pair, go for a wider cut – read not like skinnies. And go for a pair with a lining. I made the mistake as a 20 something to buy a pair of black biker shorts in suede without lining. After wearing them on a hot summer day, my legs looked like I am wearing distressed bikers for several days. You can imagine how happy I was when the dye finally was completely off!
Leather Is Perfect for Dry, Cloudy, Windy Days in the Warm Season
Other leather items like jackets, skirts, dresses, pants or coats are best worn on windy, cloudy days. Since rain is not great for your leather gear, use a trench coat instead of a leather coat or jacket when rain is in the forecast. And yes, you can wear leather-on-leather even in summer (see photo with suede skirt and metallic coat).
Wear Leather Pieces in Light Colors on Warm Summer Days
When you want to wear a leather skirt, dress or pair of pants even on hot summer days, go for pieces in a light color with lining. My white leather skirt is one of my summer favorites ever since I bought it years ago. The best part: In contrast to a white denim skirt, it is easier to keep clean. I recently saw a similar one at LeatherCoatsEtc.
Summer Outfit Ideas with Leather
Here some further leather spring/summer outfit ideas for inspiration.
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