Wearing leather is still very popular. Many women over 40 find leather challenging though, as it can seem like a too-young or edgy look. However, there are lots of ways to wear leather and be very chic indeed. And, it’s actually a great idea to add a bit of an edge to your outfits for a more youthful look. Let’s look at some chic leather outfits ways to wear leather with style over 40.
How to wear leather over 40
There are many ways to wear leather over 40 and you don’t always have to go all-out leather from top-to-toe.
Let’ s have a look at ways that leather can enhance your style.
#1 Add leather to make your look a bit edgier
If you don’t want your look to be too girly, leather can be a great way to add a bit of an edge. A bold leather belt or a little skirt can make a statement.
#2 Add leather to make your look more interesting
Playing with different textures in your outfit can make it look more interesting and create eye-catching contrasts. For example you could wear a silk shirt with a leather skirt or combine it with cotton or denim
#3 Add a bit of luxury to your look with leather
A good leather bag or shoes can enhance any outfits. We prefer to choose leather for both shoes and bags as leather items will last you for years!
the best leather pieces in stores now
Before we look at leather outfit ideas, let’s consider the types of leather clothes and accessories you could add to your outfit.
It is very easy to wear leather if you wear it in moderation.
The easiest way to achieve this, is to select garments that have elements of leather in them, like leather trims, such as the leather trims on the coat in the image below. Or choose just one leather item for your outfit.
You could wear leather accessories, like leather gloves. Or, for an unusual take on leather, you could look out for leather jewelry.
Photo by Denton Taylor
Leather skirts outfit ideas
Let’s start with leather skirts. These look good worn casually with a cashmere sweater, or a white shirt.
This season you can wear both the pencil skirts and a-line variations. Both of these look very hip with tight fitting ankle booties but will also look great with high boots. You can make them as chic or edgy as you like.
The COS skirt (below) looks edgy thanks to the zip details, while the Massimo Dutti skirt adds an unusual element as you don’t expect leather to come in a yellow shade. For an on trend element, look out for a fuller skirt.
Abi @stealmystyle40 above wears her leather midi skirt with chic neutrals.
Leather jacket outfits
A leather jacket is a great basic in a fall and winter wardrobe. Great to wear both in and outdoors.
You can dress them up or down and pair them with jeans, wear with your summer dresses, or a nice soft pencil skirt for great contrast.
Choose a moto jacket, a blazer, or a trench coat in leather.
Leather tops create a more edgy look. They look great with fitted pants, 7/8 pants and a-line skirts. Choose in a color that suits you and pair with softer materials to create a chic, edgy and balanced look. Or wear them under a blazer!
Leather pants outfits
We prefer leather pants for women over 40, when they are worn with longer tops, particularly if they are slimline styles.
We also love the new more relaxed style, wide-leg pants. They would look great with sweaters or with a tucked in shirt or blouse.
I would balance your leather pants with a softer and lighter fabric on top.
While you probably won’t want to choose leather shorts during warm months, a pair of leather shorts can look very chic during cooler weather. Opt for a knee length pair and wear with a blazer. If it’s very chilly where you are, you can always wear opaque tights underneath.
Melissa @melissabultburns above wears her shorts with a striped sweater and boots.
leather dress outfits
The leather dress may be the most challenging to pull off over 40. We believe that the key is to select a classic or drapey style that fits your body type. Ideally the dress will come all the way to your knees. A different color than black may make the look a bit softer and more appropriate for most women over 40. However, if you do choose black, you could always add a necklace in a contrasting color.
Adding leather with accessories is of course the easiest option of all.
Combine you outfit with the latest hip shoes, a statement belt, a fabulous leather bag, or even some leather jewelry.
The different ways to wear leather over 40
Now, let’s look at some outfit ideas featuring the leather clothes and accessories above.
With a classic white shirt
If you want to make sure that your leather skirt doesn’t look too “over the top”, then a white shirt is a fabulous contrast to your leather. Wear with your leather skirt or pants.
It’s a great idea to pair your leather with different textures. While leather is tough and edgy, cashmere is soft and tactile, so the two look very chic together.
With a blazer
A blazer elevates any outfit and it’s fantastic to team the edginess of leather with the smartness of a structured blazer.
With feminine, floaty fabrics
If you have lightweight, summery dresses that you tend not to wear when the weather cools down, then adding a leather moto jacket or blazer on top is the perfect way to stay warm and chic.
AllSaints Dalby Slim Cropped Leather Biker Jacket – AllSaints Marta Silk Blend Ronnie Midi Slip Dress – Naturalizer Vera Sandals – Ted Baker London Glitzet Crystal Baguette Clutch – Nashelle Pure Bar Drop Earrings
We’ve already looked at using cashmere as a wonderful contrast to leather, and silk is another lovely option. A silk t-shirt or blouse will look beautiful with leather pants, shorts or a skirt.
ANINE BING Quinn Blazer – COS Pure Mulberry Silk T-Shirt – COS The Embossed Leather Bermuda Shorts – Kate Spade New York Lounge Poodle Loafers – MARC JACOBS The St. Marc Convertible Leather Clutch – Nashelle Pure Bar Drop Earrings
With slim jeans or leggings
If you opt for a leather shirt, it can add width, so create balance by wearing with slimline pants.
With a menswear inspired shirt and accessories
Because, unless you’re thinking about rockstars, leather pants tend to be worn by women, adding menswear-inspired clothes and accessories to your leather can create a stylish, unexpected look. Think about striped shirts and loafers to go with your leather pants or skirt.
worn Casually with a t-shirt and sneakers
A casual take on leather for you now. Wear your leather pants or skirt with a t-shirt and sneakers. If you’re too chilly, you could always add a blazer or cardigan.
ANINE BING Lili Tee AB x To x Rolling Stones Tee – Karen Kane Faux Leather A-Line Midi Skirt – Tory Burch Lady Bug Sneaker – Brahmin Cynthia Croc Embossed Leather Shoulder Bag – Lauren Ralph Lauren Tortoise Circle Cord Pendant Necklace
for a night out look
Leather pants can look super chic for drinks or dinner. Team with a satin or silk blouse, a clutch bag, and heels or embellished flats.
Your leather outfits together in one capsule
Below, you can see the leather outfits from above together in one capsule. You can see you can easily mix and match the different tops and bottoms to create lots of looks.
Do you like to wear leather? Which of these leather outfits is your favorite look?
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Feature image by Julie @stylishparadox
Other photos by Denton Taylor
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