FEMAIL’s picks for the best leather looks this season

  • Dinah Van Tulleken shares her advice on how to embrace the leather look trend 
  • She suggests tonal dressing, which is wearing the same shade from head-to-toe.
  • A British style editor shares a list of retailers that currently stock the trend 


I’ve cut down massively on eating meat in the past year — it’s good for my health, wallet and the planet. But now I’ve decided that if I’m keeping dead animals out of the kitchen, I shouldn’t be adding them to my wardrobe, either.


I’m not the only one — the popularity of faux leather is growing fast. It’s worth remembering that leather-look pieces aren’t necessarily great for the planet — it is plastic, after all — but to me, ethically, it’s still preferable to real animal hide. Even the most inexpensive pieces look luxurious and expensive. They are more flexible than the real thing and, most importantly, they are cruelty-free.

Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice for embracing the leather look trend at any occasion this season. Pictured: Jumper, £29.50, and skirt, £35, marksandspencer.com; shoes, £34.99, tkmaxx.com

Dinah Van Tullken shares her tips for how to embrace the leather look at all occasions this season. Pictured: Jumper, £29.50, and skirt, £35, marksandspencer.com; shoes, £34.99, tkmaxx.com


The olive-green skirt I’m wearing is from Marks & Spencer, whose PU (polyurethane) offerings are brilliant this season. According to the brand, leather-look pieces are in high demand.

Go Bold

Faux can be found in bold colours and not just black. If you’re going for trousers, choose a fashionable and flattering flare, such as the burgundy pair from Mango (below); and jackets don’t come much more chic than this caramel-coloured belted design from theoutnet.com. Oh, and it’s perfect for handbags and accessories, too.