Pret Reporteur: The Leather Dress Double-Dare

October 1, 2012 • Magazine, Pret Reporteur

There’s one word on fashionistas’ lips this fall season: leather. It’s ALL about the leather details – gloves, jackets, tees, and even denim – can be spotted with a patch of the trendy fabric. It makes sense. There’s no better way to combat the diverse weather dips of autumn than with a fabric that keeps us cozy and warm without threatening to overheat us. Now, since leather is everywhere (seriously, everywhere) how do you stand out? Well, while everyone might be reaching for a sprinkle of leather here and there, I dare you to take the trend to the next level by going for an all-leather dress! That’s right. Search for your inner dominatrix and take the leather dress double-dare.

Need a little inspiration? Check out these hot styles to get you started:

1. Nanette Lapore Stolen Kiss Leather Dress, $789

What is it about caramel that makes it so irresistible? Just the color of this leather frock makes us want it even more! Its square neckline makes it sexy, without revealing too much, and the ruffle-bottom detailing gives it a fun finish.

2, T by Alexander Wang Merlot Mini Dress, $540

This mini dress is a little throwback to the 90’s style (we can totally see Sarah Michelle Geller sporting this look while fighting some blood-sucking vampires!), but its simplistic look is why it’s so sexy! It’s best feature is the criss-cross back detail, which ensures that all eyes will definitely be on you when you leave the room.

3. Monique Lhuillier Swingy Dress, $2790

Some may argue that the all-leather look combined with a smokin’ red hot hue is a total man-repeller. This look is not for the fashion faint-hearted. A powerful dress like this is perfect if you need to make a bold statement, or just looking for a reason to have all eyes on you for the night (no shame in that, ladies!). The contrasting black belt gives you a beyond sexy shape, and its high-collar neckline and longer hem keeps you looking more than classy.

4. Nicole Miller Knit Dress – Leather and Sweater, $420

OK, so perhaps you’re not ready to take on an all-leather dress; that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the trend! A leather-detailed sleeve is the greatest alternative! Nicole Miller’s take on the trend gives the dress a sleek, sophisticated, and still totally edgy finish. Best of all, it’s totally work-appropriate!

5, Parker Bustier Leather Dress, $462

If you thought Parker’s signature dresses couldn’t get any more exciting, you were so wrong! Parker infused a jewel-toned green color (another major fall trend, by the way!) to their infamous bustier dress, and gave it an all-over leather finish. Its pleated, A-line skirt keeps it fun and flirty, but the smoking hot silhouette says “Don’t mess with me!”

6.  Alice + Olivia Black Leather Top Maxi, $595

What is a better way to balance heavy leather fabric than by adding a cascading, sheer maxi skirt? This Alice + Olivia dress has the perfect balance of masculine and feminine, it almost looks effortless! Top off the look with some jewels and chains, and you’re good to go!

– Laurie Espino

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