How to Wear Faux Leather (Without Looking Like a Biker)

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I have delusions of edginess. I think I’m way cooler than I actually am and love all things studded, spiked, and faux leather. To put things in perspective, my very first concert back in junior high was Backstreet Boys and I haven’t really gotten any cooler since then (they’re coming to Phoenix in September and I really wish I was going). Consequently, when I wear a studded leather vest I feel a bit like an impostor.

I’ve made my peace. Wear what makes you feel good, right?

I currently own 3 faux leather pieces—a vest I picked up from Forever 21 a couple years ago, a pair of leather leggings from OASAP, and a blazer with leather sleeves and shoulders from H&M clearance (both recent). They can be a little tricky to style but I’m slowly figuring it out!

Here are some of my fav ways to style my faux leather pieces:

  • How to wear faux leather 1 of 10
    How to Wear Faux Leather

    Not that there's anything wrong with bikers.

  • Leather Leggings | Casual 2 of 10
    Leather Leggings Casual

    When I first got these I struggled a bit. Finally, I said to myself, "Kayla. Just pretend they're jeans." It simplifies things. Add a slouchy tee, sneaks, and a cap and you're ready for a day of preschool carpool. With style!

    Tee | Jude Landry

    Leggings | OASAP

    Shoes | Adidas (via Marshalls)

    Watch | Michael Kors

  • Leather Leggings | Summer 3 of 10
    Leggings Summer

    Leather, real or fake, is definitely a cold weather staple, so it's a little harder for me to style for warmer weather. A super light-weight sleeveless top and strappy sandals help cool things down.

    Top | Marshall's + DIY

    Leggings | OASAP

    Sandals | Charlotte Russe

    Bangles | Charming Charlie

    Cuff | Ara Nicole

  • Leather Leggings | Date Night 4 of 10
    Leather Leggings Date Night

    These leggings are a leeeetle bit tight (understatement) so I prefer to pair them with looser tops. A boxy tee with metallic detail does the trick for date night. (Bonus: plenty of room to eat a big dinner!)

    Top | JC Penney

    Leggings | OASAP

    Necklace | American Eagle

  • Leather Vest | Casual 5 of 10
    Vest Casual

    I am a vest evangelist, out to convert the world to the way of The Vest. They add a little extra awesomeness to any outfit. A studded number like this adds edge even if you're just staying home working on the computer and mopping the floor (ahem).

    Vest | Forever 21

    Tee | Target

    Pants | AG Jeans

    Sandals | Target

    Watch | Michael Kors

  • Leather Vest | Cozy 6 of 10
    Vest Cozy

    It may not have sleeves but this vest is actually ridiculously warm. Paired with a henley and some moccs it will carry me right through fall and into our mild Arizona winters.

    Vest | Forever 21

    Skirt | DownEast Basics

    Moccs | Payless

  • Leather Vest | Date Night 7 of 10
    Vest Date Night

    I'm not a real floral person, it's often too sweet for me, but if you throw on a leather vest? I'm game.

    Dress | DownEast Basics

    Vest | Forever 21

    Bangles | Charming Charlie

    Shoes | Steve Madden (via Last Chance)

  • Leather Blazer | My Fav Dress 8 of 10
    Blazer Dress

    If my house was burning down and I could only save one thing from my closet, it would probably be this dress. A few years ago I very patiently waited for it to go on sale and managed to snag the last one in my size at 75% off. It's lightweight, flattering to my shape, and I can wear it pregnant, nursing, or none of the above. It's my sartorial soul mate. Unfortunately, the pattern looks a little dated. A leather blazer updates the look and adds a little bit of cool factor. Spiked flats help too!

    Dress | Dillards

    Blazer | H&M

    Shoes | Sam Edelman (via Last Chance)

  • Leather Blazer | Casual 9 of 10
    Blazer Casual

    I remember the first time I saw a blazer with jeans and a tee. For some reason it felt EARTH SHATTERING to me. Now it's one of my fav ways to style a blazer.

    Blazer | H&M

    Tee | Hanes

    Jeans | AG Jeans

    Sneaks | Adidas

  • Leather Blazer | Date Night 10 of 10
    Blazer Office

    I don't really have to go to business meetings (ever), but if I did! I might wear this. In the meantime, it works just fine for dates with my husband.

    Blazer | H&M

    Tee | Rock & Republic for Kohls

    Skirt | ASOS

    Booties | Charlotte Russe

    Watch | Michael Kors

Read more of Kayla’s writing at Freckles in April.

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