There's nothing quite like leather to take your edginess to the next level. Whether paired with more feminine pieces (like floral or lace) or a graphic tee and some skinny jeans (like this Fashionista), a leather jacket is one of the most versatile pieces you could have in your closet. Leather is a unique texture and comes in all sorts of different colors and styles, making it a trend that tends to come back year after year. Here's this week's Fashionista take on her personal style and her one-of-a-kind leather jacket.

Name: Leah Mersky

Major: Political Science

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: What's your style philosophy when it comes to dressing in the morning?

Leah Mersky: My style always matches my mood, so I usually dress and pick my outfits according to that. I also really like leather, especially leather jackets.

CF: You're studded leather jacket really stands out. Where is it from?

LM: Actually, it was a gift from my mother. I got it for Christmas.

CF: And tell me a little bit about the rest of your look.

LM: Well, when I was in New York I met someone who worked for a record company, and that's how I got the shirt that I'm wearing!

How To: Wearing leather is all about confidence. It is a trend that really allows you to be daring, so don't hold back! Like I said before, amp up your edge by pairing a leather jacket with a girly dress, or follow this Fashionista's lead and keep the look casual with a graphic tee, jeans and a pair of lace-up boots. In addition, leather is a fun way to experiment with colors: this white leather jacket from Zara is not only edgy and fashion-forward, but extremely sophisticated.


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