While visiting friends at the University of Wisconsin Madison last weekend, I spotted this trendy Urban Outfitters employee strolling State Street. Her bold tribal leggings pack a serious sartorial punch that, when paired with her leather jacket, gives this Fashionista a strong and edgy vibe.
The tribal trend, seen on the spring 2012 runways of J. Mendel, L.A.M.B. and Donna Karan, continues for fall in the form of bold prints and colors. Louis Vuitton and Prada originally displayed daring mixes of graphic prints for fall. More recently, Tracy Reese showcased geometric patterned skirts, tops and dresses in early September’s New York Fashion Week.
The style message is clear: the bolder, the better. Tight tribal leggings are not just courageous, but comfortable too. To get the look, try these red patterned leggings from American Apparel. For even more audacious legging lovers, check out the selection at Black Milk. They have a beautiful pair of tribal leggings. Various versions of the galaxy leggings keep popping up on my Instagram feed, so they must be pretty cool too.
Moving on from patterns to materials, this Fashionista’s leather jacket is a perfect pick for fall. Leather emerged in a myriad of forms on the runways for fall, manipulated into front-slit skirts, straight trousers, puffy vests, sheath dresses, blouses and—of course—jackets. According to Elle, leather’s “utilitarian yet luxe” qualities are meant to redefine femininity from ruffles and florals to a tougher, more resilient feminine strength. This move away from ultra-femininty is echoed in self-proclaimed “Man Repeller” Leandra Medine’s blog along with the current popularity of loafers and menswear in women’s fashion.
Getting in touch with her own warrior goddess, this Fashionista paired her leather jacket with a sweatshirt for a relaxed, layered look. However, a leather jacket could just as easily be dressed up with a skirt and a pair of heels, making it a versatile day-to-night piece. To get the look without smashing your piggy bank, try a faux-leather bomber jacket like this one from Urban Outfitters.
When making those compulsory trips to the mall for back-to-school shopping, take a cue from this bold babe and look for daring patterns and leather pieces. Comfortable, printed pants or leggings and versatile leather jackets will fill out your wardrobe, garner positive attention and keep you in touch with your own inner warrior.