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What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks the best leather looks for effortless style this season

What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks the best leather looks for effortless style this season

  • Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice to embrace the leather look trend
  • She suggests trying tonal dressing – wearing the same shade from head to toe
  • British style editor reveals a selection of retailers currently stocking the trend


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ETHICAL WARDROBE

I’ve been eating a lot less meat in the past year – it’s good for my health, wallet and the planet. But now I’ve decided that if I keep dead animals out of the kitchen, I shouldn’t add them to my wardrobe either.

LUXURIOUS LOOK FOR LESS

I’m not alone – the popularity of faux leather is growing fast. It’s worth remembering that leather-look pieces aren’t necessarily great for the planet — it’s plastic, after all — but for me, ethically, it’s still preferable to real animal skin. Even the most affordable pieces look expensive and luxurious. They have more flexibility than the real deal and, most importantly, are cruelty-free.

Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice for embracing the leather-look trend at every opportunity this season.  Pictured: jersey, £29.50, and skirt, £35, marksandspencer.com;  shoes, £34.99, tkmaxx.com

Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice for embracing the leather-look trend at every opportunity this season. Pictured: jersey, £29.50, and skirt, £35, marksandspencer.com; shoes, £34.99, tkmaxx.com

SEASON STAPLE

The olive green skirt I’m wearing is from Marks & Spencer, whose PU (polyurethane) offering is brilliant this season. The brand has reported that the number of searches for leather-look pieces has increased by more than 400 percent from last year.

GO BOLD

Faux comes into its own in bold colors, not just black. For trousers, opt for a fashionable and flattering flare, such as the burgundy pair from Mango (below); and jackets don’t get much more chic than this caramel-colored belt design from theoutnet.com. Oh, and it’s perfect for handbags and accessories, too.

SHOP THE TREND NOW…

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