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What are the Different Types of Leather Outfits?

Man wearing a hoodie along with a leather jacket.
Leather should be kept away from direct sunlight.
Woman in a leather jacket.
Not all dry cleaners are familiar with cleaning suede.
Bonded leather, which is sometimes used to make clothes.
Leather may be used to create handbags.
Man in a black leather jacket.
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  • Written By: Dana Hinders
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  • Last Modified Date: 14 August 2014
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If you're looking for a way to add some spice to your wardrobe, you may find yourself wandering what different types of leather outfits are available. Leather has moved long past the days of being associated only with punks and bikers. Today, leather outfits can have a sophisticated, contemporary, and urban look. Black or tan leather clothing remains the most popular, although you can find leather shirts, skirts, pants, and dresses in colors ranging from a vibrant red to a pale pink.

When shopping for leather clothing, keep in mind that most leather is made from cowhide. However, deerskin and lambskin are commonly used to create the more expensive leather outfits available in high fashion boutiques. Additionally, ostrich leather is used by major fashion designers such as Hermès, Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.

Unless you happen to be a professional rock star, it's a good idea to keep your leather outfits to one piece of leather at a time. Wear a leather jacket with jeans and a vintage concert t-shirt for a casual yet cool look. Pair a dark leather skirt with a pretty silk blouse for a night at the theater. Never wear leather from head to toe.

For those who are self-conscious about their weight or other perceived figure flaws, it's best to stay away from patent leather outfits. Shirts, skirts, pants, and dresses made from patent leather have a high-gloss, shiny finish that amplifies even the most minor imperfections.

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As far as accessories go, leather is always a great choice. A leather handbag or leather wallet in a classic style is a wise investment, since you'll be able to use the same item for several years. Whether you're male or female, a leather belt is another great purchase for building your wardrobe.

Caring for leather is a bit more difficult than caring for other types of clothing and accessories, but proper maintenance is the key to protecting your purchases. Coating a leather item with a spray-on leather protector will help keep it from drying out and reduce moisture damage. Avoid contact with hair care products and perfumes while wearing leather outfits, since these products can discolor the leather. When storing leather clothing and accessories, keep the items away from direct sunlight to reduce the risk of fading.

If your leather item needs to be professionally cleaned, call dry cleaners in your area to determine who is experienced in working with leather and suede garments. Not all dry cleaners are familiar with the specialized stain removal techniques required to clean leather outfits correctly.

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