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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Friend or Faux?

I love leather apparel - It adds such an interesting contrast and texture to an outfit, but it can be expensive. In recent years, a number of leather alternatives have been introduced, and the quality has improved significantly as compared to the not-so-soft-and-supple “pleather” that is reminiscent of my adolescence.

These new non-leather options are fantastic.  In some cases, you can’t tell the difference between faux leather and real leather, and these options are so much more affordable...   
The keys to selecting faux leather that looks like the real thing are:

a) To find pieces that have some texture. Some of the more realistic looking leather alternatives have characterization, wrinkles, and slight color variations. 

b) To select pieces that are butter-soft and supple.

There is no in-between here...

I have recently added a few faux leather pieces to my wardrobe and absolutely love them!  Below is a favorite of mine.  I actually thought it was real when I purchased it.  It's a Vince Camuto dress and I purchased it from Fox's in New York over a year ago.  LOVE this dress, and have styled it various ways.

Lisa Loeb frames and transition lenses from Omega Optical.

Bib necklace from Express.  I bought this a few years ago.  The only available piece was being worn by the mannequin, so I had to grab it...

I layered a green long-sleeved t-shirt underneath for a monochromatic effect.

Brown tights and boots complete the look.

I feel like a tree...

Be Fearless. Stay Fashionable. Have Fun!