Linen and leather may not be the most traditional of pairings, but the contrast of weights and textures make for a fantastic, casual spring look.
The trick to pulling it all off is showcasing one item and sticking to mostly basics and classics
for the rest.
Here, I’ve paired a traditional linen blazer with a basic graphic tee, my go-to pairing for spring. On bottom, high-waisted leather shorts increase the cool factor, but maintain an overall tailored aesthetic that keeps everything feeling cohesive.
When sporting a mostly black and white outfit like this, spring’s shockingly bright accessories will breathe life into your look, making the classic shapes at play look fresh and playful.
— Karen Zapp
Leather doesn’t have to be limited to cold weather months; it can be worn in the spring too by playing with proportions and creating a fusion of mixed materials.
Take this leather vest, for example: Paired with a long sleeved shirt or sweater it would have no attributes for spring dressing.
However, paired with a tank and a skirt, the proportions hint toward an ensemble suited for sun. Also, the toughness of the studded leather seems harsh by itself, but when placed with more delicate, lightweight materials such as this linen tank, the juxtaposition creates a cool eclectic vibe.
The same effect could also be achieved by pairing studded leather with linen shorts or pants.
— Missy Pasquale
Although we’ve seen some record high temperatures recently for spring in Northeast Ohio, it’s still just a tad too soon to pack away your leather jacket just yet. Get more use out of an investment in a leather jacket for winter by pairing it with the right outfit to prolong wear into spring.
The thing to remember is that you need to offset the edgy and masculine look of a motorcycle jacket to avoid looking too harsh in spring.
For my look this week, I balanced out the cropped leather coat by working with one of spring’s most popular trends — pastel hues. Wearing bold pops of color balances out the leather and gives the entire ensemble more of a spring vibe.
When done properly, color blocking looks sophisticated and stylish without trying too hard. The leather Sperry boat shoes were just the right touch to pull the leather back into focus and further heighten the casual appeal of the outfit.
PHOTOS BY MATT HAFLEY
Modeled by Paula Simmons
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