Leather in fashion tends to conjure up masculine images, while lace tends to run on the feminine side. However, leather clothing is a widely popular style trend and provides the wearer with a chic, vogue, fashionable look.
Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. Leather can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry.
In fashion, leather items include shoes, hats, jackets, skirts, dresses, vests, pants, belts and gloves. Even leather accessories exist for diehard leather fans.
Typically leather is sold in four forms:
- Full-grain: Hides that haven’t been sanded, buffed or snuffed. The grain remains allowing the fiber strength and durability.
- Top-grain: Has a split layer separated away, making it thinner and more pliable than full-grain. Top-grain is the most common type in high-end leather products.
- Corrected-grain: Any leather that has had an artificial grain applied to its surface. The leather imperfections are corrected or sanded off, and an artificial grain is embossed into the surface and dressed with stain or dyes.
- Split: Split leather is created from the fibrous part of the hide that is left once the top-grain of the rawhide has been separated from the hide.
Other Types of Leather:
- Patent Leather
- Fish Leather
- Vachetta Leather
Black leather: always tough, always tender, always spot on!
Leather Fun Fact: Today most leather is made of cattle skin, but lamb and deerskin are used for soft leather in more expensive apparel. Deer and elkskin are widely used in gloves and shoes. Kangaroo leather is used to make items that must be strong and flexible.
Leather gloves provide warmth and class to hands and arms, providing mounds of elegance and feminine charm!
Leather Fun Fact: For all the animal lovers, many pseudo-leather materials (synthetic – man made) have been developed. In some instances, artificial leather is stronger than real leather when manufactured with strength in mind. Ranges of synthetic polymeric materials provide features rivaling or exceeding those of various types of leather, including vegan microfiber, pleather and Naugahyde.
Luscious and lovely in leather!
Leather Manufacturing Process:
- Preparatory Stages: The hide/skin is prepared for tanning.
- Tanning: This process stabilizes the protein of the raw hide or skin to prevent putrefying.
- Crusting: A process that thins, re-tans and lubricates the leather. This process can also include a coloring operation.
Who knew so much process goes into the making of your fabulous leather clothing?
Leather: Suburb to look at and wearable in all kinds of weather!
Leather garments work well on jackets, pants, skirts and dresses. Whether your preference is wearing full-leather (from head to toe for a tough, edgy look) or a dash of leather (only one garment for a trendy yet more toned down look) leather always gives off a flattering look and vibration.
Leather Fun Fact: Due to leather’s excellent resistance to abrasion and wind, leather found a home in pop culture. Think cowboys in leather chaps and motorcycle riders in leather jackets. Heavy leather jackets protect from road rash and wind blast. They probably protect from road rage too. I sure don’t want to mess with a gang of motorcycle riders clad in lovely leather!
For a look that mixes the allure of leather with the sexiness of fitted-clothing, try a leather pencil skirt and a cute crop top! Stylish and sleek!
Leather Not so Fun Fact: The natural fibers of leather break down with the passage of time. Acidic leathers are particularly vulnerable to red rot, which causes powdering of the surface and a change in consistency. There are treatments that can add handling strength and prevent disintegration of red rotted leather.
“Hello. I’m shopping for a leather skirt that will not rot.”
“Will a pseudo leather interest you or not?”
“That works for me if the leather of the skirt looks real.”
“Not one person will know the difference either by the look or the feel.”
“Then pseudo leather is fine. I’ll save an animal or two.”
“Marvelous choice. And you’ll remain a spit-shined, fashionable you!”
Dress in leather: you’ll never look better!
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