James Dean wore a leather jacket like nobody’s business.  We can’t all look that cool.  And some of us can’t seem to figure out how to wear leather (jackets, pants, or otherwise) without looking like biker chicks.

So if you’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate leather into your day-to-day, look no further.  Leather accents on clothing can add the right amount of edge to softer looks, and hip up your wardrobe without going overboard

If the leather dress isn’t up your alley, the Christina Leather-Accent Dress by Diane von Furstenberg pairs a patchwork of leather and silk. It’s just the right amount of naughty and nice.

Elie Tahari takes a more feminine approach with the Callie dress.  This dress has subtle leather trim and a softer fall color palate.

This Olive and Oak Leatherette Tee is almost outfits your top in full leather garb but leaves soft knit accents on the sleeves. It’s also animal friendly. Faux is sometimes the best way to go.

If you can’t pull off the whole hog (no motorcycle required) motorcycle jacket, Rebecca Minkoff RTW Fall 2011 had a great alternative. The designers Linda jacket blends khaki with lambskin leather for the best of prep and rocker chic. 

Aiko makes a beautiful and sporty Hack B Knit Sweater with a small leather accent at the boat neckline.

The Mackage Eloise Chic Coat is part military, part French sophisticate, with the smallest leather detailing on the sleeves.

-Arianna Schioldager

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