If you're a lady who loves the buttery, luxe feel of leather against your skin (and come on, who isn't?), you're not going to let something as insignificant as the season get in your way of looking chic. Then again, there's nothing worse than the very un-chic sweat that forms upon your brow as you while away the summer hours in your favorite leather layers. Luckily, many designers in their infinite wisdom have answered our (somewhat sticky) call for lighter leather and the pieces that have resulted are almost too good to be true.
New shapes have emerged, boasting cuts that not only work in warmer weather—like shorts, vests, and jumpers—but seem endlessly versatile in their layering capabilities when the frost once again sets in. Cute cutout dresses and tissue-thin tanks get anchored with smart leather accents, and a crocheted leather top channels exotic locales one may (or may not—but who needs to know?) have visited.
If the classic staple of the leather jacket is the hardest to let go of, then try out a cropped version with elbow-length sleeves or splurge on a lightweight, paper-thin option that is sure to last forever. And though leather accessories are pretty much seasonally (and blessedly) universal, give your carryall collection a springy touch-up by adding a punchy hue to the undoubtedly neutral-heavy mix. Cheerful tones in coral or pink will doll up any summer-savvy outfit, or a sunny perforated satchel is the perfect length for those street fairs and concerts surely lined up for every weekend.
2. Proenza Schouler High-Waist Leather Shorts, $1,150
3. Alice + Olivian Inside-Out Tank, $198
4. Alba Dress in Sapphire, $223
5. Prada, $540
7. See by Chloe Punch Line Cross Body Bag, $197.50
8. Gryphon Leather Smocked Dress, $735
10. Rebecca Minkoff Nikki Hobo, $297.50
11. Haute Hippie Crocheted Leather Top, $275
12. Marni, $325
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