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The leather edit: Essential pieces for your autumn wardrobe

21 Sep 2023 | |By Luxury London

Add a little toughness to your AW23 wardrobe with this season's finest leather designs

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Once those first leaves fall, the leather jacket resumes service as the sartorial go-to. But why stop there? The change in weather provides licence for leather skirts, trousers and dresses. Select subtle styles in brown and blue, and you could go head-to-toe without looking like a Hells Angel. If you wanted to, that is.

Chloé Small Mony tote bag

Not quite ready to go the whole leather hog just yet? There’s nothing daunting about a classic tote bag – especially when it comes rendered in Chloé’s signature feminine boho style. Finished with a whipstitch trim reminiscent of saddles and cowboy hats, invest now and turn to it for years to come.

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Gabriela Hearst Eda dress

Made in Italy using 100 per cent Dakota lambskin, this buttery soft dress by Gabriela Hearst just gets better with age. Its ankle-grazing, off-the-shoulder silhouette is ideal for early autumn weddings and formal events, simply pair with statement earrings and your favourite sandals.

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Ralph Lauren moto jaclet

If your outerwear wardrobe is very much a case of ‘any colour you like, as long as it’s black’, it might be time to shake things up a little. Rendered in a thoroughly autumnal burgundy, this classic slim-cut moto jacket from Ralph Lauren is made from ‘tumbled’ leather giving it an instantly lived-in-for-years feel.

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Nanushka Camma trousers

Don’t worry, no real snakes were harmed in the making of these trousers. This statement design from Nanushka is made using a faux leather (so ideal for the vegans and vegetarians among us) finished with a classic animal print. Feeling brave? Channel peak Britney and pair with a crop top for pure Y2K style.

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Whistles Jamie leather skirt

Leather – but for the office? Easily done in Whistles’ elegantly cut midi skirt. Its loose A-line silhouette and high-waist are flattering on practically every body type and versatile enough to be paired with a T-shirt and chunky loafers for desk days or heels and a blouse when you need to impress the C-suite.

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Chloé Small Tess bag

Proving to be the perfect contrasting accent to the navy blue canvas body of Chloé’s Tess shoulder bag, sky blue calfskin is an ideal way to introduce a leather element to your look without being too dramatic. Finished with bold metal hardware, pair with jeans, dresses, skirts, tailoring – the options are pretty much endless.

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Stella McCartney faux leather top

Famously averse to any kind of animal product, the R&D department over at Stella McCartney has been hard at work creating some of the best leather alternatives in the business. This top, taken from the designer’s AW23 Horse Power collection, features a draped scarf-effect detail that you’ll swear feels just like the real thing.

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Balmain leather shorts

Winter sun on the horizon? Balmain’s pretty pastel-pink shorts feature a sweet lattice detail perfect for beach bars and sunset cocktails. Plus, you can always pair them with opaque black tights a la Alexa Chung when back in the bitter climes of the UK.

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