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Leather Leggings

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
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Leather leggings are a fabulous hybrid between the flexibility of leggings and firmness of leather. While leather pants tend to intimidate casual dresser because of their heavy wear and “heavy metal” stereotype, leather leggings are a softer way to wear leather bottoms without sacrificing comfort. Plus, leather leggings are incredibly flattering for a myriad of body types; the fabric skims and embraces curves while hiding flaws.

When selecting the correct pair of leather leggings, look for a skinny style that gathers ever so slightly at the ankle when worn without shoes. That way, you can pair leather leggings with a fierce set of stilettos and strike a hot, sophisticated silhouette. Leather leggings are particularly compatible with the Autumn and Winter Seasons, when the light yet warm material shields wearers from chilly winds without adding unflattering bulk. Depending on your body type, leather leggings can be cut with a high or low rise. Leather leggings look best paired with silk tank tops, long and cozy cardigans, and bright ankle booties. 

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Rule #1 of looking legit in leather leggings: you’ve got to leave the leather jacket at home. I know, it’s excruciating, but leather jacket + leather leggings + leather purse (is there any other kind?) + leather boots (ditto) is too much of a great thing. This ensemble is a fabulous example of taking one super strong piece- olive leather leggings- and adding dimension without overdoing it by mixing subtle variations of black & grey. 

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There’s a reason “Off duty model” has become a coveted aesthetic in its own right; professional clothes hangers are experts of tossing together a comfortable, elegant, and on trend ensemble at a moment’s notice. Poor things are bound to learn a trick or two from jet setting about and endless snapshots by street style stalkerazzi. Emulate this master angel by pairing black leggings with a loose T, classic quilted bag, and a nude heel. Black + Beige = Chanel 2015. 

 

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Oxblood is massive right now. The rich, deep reddish-brown is a delicious alternative to basic black or brown for investment pieces that mix well with virtually anything. Using the same technique as our first example, this fashionista pairs colorful leather leggings with a casual T and black leather accessories. 

 

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Lauren Conrad makes leather leggings red carpet ready with ladylike accessories, color blocking, and decadent shades of cream and grey. See how Lauren’s leggings are noticeably scrunched from lower thigh to ankle? Traditionally considered faux pas, scrunching is inevitable, even desirable, for leather leggings. Just make sure to push down your leggings so the scrunching starts no higher than mid-thigh. Conrad takes leather leggings from “off duty model” to “on camera ready” by pairing a crisp white blazer, close toed stilettos, and delicate accessories. 

 

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Blue on blue never looked so cool. Olivia Palermo shows off some epic color combining skills in this expertly textured outfit. Like olive and oxblood, navy is a rich neutral supremely suited for leather leggings. Admire how colorful an outfit composed entirely of neutrals can be! Olivia’s dove grey booties and buttoned up navy coat share a vaguely vintage military vibe, while her loose white T and oversized handbag keep the entire ensemble casual. No matter who you are, scrunched leather leggings, a plain T-shirt, and an oversized handbag are a recipe for success. 

What To Wear for New Year’s Eve: Part 2

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

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It’s fun to get all dressed up for New Year’s Eve, but I’ve never been a dress girl.  To me, dresses are so uncomfortable- I hate feeling like a gust of wind could take control and flip my skirt up, and I especially hate when my legs are cold!  My NYE solution?  Layering a little dress over leather leggings.

 

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When stylehaus received this skimpy metallic dress, I was confused; it didn’t seem to be enough material to be a full dress!  I liked it anyway though, and the futuristic vibes are totally appropriate for New Year’s Eve.  I layered it over skintight leather leggings, and loved the result.  A bedazzled pair of heels added a pop of color- plus, I needed something sparkly for NYE, right?

 

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This dress is still pretty revealing, so I wanted the option of a jacket if I needed one.  This black nylon topper was a really fun contrast with my shiny dress– sporty meets sexy!

 

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This outfit practically begged me to open up a bottle of bubbly.  Veuve is my usual standby, but I couldn’t resist the glow of this amazing Perrier Jouet box.  Yum!

If you want a similar look for NYE, just pop by stylehaus!

 

Cuban Revolution

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Lately my outfit formula has been leather pants + zipped up jacket.  It’s an easy combo that keeps me warm on these chilly 50-degree LA days (sorry, East Coast), and the possibilities for mixing and matching are endless.  The newest addition to my jacket collection is the amaaazing neoprene bomber from Clover Canyon.  It’s part of their Cuba-inspired Resort collection, and I can’t get enough!
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The orange, green, and red color palatte is so warm.  Since I tend to reach for black, silver, and blue- all cool colors- the warm tones in this jacket are a tiny step out of my comfort zone.  To add some more warmth to the look, I ditched my black boots and opted for these chocolate riding boots instead.

 

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The back of this jacket is my favorite part of the outfit though!  The wing detailing is vaguely motorcycle-gang-esque, and the vintage Cuban drawings thrown into the mix add an old-school vibe.  I feel like I’m ready to go racing in this!

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 Since the print on this jacket is so in-your-face, adding blingy statement necklace might have made it feel like there was too much going on.  To add a little glitz without overpowering the print, I unzipped the front of my jacket just a tad to reveal the statement necklace underneath.

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If you’re looking for an easy winter outfit formula, look no further than leather pants + bomber jacket.  Works every time!