Just in time for winter, a new trend has arrived that is sure to jazz up your closet and the gloomy days ahead—to be specific, bright leather dresses. Yes, thanks to brands like Gucci and top tastemakers like Blake Lively and Zoe Saldana, bright leather dresses are having a major moment right now. So, how can you try this top trend for yourself? Simply take a look at today’s Trend Report to discover all the need-to-know details on how fashionable ladies like Blake and Zoe are making this item a must-have winter wardrobe choice! Read on!
The best thing about this trend is that you can be as bold as you want to be. Take, for instance, the bright red Dior dress that Charlize Theron wore last week to the premiere of Young Adult. To start, this is a surefire way to stand out from the crowd, but it isn’t for the faint of heart. If you want to go for a similarly bold color, we suggest you do as Charlize has done and opt for simple sandals and a low-key beauty look. On that note, make sure you check out Yves Saint Laurent’s Leather Dress ($3,490) and Cacharel’s Knit-Trimmed Leather Shift Dress ($657). When paired with Max Mara’s Barca Sandals ($234), they make for a red hot look!
Nothing will brighten up the fall/winter season like sunny yellow, which is why we love the ensemble Blake Lively put together for the 2011 Teen Choice Awards back in August. Her yellow Gucci dress was seemingly made to match with her sunny personality, resulting in an outfit that stands out but also feels totally accessible. Also, thanks to the sleek sleeved silhouette, this dress works just as well for day as it does for night. The finishing touch? A pair of leopard-print Christian Louboutin heels, which give the outfit a slight edge. To make this look your own, take a look at dresses like A.L.C.’s Sienna Leather Dress ($1,195), which would look amazing when paired with Casadei’s Closed-Toe Slip-Ons ($328).
Speaking of an edge, we are smitten with the ensemble Brooklyn Decker put together for the 2011 ESPY Awards in July. Her burgundy Jay Ahr dress had an oh-so sexy vibe, made all the more palpable by Brooklyn’s studded Christian Louboutin heels and tough mixed-metal jewelry. The result is an ultra-sexy ensemble that is perfect for parties and red-carpet events. To try this look for yourself, we suggest you do as Brooklyn has done and opt for slightly undone hair and just a few key jewelry pieces—don’t go overboard. On that note, check out these dresses: Halston’s Leather Mini Dress ($359) and Robert Rodriguez’s Seamed Leather Dress ($695). Both would look amazing with Gianvito Rossi’s Studded Pointy Pumps ($719).
We have covered bold looks, playful looks, and sexy looks, now it is time to cover a soft, feminine look. Back in August, Zoe Saldana attended a screening of her film, Colombiana, in Los Angeles. For the occasion, Zoe wore a pink Valentino dress. Now, the pretty pink shade instantly evokes a feminine vibe, but Zoe emphasized the mood by adding accessories with a similarly soft feel—specifically, blush-hued Christian Louboutin heels and a gold-tinted Salvatore Ferragamo clutch. A dash of pink lipstick completed the look. The result is decidedly feminine and oh-so chic. To try an equally pretty look, check out Gucci’s Belted Leather Dress ($1,450), which would look amazing when paired Diane von Furstenberg’s Dusty Nude Patent Pumps ($310).
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