Posted: Sep 09, 2013 9:00 AM
 
Leather is popping up everywhere from jackets to skinny jeans. Is this trend for everyone, or just the youngest in the crowd? We found several ways to incorporate the latest in trendy leather into even the most conservative of closets.

Are you ready to bring some fall trends into your wardrobe? Leather isn't going out of style any time soon. Fall wardrobes are screaming for a little leather love, so why not? We found some great faux-leather pieces perfect for your 20s, 30s or 40s — and a few splurges as well.

Leather love — in your 20s

In your 20s, you are tuned in to the trends — and still able to pull them off. The most important thing to remember in your 20s is to keep it fun, but functional. Enjoy the trends, but make them work for your everyday life.

Fall leather love- 20s

  • The Ark & Co. dress (Piperlime, $79) has a front and back panel made of man-made leather, cap sleeves, a rounded neckline, exposed center back zipper and fitted silhouette for a trendy leather look, without the high price. Mom's night out, anyone?
  • For a leather look you can mix into your weekly rotation, these Halogen faux-leather trim skinny ankle pants (Nordstrom, $69) have the trendy look of leather without looking too badass for the grocery store.
  • Want a trendy top to mix up with your usual suspects? This BCBG Max Azria short sleeve leather inset top (Belk, $98) is trendy enough to take your fashion sense up a notch without going all biker babe.

Splurge^ Looking for a special leather piece to spruce up your wardrobe? This Halogen fit-and-flare dress (Nordstrom, $298) has smooth leather panels, pieced together for an incredible fit. With knit sides and back bodice, you get a close fit and flexible comfort.

Trendy leather — in your 30s

As you head into your 30s, you still have that youthful vibe, but it's time to add a little bit of a classic twist. Think accents on classics you would already wear — or an old favorite taken up a notch.

Fall trendy leather- 30s

  • This Calvin Klein faux-leather peplum top (Zappos, $100) has both the trendy look of leather and a comfortable stretch jersey knit for comfort. Pair it with a skirt for work, or skinny jeans for cocktails with the girls. This piece has the potential to be an all-time favorite.
  • These MM Couture pants (Piperlime, $69) are made of vegan leather and feature a pieced look, with patch pockets on the back and a cute zipper detail. So cute and on trend, you may find yourself wearing these more than your skinny jeans.
  • Looking for a dress to dress up or down? This faux-leather dress from BB Dakota (Dillard's, $99) has contour seams for a perfect fit and a round neckline that flatters everyone. The exposed back zipper adds an edgy vibe without screaming “teenager.” And the best feature — it's machine-washable.

Splurge^ Ready to pick up a piece to enjoy for years to come? The Marc Jacobs Sergeant leather jacket (Piperlime, $858) is a great way to add leather to your look that works with multiple outfits. Made of 100 percent lamb leather, this jacket is an update on the classic with an asymmetrical zip front for extra interest.

Fashion first — in your 40s

We don't know if 40 is really the new 30, but we do know that your 40s are a time for fun! No need to skimp on cute fashions, just steer clear of pieces that are too one-season trendy, too tight or have too much added ornamentation — like extra zippers.

Fall leather- Fashion first 40s

  • A great way to add leather to your existing wardrobe is with a skirt. This stretch faux-leather skirt (Ann Taylor, $79) is just as appropriate at work as it is out on the town. Made from flattering all-season stretch fabric, you will find a reason to wear this skirt every season.
  • Who doesn't love a sheath dress? This sleeveless Calvin Klein sheath dress (Macy's, $79) features faux-leather insets to add punch to a classic look. The high neckline and concealed back zipper keep this dress from seeming too young. You can dress it up with bright accessories or keep it neutral.
  • The classic striped top never goes out of style. We found this INC striped top (Macys, $60) with a faux-leather panel in back that adds a bit of a trend to this old favorite. With side ruching for a flattering fit and a high neckline, this top will quickly become one of your go-to pieces.

Splurge^ Want a statement piece you can wear with multiple outfits? This washed leather peplum top by Theory (Net-a-porter, $485) would be amazing with a pair of fitted pants or a pencil skirt. The back is made from stretch jersey, for a comfortable fit.

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