By Bobbie Thomas
Just in time for cooler weather, we're talking leather! Our TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas talks about the trend and how to wear it your way.Leather's softer side
Leather is back in a big way, from Jessica Chastain's recent statement-making Jason Wu blue frock on Fashion's Night Out to TODAY's own Hoda Kotb, who recently rocked a chic, raspberry-colored leather dress from Nanette Lepore. What's exciting about this season is the rainbow of options available.
No longer just in black 'biker babe' styles, stores are stocked with ladylike leather pieces in warmer hues of burgundy, brown, teal and blush. A great leather or faux leather pencil skirt in one of these softer shades takes the edge off the material's notorious 'bad gal' reputation, making it more sophisticated, and even appropriate for work (faux leather skirt $69.90, TheLimited.com).The perfect fit
Sometimes women find themselves discouraged when they slip into leather, since the textile doesn’t naturally stretch and often has a boxy appearance. Instead, look for leather items with panels that stretch to fit your form.
Also, don't disregard pleather! The infamous fabric has come a long way in recent years; not only is it animal friendly, but it can also be lightweight, look great and provide a bit of 'give' to better fit your body (jumper with faux leather front $59.90, Zara.com).A timeless textile
Think leather is just for those in their 'trendy twenties?' Think again! You can wear leather at any age; in fact, leather trim or accents can elevate 'young' and casual pieces, like t-shirts, into something that feels modern and elegant.
And of course, a little leather jacket is a classic that never goes out of style. Just remember that less can be more; let the leather be the focal point and keep the rest of the ensemble simple and sleek (faux leather panel dress $64.95, NYandCompany.com).Comfy and casual
Last but not least, you may have passed by leather-detail leggings in stores but dismissed them as too trendy or a one-time wear. But the truth is these designs can be more versatile than you might think. The pairing of casual cotton and luxe leather means you can dress them up with a blouse or tunic, or dress them down with a tee or tank.
They're also more affordable (and easier to pull on!) than that pair of leather pants you may have hiding in the closet from decades past. So consider trying on a pair this fall — you may be pleasantly surprised (leather effect leggings $44.99, Mango.com).