Actress Michelle Dockery pairs sleek black pumps with a leather dress for a chic and elegant ensemble.

How to Style a Leather Dress

by Sara Cantu

A leather dress is a chic and timeless garment. If you've managed to find one that suits your figure and personality, you'll want to make the most of this statement piece by pairing with the perfect accessories for the occasion.


Few garments make an impact like a cool leather dress, so let this statement piece shine by pairing with neutral accessories like nude pointed-toe pumps or a pair of simple black slingbacks. These ladylike and feminine styles of shoe create a stunning contrast to an edgy leather dress. Dainty footwear can make the dress appropriate for conservative occasions, where modern styles like platform heels and strappy sandals are more suitable for a night out on the town.


While a leather dress can certainly serve as a sultry piece, adding layers can make it appear more conservative. For instance, a leather dress can instantly be made more elegant with the addition of a crisp white blazer or a luxurious trench coat. Also, consider wearing a white blouse underneath a leather dress for a more casual look that's ideal for chilly weather. A pair of textured tights is another option to add more coverage to your outfit without taking away from the overall look.

Tough Accessories

Edgy accessories that mirror the tough vibe of a leather dress are a wonderful way to have fun with this garment, but limit to one piece at a time to avoid a look that appears overdone. A pair of studded pumps, gladiator sandals or a spiked clutch adds just the right dose of punk to complement the look while a pair of pumps in leopard print is a fabulous pairing for a neutral-colored leather dress.


While a leather dress is a strong piece on its own, a bright dose of color adds a modern twist to the ensemble. Bold pumps or high-heeled sandals in saturated hues like cobalt will pair nicely with a black leather dress while nude leather dresses pair well with shades like orange and vivid fuchsia. The same applies to other accessories such as handbags.

About the Author

Sara Cantu has been writing fashion and lifestyle articles since 2009. As a fashion stylist, writer and blogger, she has been published in “Lady Couture” magazine and “RGV” magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of Texas - Pan American.

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