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The Lust List: For the Love of Leather

Note from the Bitches: Introducing Kristin Bowling, our new Chicago Bitch and Editor in Chief! Kristin will be manning the Bitch ship from the Windy City-the Chicago site is set to launch very soon. In the meantime, here’s Kristin with her late Winter fashion advice. Keep an eye out for her Chicago brunch reviews, sign up for the Chicago newsletter, and shoot her a note if you have any great recommendations. 

Leather: a material that finds a home in your closet, regardless of the season. Its various colors, styles, and textures compliment your wardrobe, no matter the occasion. Whether it’s a tan leather clutch on a summer night out, or a pleated red leather skirt in the middle of January, leather is a girl’s best friend. From a pair of brown leather riding boots for an autumn morning brunch, to those leather Valentino gladiator sandals on a Spring Break getaway…leather is like Audrey Hepburn: timeless, classic, and always in style.

Lust List Leather Jacket

BCBGeneration Mixed Media Coat | Rabbit Fur Infinity scarf (similar) | Elvin Vince Camuto Booties

With temperatures hovering above the 25 degree mark in Chicago, it’s clear that spring isn’t coming anytime soon. When the calendar shows spring, but Mother Nature tells us otherwise, leather leggings are a surefire hit. Real leather leggings will cost you a pretty penny, but a good pair of faux leather leggings will do the trick. You can rock ‘em with heels or booties at a fancy pants brunch with the girls, or, during your Saturday window-shopping stroll with a pair of flats and a long comfy sweater.

Even when the milder spring temperatures finally decide to make an appearance, your leather leggings can be paired with a longer blouse or a flouncy tunic.

Lust List Leather

 Vince Button Down Poplin Tunic | Ann Taylor Faux Leather Leggings | J.Crew Crystal Necklace (similar)

In the corporate environment, leather leggings or leather skirts, styled the appropriate way, meet the uncompromising requirements us women encounter…balancing “office proper” with “cute enough for happy hour.” Ah yes, the daily challenges we face (sigh).

Another 9 to 5 leather wardrobe staple is our work bag/tote/purse. We all struggle with the same two questions: do we invest in a bag that’s functional? Or, one that’s fashionable? Recognizing the various options for hauling the daily work essentials and beauty must-haves, I’ve come to find that leather bags withstand the wear and tear of train rides, bus stops, taxis, and other hazards of your daily commute.

Lust List Bag

Henri Bendel West 57th Large Satchel

A work bag that has it all? The Henri Bendel West 57th Leather Satchel—it’s stylish, holds just about any laptop or iPad, is great for traveling, and is extremely versatile.

Lust List Bag

Here are some of my favorite leather pieces that transition not only across seasons, but from your work-consumed thoughts to your cheers-to-the-freakin’ weekend mindset.

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  1. Great suggestions! Leather is timeless, classic, and in this cold weather- warmer than jeans! Looking forward to more inspiring Chicago bitch columns

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