Leather garments look lovely all year round, but we’re getting to the time of year when the weather begs for wearing leather! Autumn and winter weather wonderland!
Leather clothing in fashion looks trendy and stylish, and also provides a degree of warmth to the body. Leather is a durable and flexible material created by the tanning of animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. Leather is produced through manufacturing processes ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry.
One of the most popular leather garments is, of course, the leather jacket!
Leather jackets are considered high end apparel and make a statement without saying a word.
Not into wearing real leather? Synthetic alternatives offer the same great look and comfort without using animal hide. Vegan microfiber, polyurethane materials, pleather, Naugahyde, NuSuede and Hydrolite provide features similar to leather.
Looking lovely in leather!
Look luscious in leather jackets, skirts, shoes, hats, belts, shirts, purses, gloves. Leather is the look I’m thinking of!
Leather Fun Fact: Leather can be oiled to improve its water resistance. This supplements the natural oils remaining in the leather itself, which can be washed out through repeated exposure to water. Frequent oiling of leather, with mink oil, neatsfoot oil, or a similar material keeps the leather supple and improves the lifespan dramatically.
I remember when I bought me a gorgeous pair of knee-high, high-heeled leather boots to tuck my jean legs in. At the time I bought the boots, they gave me a container of leather cleaner/oil, and my boots stayed new looking for years. Finally tossed the boots…in hindsight, I gave my darling boots the boot!
Out with the old, in with the new, I guess.
Leather Fashion Tip: If you only want to wear a hint of leather, that adds coolness and glamour to your ensemble, try leather gloves. Everyone loves leather gloves! Especially your hands – warm, gripping, cozy!
The four main types of leather:
- Full-grain: Hides that haven’t been sanded, buffed, or snuffed to remove imperfections on the surface of the hide. The grain remains, which allows fiber strength and durability. Totally natural leather, baby!
- Top-grain: This is the second highest quality and the most common type of leather used in products. The split layer had been separated away, making it thinner and more pliable than full-grain.
- Corrected-grain: Leather that had had an artificial grain applied to its surface. The imperfections have been corrected and sanded off.
- Split leather: Created from the fibrous part of the hide left once the top-grain of the rawhide has been separated from the hide.
Split Leather Fun Fact: Splits are used to create suede. The strongest suedes are made from grain splits (grain completely removed). Suede is fuzzy on both sides. Suede gives off an elegant appearance, a softer look than leather.
I love me my leather, and as a fashion buff, I also swing for suede. Ah, another blog post!
Leather…it’s just a cut above!
Get the look – the leather look!
If you’re not into wearing leather, or you find leather to be too tough for your girly taste, go all out knock-out in a mix of leather and lace!
Less-common leathers include:
- Patent leather (shiny and bright)!
- Fish leather
- Vachetta leather (think luggage and handbags)!
- Belting leather
- Napa leather
Doesn’t matter the type of weather, you’ll always look magnificent when dressed in leather!
Leather Fun Fact: Bonded leather and bycast leather aren’t true, organic leathers, but the materials contain leather fiber. On labels, they may still be referred to as “Genuine Leather.”
Real Leather Not So Fun Fact: The natural fibers of real leather will break down with the passage of time. Acidic leathers are particularly vulnerable to red rot, which causes powdering of the surface and change in consistency. Damage from red rot is aggravated by high temperatures and relative humidities and is irreversible.
Are you in the market for a clothing article that is modern, durable, fashionable and never goes out of style? Why not try strutting in leather for awhile?
“Excuse me, but you’ve got the look!”
“The London look?”
“The leather look.”
“Ah, glad you noticed!”
“Noticed? I’m hooked.”
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two riveting Natalie North murder mystery novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. She has finished her third Natalie North novel, with a tentative 2015 release date. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her lifelong passion for fashion in her books. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846, twitter @Nancy Mangano and her fashion/style/beauty/book blog http://www.passionforprying.wordpress.com