Summer leather is one of those oxymoronic sartorial combinations that really shouldn’t work. But that hasn’t stopped several stars trying out the look in several incarnations. Firstly we had a post-Cruise Katie Holmes wearing a heavy leather jacket in 100°F heat…reading a full 8/10 on the swelt-ometer. Then last week saw Alexa Chung rocking a leather skirt at a Louis Vuitton event in Shanghai – where the temperature hit 35°C and humidity topped 84%...a definite 9/10.
Katie Holmes, Alexa Chung
Trumping both of these toasty appearances was the sight of Australian model Jessica Gomes who was snapped over the weekend wearing leather shorts ON THE BEACH – a full 10/10 sweat on.
So should you, or shouldn’t you? Our advice is to gauge the time you will be in the direct heat and take it from there. In the UK with air-con offices and (ahem) changeable weather, summer leather isn’t the most ridiculous idea. A leather short or mini for example offers more rain protection than silk but allows you to bare your legs with gusto. A leather jacket in the heat of the day/tube is a definite no-no, but when worn shrug-style over the shoulder can offer a rock 'n' roll touch to balmy summer evening outfits. However if you are looking for a line in the sand, take note – leather trousers (yes, even white ones) on a sweat-tacular day is never going to be a good look. Aside from the Ross from Friends discomfort, you’ll share a style penchant with such summer leather pant lovers as Ricky Martin, Michael Schumacher and David Hasselhoff. Hot, but not hot.
Summer leather lovers The Hoff & Ricky Martin