Five Ways To Wear a Leather Dress

Leather dresses can seem intimidating at first, but with a few simple styling tricks, you'll find they're one of the season's most versatile staples.

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Leather dresses seem intimidating at first, but we're convinced that this tough-girl classic can be the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. For this work-ready ensemble, we layered a butter soft black leather shift dress by Joseph ( $1113 at My Wardrobe. ) over a white-collar shirt by Steven Alan. To keep things cozy, we added a fringed shawl wrap (also by Joseph $245 at La Garconne . ) and a soft tobacco Margiela tote ( $1765 at Net-a-Porter . ). Our favorite pair of lace-up booties by Banana Republic ( $140 . ) pair beautifully with just about everything this season, and for a pop of color, try a luscious red lip like Rouge Volupte by YSL.
This sophisticated ensemble can take you from work to evening with the addition of a shiny metallic clutch by Viktor & Rolf ( $1075 at La Garconne . ) and a hot pair of dangly earrings like these Erickson Beamon stunners ( $550 at Net-a-Porter . ). For the base, try layering a black sheath dress like this one by Juicy Couture ( $1000 at Net-a-Porter . ) over a soft turtleneck, then wrap it up with a draped sweater coat by Alex Wang ( $180 at La Garconne . ).
This must-have faux fur by Proenza Schouler ( $3100 at La Garconne . ) is just the thing to warm up a lady-like leather cocktail dress by Joseph ( $945 at Net-a-Porter . ). Add a bit of glitter with Swarovski-studded pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti ( $995 at Net-a-Porter . ) and neck-grazing earrings by Bijoux ( $405 at Net-a-Porter . )
This school-ready ensemble works around Alberta Ferreti's leather-and-wool blend dress ( $1260 at Net-a-Porter . ), which we layered over a checked "boyfriend" pullover by Steven Alan. A pair of cable-knit knee socks and some feathery flats from Banana Republic ( $110 . ) keep the look casual, and a simple gray tote by Urban Outfitters ( $78. ) has plenty of room for stashing magazines and a laptop.
We worked with our favorite Navajo fringe cardigan by Alice and Olivia ( $396 at Net-a-Porter . ) to get this quirky "weekend" look just right: Joseph's leather sheath dress makes a second appearance, but this time gets dressed down with some clunky Rachel Comey clogs ( $345 at Creatures of Comfort . ) and a lemon-colored satchel from Urban Outfitters. Because of the bold print, we kept accessories simple with a string of sterling silver beads by Bottega Veneta ( $3550 at Net-a-Porter . ).
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