Fall Trend: Leather, Leather Everywhere

This fall, leather goes way beyond jackets to cover every angle of what makes a chic wardrobe, from subtle piping on a cocktail dress to autumn-perfect shorts.

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Old Navy
This fall, leather goes way beyond jackets to cover every angle of what makes a chic wardrobe, from subtle piping on a cocktail dress to autumn-perfect shorts.

nLeather's prevalence this fall plays up the sophisticated side, with just a tiny hint of the edge--the Alice & Olivia Peplum Stretch-Jersey dress personifies the concept with subtle leather panels on its skirt. ($495, Net-a-Porter
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This trifecta of leather jackets--in double-breasted pea, classic biker and easy, fitted zip-up styles from Old Navy are all priced below $200, believe it or not. (Each $199, Old Navy)
Opening Ceremony
The Alexander Wang Leather Corset serves many purposes. Besides simply adding a waist to any ho-hum outfit, the accessory gives an unexpected, classic menswear accent--but in leather, it's totally hipster fresh. ($795, Opening Ceremony)
Topshop's Faux Leather Shell packs a lot of punch in a fairly simple little top--on-trend silhouette, edgy undertones and an animal-friendly approach to a leathery finish. ($55, Topshop)
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The perfect tee is a wardrobe staple, but when it's tailored in leather, it's way more of a treat. The Theory Short-Sleeved Leather Shirt brings together several staples in one super-luxe piece. ($495, Neiman Marcus)
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Even though the Katy Rodriguez Leopard Racer Vest is a classic biker silhouette and is emblazoned with a leopard print, there's still something classy-sassy about it. ($325 on sale (orig $650), Opening Ceremony)
Before you completely dismiss yourself as someone-who-would-never-ever-ever-wear-leather-leggings, give the Alice & Olivia Faux Leather Leggings a chance. Trust your Thread friends, these are remarkably flattering (Ed. note:...and this particular Threader has remarkably short legs.)($198, Bloomingdale's)
Lambskin pants encase the wearer in sassy rockstar curves from hip to toe. Style them any which way for work or play.
($248, White House Black Market)
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Jason Wu's tweed sheath dress adds a punch of downtown flair to this ladylike silhouette. ($1950, Neiman Marcus).
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The Topshop Leather Buckle Shorts are easy on the budget while at the same time giving off a luxe, impeccably chic aura in rich butterscotch beige. ($135, Topshop)
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This wine-hued Nanette Lepore Hush Hush Leather Blazer comes with a flourish--a ruffle at the hip gives the classic, vintage-inspired jacket a unique, feminine update. ($848, Shopbop)
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Channel Janis Joplin in 2010 with the Forever 21 Grommet-Stud Suede Vest--a low-commitment, high-fun factor fall accessory. ($32.80, Forever 21)
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The Ian RN Sequined Tank Top is all lightness and air, but for the interesting addition of leather trim to its delicate makeup. We're seriously crushing on this top for nights out on the town. ($334, La Garconne)
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Behold, rustic luxury at its hippest--the DKNY Hooded Shearling-Lined Vest offers a chic transitional warmer to any wardrobe. Certainly a splurge, but if you've got it, cozy up immediately. ($1,900, Net-a-Porter)
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It's almost hard to believe that the Tory Burch Florence Tie-Dye Skirt is actually leather. Bring hippie summer love into the fall season with this versatile piece. ($495, Net-a-Porter)
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A bustier is sexy, but the Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Bustier is downright smokin' hot. Not for the faint of heart, but chic enough to be taken seriously, we're in like with this top, big time. ($558, Shopbop)
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The Boy by Band of Outsiders Zipper Convertible Skirt allows the more conservative fashionista a beautiful way to dip a toe into the leather trend with its thin hide piping details. ($455, Barneys)
Leather in most incantations is luxurious, but crafted into tassels on the cozy-soft Anthropologie Hot Air Scarf, and the deal is sealed. Wrap up in style this fall. ($108, Anthropologie)
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