Have ya heard, Mamas? Leather is huge this season. Whether you rock it in small doses, or go hardcore-hot-Mama in leather jackets/pants...without a doubt, leather makes an impact. Leather can make even the meekest Mama look like a badass.
Think of leather as our version of a superhero cape. DA DAH DAHN!
Scared? Don't be. I'm the world's biggest wardrobe wimp (if it's uncomfortable in the slightest, I'm not interested) and have a couple of leather styling tricks up my sleeve.
Leather + Preppy
Those nerdy button-downs hanging in your closet? Pair them with a faux-leather bottom to make your outfit infinetely more interesting. I'm wearing faux-leather shorts from Forever 21...but waxed denim jeans or faux-leather leggings would also work.
(wearing: on me - Forever 21 faux-leather shorts similar here, Banana Republic button-down similar here, Clarks Heath Wren booties in taupe...on R - All Saints sweatshirt gone, but this one is cool, Toobydoo NY striped polo, 77kids cord shorts, skull TOMS )
Or...try throwing a leather jacket* on over plaid flannel shirt. It's stealthily sexy, you bad girl, you.
*I can't wear leather jackets. I inexplicably look ridiculous. (Exception: That one butter-soft taupe number that retailed for $1200. Sooo....yeah, no.) But I have it on good authority from a number of Mamas that leather jackets are shockingly kid-friendly. Apparently they easily wipe clean? Nice.
Leather + Cozy Pieces
Throw on your waxed denim with a big, cozy sweater. Wear with short boots, tall boots...even snow boots. Really, you can't go wrong.
(wearing: Abby skinny jeans in leather-coated black c/o Liverpool Jean Company, J.Crew Tissue Tee in navy stripe, Goddis Ethan Boyfriend Cardigan in Carbon c/o Goddis Knitwear, Lands End Duck Boots now discontinued, try LL bean boots)
Ok. I need to talk outfit deets for a sec. Liverpool Jeans Company sent me the Abby skinny jeans in leather-coated black. They are notable because they are insanely comfortable (a very soft coated jean with lots of stretch), have a decent rise, and retail for only $80. In terms of waxed denim...that's a crazy good price.
HOWEVER. They're too big. Just slightly, just in the bum and through the thigh. And I'm wearing their smallest possible size (I'm typically a 25/26, and tried their 2P)...soooo, yeah. Disappointing. However, Mol looks crazy-hot in hers, and we'll be doing a full review shortly. (pssst....they also come in this gold color which would be gorgeous at holiday parties with a fuzzy cream sweater. For Mamas who are size 26 or up.)
But I'm wearing them anyway. I kinda love the combination of faux-leather and a mom-friendly mid-rise. Makes babywearing badass.
The picture of hardcore. (If you ignore the cutsy gloves, fuzzy socks, and Pax's bedhead.)
But the other reason I LOVE waxed denim in general? Because despite its hardcore look, you can still move. For example, I would NEVER have been able to do this in my original pair of Real Leather Pants From The GAP, Circa 2000 (RIP):
Heck, I could barely sit in those bad boys.
And sitting is good
But I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "S, Where did you get that fabulous sweater???" I know, I know. Mamas, I'm feeling very spoiled. Goddis Knitwear was kind enough to send it to me. Gratis!! So if you are counting, then YES. I am wearing TWO gifted items in one outfit. I feel like a real fashion blogger or something. BONAFIDE. Next up? Nerd glasses. Promise.
But back to the sweater: It's Goddis' Ethan Sweater in carbon, and is currently on sale. I haven't stopped wearing it since it arrived. Goddis knits are pricey, but they are the definition of interesting sweaters. Also, they're having a pretty terrific sale. AND AND AND...we have a coupon code! For an additional 15% off your total purchase, use aintnomomjeans at check out. I love this one for nursing and post-partum pooch-hiding, this one for pregnancy and beyond and look at this gorgeousness. Honestly, any of these sweaters would be fab with these perfect faux-leather leggings.
(Also, am I crazy for loving these? Because I am. Loving them, I mean.)
Mamas, how are you wearing your faux-leather pieces? I typically like to give three styling options...but to be honest, I haven't strayed past these two. Also....is anyone out there rocking actual leather? Can you confirm the kid-friendliness of the leather jacket?