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July 08, 2011  | by: LaDawn Penigar-Mitchell

ASOS Leather Shirt

Formerly associated with rebellion, motorcycles and dominatrices, leather has been updated to a classier look with fresh appeal. While the leather jacket has remained a wardrobe staple for countless seasons, lately designers have been turning more of their attention to leather skirts, shorts and t-shirts, exploring different silhouettes and styles. The finest and softest leather has been crafted by designers to create looks that ooze sophistication and femininity but still maintain that edge, and the leather tee is a perfect example of this ingenious mix.

Celine Spring '11 Runway Show

The leather t-shirt is being touted by designers as the latest basic. The luxe leather tee is supposed to join other leather staples—like the motorcycle jacket and pencil skirt— and prove its staying power from this spring and summer into the coming fall. Besides showing up on the spring/summer runway collections of Celine, Rodarte for Opening Ceremony and Chloe, it has also being seen in various high-street shops (The Row by the Olsen twins had a white leather t-shirt) and online from some high-end retailers. This luxury look can be pricey, and many of the designer pieces span from hundreds of dollars to $1,000 or more. However, ASOS offers some affordable leather-shirts on its website and similar stores are projected to follow.

If you prefer to mix a smaller leather element into your outfit, the leather t-shirt can be a simple way to incorporate it into your look. The leather t-shirt is supposed to give that edge to your ensemble and create a chic biker feel to your style. The main message of the trend is to look chic but minimalist.

ASOS Leather Tee

If you’re going to be bold enough to rock the leather tee, keep the look simple and clean-cut. For the summer, pair the leather t-shirt with flowing skirts made of soft fabrics, a printed pencil skirt or denim jeans. The leather t-shirt can also be teamed with shorts and sexy peep-toe heels or wedges for a modern, polished look. During the fall, the soft, leather tee can make a perfect layering piece. However, don’t go overboard with the layering—it’s supposed to be a statement item—or wear another leather piece in conjunction with the t-shirt.

The leather t-shirt can be a stylish choice for a look that is sophisticated yet daring. You can choose to either go sexy and polished or casually cool. This trend is supposed to be for those rebellious and savvy urbanites who are tired of predictable leather outerwear and want to pair the designer look with contrasting textures, crisp cotton, fluid silks and soft satin for an added luxurious edge. With designer pieces cut from the finest cloth and tailored with refined precision, leather is being elevated from ordinary to elegant, and the leather tee is the perfect choice for the fashionably daring.

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