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How To Wear Leather In Summer

Traditionally leather is seen as a winter outfit choice, especially when compared to linens and cottons on a hot summer’s day.

Now, we may be biased as leather lovers, but we believe you definitely shouldn’t be disregarding leather altogether in the warmer months. In fact, wearing leather in summer is a big trend that is hitting the urban streets of London, Paris and New York. Styling this fantastic material year round also means that you get more wear out of your much-loved wardrobe staples.

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Kaia Gerber: GOTHAM

You just have to look to Kaia Gerber for inspiration; here rocking a leather blazer in June. The ultimate layering look, especially suited for those air conditioned offices. Kendall Jenner was also spotted this summer in leather trousers paired with the ultimate summer shoe that is making a big comeback: the flip-flop.
Kendall Jenner Leather Pants
Kendal Jenner: BACKGRID


These two style icons are demonstrating that those leather pieces that you thought you had to say goodbye to until winter, are a wardrobe staple year round, as long as you style them right.

For example, that leather jacket of yours, whether it is a biker or shacket, is as suitable now as in the winter, especially when you need that extra layer over a dress on a cool summer’s evening. You can also look out for leather pieces that are more summer-friendly: short-sleeved leather tops, backless leather dresses and leather playsuits are all staples.

Check out some of our top styling tips for wearing leather in summer, even on those hotter days:

Short Sleeves

Wearing a leather shirt with short sleeves will ensure you are looking sophisticated and chic, whilst remaining cool. Pair with a skirt or trousers for the perfect work look!

Short sleeved shirt leather SKIIM Paris
Check out the Laura Pussybow Short Sleeved Leather Shirt here.


Wearing women’s leather shorts in the summer is a chic way to dress for summer in the city. As opposed to denim shorts that can feel more beachy, leather shorts show off your legs whilst oozing that sophisticated style. There are several different styles that you can try...

Short Leather Shorts

Leather Short shorts
Shop the Pamela shorts here.

Leather Bermuda Shorts

Bermuda Shorts Arizona Muse SKIIM Paris
Shop the Madelaine shorts here.

Paperbag Leather Shorts

Paperbag leather loose women's shorts
Shop the Catherine shorts here.

Summer Leather Dresses

A backless leather dress is perfect for smarter summer occasions. Not only will you stand out amongst the classic summer florals, with a halter dress you will stay cool.

Backless leather dress

If you are looking for inspiration, we love the SKIIM Raphaela dress, which you can shop here.


When is a better time to wear a leather mini-skirt than in the summer months? Paired with a t-shirt, it is the ultimate warm-weather look.

Mini-skirt leather SKIIM Paris

Our favourite summer leather mini-skirt has to be the Mika.

Bright Colours

Is the classic look of black leather putting you off wearing it in the summer? Then why not try a brighter leather look. We love colours that remind us of being on holiday; Blues that are reminiscent of the sea and golden sands that remind us of the beach. White leather might also change your opinion entirely about the material.

These alternative colours can help you to reimagine wearing leather all year round. Top of our list? The Margaret skirt.

Blue Leather Skirt