Leather is a luxurious, luscious material known for its rich visual appeal, durability and flexibility. Leather is created by tanning animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. Leather can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry.
While leather is used for vast amounts of clothing items (shoes, hats, jackets, pants, skirts, dresses, belts and gloves) one piece leather dresses create a look and feel to the wearer that is rich, chic, hip and trendy.
A dress is a one piece garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice. In Western culture, dresses are most often worn by women. Although dresses are one piece garments, the hemlines of dresses vary depending on the whims of fashion and the modesty or personal taste of the wearer.
For a dress that is dazzling and always a hit, go for the lovely leather look.
Leather Fun Fact: Today, most real leather (not synthetic leather materials) is made of cattle skin, but many exceptions exist. Lamb and deerskin are used for soft leather in more expensive apparel. Deer and elk skin are widely used in work gloves and shoes. Pig skin, buffalo, goat, alligator, snake, ostrich, kangaroo, ox and yak skins are also used to make leather.
Leather dresses provide an ultra-chic look while adding oomph and pizzazz to your overall appearance. There is something about leather garments that add a bit of sass and spice to your overall fashion ensemble. A true mix of naughty and nice.
Popular Types of Leather for Clothing:
- Full-Grain: Leather that hasn’t been sanded, buffed or snuffed to remove imperfections on the surface of the hide.
- Top-Grain: Leather of the second highest quality. The ‘split’ layer has been separated away, making the leather thinner and more pliable than full-grain.
- Corrected-Grain: Any leather that has an artificial grain applied to its surface.
- Split: Leather created from the fibrous part of the hide left once the top-grain of the rawhide has been separated from the hide.
- Buckskin or Brained Leather: A tanning process that uses animal brains or other fatty materials to alter the leather. The result? A supple, suede-like hide.
- Patent Leather (My Favorite Type of Leather!): Leather that has been given a high-gloss finish. The final look? Shimmery and shiny!
Dress dramatic and dynamic in luxurious leather dresses!
Leather dresses look daring and dressy in all colors of preference. The most popular color for leather clothing is black, but all colors work well, from bright bold blues to roaring reds to whimsical whites!
Stepping out for a fabulous night? Dress in leather for a look that is tucked, trendy and tight!
Leather Fun Fact: Leather can be oiled to improve its water resistance. This currying process after tanning supplements the natural oils remaining in the leather itself, which can be washed out through repeated exposure to water. Russia leather was an important international trade good for centuries. Frequent oiling of leather, with mink oil, neatsfoot oil, or a similar material, keeps the leather supple and improves its lifespan dramatically.
Sidebar: I remember in high school I bought the most beautiful pair of burgundy leather knee high boots that I would keep oiled to protect the leather. Ah, I still remember those gorgeous boots. However, they didn’t last forever, so, new leather boots arrived. The dilemmas of fashion divas!
Be a black leather bombshell beauty!
Dress Fun Fact: In the 1860s, the length of fashionable dresses stemmed between ankle length and floor sweeping. Around 1915, hemlines for daytime dresses left the floor. Since the 1970s, no one dress length has dominated fashion for long, with both short and ankle length styles often appearing side-by-side in fashion magazines, runway shows and catalogs.
Leather Fun Fact: You’ve probably heard of tanning leather. Tanning is a process that stabilizes the protein of the rawhide or skin for it doesn’t putrefy, making the leather suitable for a wide variety of end applications. The main difference between raw and tanned hides is that rawhides dry out to form a hard, inflexible material, while tanned material dries to a flexible form.
In true fashion form, dressing in all leather works in all types of weather (as with all rules of fashion: it’s the look that counts, not your comfort in the elements)!
Preparatory Stages Used for Tanning Leather:
Leather Fun Fact: When making leather, crusting is a process that thins, retans and lubricates the leather. Crusting often includes a coloring operation. Chemicals added during crusting must be fixed in place. Crusting culminates with a drying and softening operation.
There’s no denying: when dressed in leather you’ll be stepping and styling!
“You look ravishing and cool dressed in tight black leather.”
“I’m on my way to the theater. If you care to join me we can go together.”
“My polyester clothing can never compete with your tough leather duds.”
“Then we’ll sit in separate rows. I’ll toss you some milk duds.”
“I have a better idea. Let’s go to the store and buy me some leather too.”
“Very well. Then we’ll enjoy the theater more because I’ll sit next to you!”
Take a fashion stand! Leather is quite grand! You wear your leather well!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846