As we transition into full on winter mode it’s time for a few cold weather style swaps that are equal parts functional and chic. A massive down jacket might keep you ultra-warm but you have to admit it’s also kind of like committing fashion suicide. The same can be said for a constant repetition of some version of trousers, polo necks and jackets for nearly every social situation from work to parties. While there is nothing wrong with either of the two alternatives from a totally practical stand point, one must admit the approach isn’t one that will appeal to any fashionista.
When it comes to divas we almost always reference Bollywood stars and their style game for all of our fashion moments. But given that most of this brigade lives in Mumbai that barely sees a winter, it would be a fair assumption that when it comes to cold weather ensembles, they might be unlikely candidates for inspiration. However that doesn’t mean we can’t borrow something from their sartorial repertoire. We’re talking about their ingenious incorporation of leather into uber cool looks that can easily translate into winter dressing.
Leather is having quite a moment this season, holding sway over international catwalks and the high street alike. No longer limited to jackets, leather has been fashioned into a variety of silhouettes like never before. Faux leather is becoming an increasingly popular substitute for real leather, as environmentally and morally conscience consumers take a stand against the use of real leather from animal hide. It’s also possible to achieve a myriad of interesting hues in the new fabric that was previously only available in earthy natural tones.
This metamorphosis of leather makes it not only accessible to consumers at lower price points but also makes it a lot more pliable in the hands of designers who want to create different styles of garments. Whether you’re a fashion junkie or a one-statement-piece-per-season kinda gal, this winter make a beeline for something in leather to instantly level up your style game.
You probably have one of these hanging in your closet right now. Or you’re much too sceptical about being able to pull of any other item of leather clothing, which makes a leather jacket a brilliant starting point. A versatile and timeless piece of winter clothing, a leather jacket can be worn over jeans, joggers, skirts, dresses, gowns and anything else you can conjure up. It will give your look an immediate urban chic factor that’s unmatched by any other kind of jacket while also keeping you toasty. If you’re in the market for a new leather jacket consider varying lengths, colour blocks, funky metallic hardware or even quirky prints like our favourite B-town babes.
Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone & Malaika Arora In Leather Jackets
A Rockstar necessity – the leather trouser is the ultimate in IT-girl dressing. Certainly meant strictly for those who have the inherent swag to carry off this bold style statement. As if the leather trouser wasn’t cool enough, Bollywood’s fashionistas have further escalated its edginess by introducing metallic, culotte and jogger versions into the category as well. Don’t be fooled by the extremely grunge-like quality of leather trousers because with the right styling they can easily pass off for a sophisticated night on the town as well. Yet another reason for us to simply love the flexibility of contemporary leather fashions.
Deepika Padukone, Sonam K Ahuja & Alia Bhatt In Leather Trousers
Close on the heels of leather trousers are leather skirts that are available in just as many styles and shapes as their two-legged counterparts. Whether it’s mini, midi or maxi, even if it’s flared, bodycon, draped or pencil, there is a leather skirt out there for every personal aesthetic. There is no reason why you can’t wear a suitable leather skirt to the office and then head out for a night on the town. It’s also just as plausible to dress down a leather skirt for a spot of shopping or a lazy brunch. As with trousers, even though leather skirts are quite the statement piece, they are also equally about the complete ensemble for any given occasion.
Kareena Kapoor Khan & Vaani Kapoor In Leather Skirts
If you’re after bold leather choices then leather dresses and gowns are certainly on the top of the list. Bollywood A-listers have certainly made a case for the head-turning trend at red carpets and public appearances and it’s one that never fails. There is an extreme almost perverse BDSM vibe to leather dresses and gowns that’s unmistakably haute couture blended in with luscious sensuality. Perfect for that hot date when you want them on the edge of their seats and constantly wanting more.
Kangana Ranaut, Kareena Kapoor Khan & Deepika Padukone In Leather Dresses & Gowns
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