Leather and Linen

Leather and Linen – the two words certainly roll off the tongue easily enough, but pairing them successfully in an outfit can be a challenge.  That’s why I was so pleased with this combination of brown linen skirt and black leather jacket.

Late September weather in Southern California is often very warm, and I know I’m not the only one who struggles with balancing the realities of our climate with the dark tones and heavier fabrics of the fall fashion season. As I mentioned in a post earlier this week fall is my favorite clothing season, and I don’t want to miss out just because it’s too warm to wear fur and tweed. This outfit, which I wore for my wedding anniversary last Sunday, strikes a happy balance between lighter weight fabrics and autumn colors.

This linen skirt was a hand-me-down from a good friend.  It’s the sort of thing I probably wouldn’t have purchased on my own, but now that it’s mine I absolutely adore it.  Above is a close up of the irregular bone buttons that decorate the hem and bottom of the skirt.

I had no idea how versatile a little leather jacket could be until I purchased this one. You can see some other outfits featuring it the posts Fashion Sinner and Urban Safari

I love the chain necklace trend.  This one is really easy to wear because of the different metal colors. All it needs is a strand of silver an I could wear it with anything!  But I’m really excited about this nail polish, which looks black in the photo but is actually a very dark blue-gray.  It’s by Sonia Kashuk, and I’m amazed with how long it’s stayed on my nails without chipping.  The polish was applied on a Friday afternoon, and it’s been almost a week and I only have one small chip on one nail.  I’m impressed!

  • Leather Jacket – L’Affaire
  • Knit Camisole – Target
  • Skirt – DKNY
  • Necklace – Cara Couture via Gilt.com
  • Sunnies – Fendi
  • Purse – Thrifted
  • Sandals – Nine West
  • Nail Polish – “Blank Slate” by Sonia Kashuk available at Target
  • Background – The Huntington Gardens in San Marino, California

Do you ever wear linen and leather together?

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22 Responses to Leather and Linen

  1. brookemeagan September 30, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    You look smokin’ hot in leather!! Love this look. The button detailing on the skirt is great. It’s been warmer than normal here lately so I’ve had to be a bit more creative with fabrics than usual. Your nail polish is great. I’m a big fan of dark blues in the Fall. I prefer the look of darker polish on my nails so Fall is my favorite fashion and nail polish season! Really beautiful shots Heather. I love the way you accessorized as well. I could just go on and on but I’ll stop babbling lol Happy Friday! xoxo

    • Heather Fonseca October 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

      Thank you so much Brooke! I enjoy your babbling so feel free to say as much as you like.

  2. Dress Code: High Fashion
    September 30, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Leather, gold, lipstick & sunglasses! PERFECT!
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    September 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    This is such a unique outfit! I love the way you pull unexpected items together. Very nice 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca October 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

      Right back at you! That last outfit post you did with the multi-color dress was fab!

  4. Tiffany September 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    The leather is so awesome



    • Heather Fonseca October 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

      Thanks! Glad you like it. I purchased it at Loehmann’s last fall.

  5. Alexis of NorthOnHarper September 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    You really are such a great model!!!!

    Plus I think your outfit works perfectly for this LA autumn….
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    • Heather Fonseca October 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

      Thanks Alexis! I really enjoy it, though being out in public can make me feel a little self conscious. I try to hide it though.
      You’re a pretty great model too Alexis! I saw the post Mary Jo at Trust your Style did on you and that outfit is yummy! You look amazing. I wish you did more outfit posts.

  6. Manasi October 1, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    Love the shape of the skirt & the detail on it!

    • Heather Fonseca October 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

      Thank you so much Manasi. I like the bird maps you posted about on your blog. (I couldn’t find the comment form, otherwise I would had said so!)

  7. Stacey - Total City Girl
    October 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    I love leather jackets which reminds me that I need to get a new one! 🙂 I can definitely tell that the nails were blue – looks lovely!
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    • Heather Fonseca October 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

      I was just looking for an other one because I wear this one so much. I hate to add duplicates to my wardrobe, but then I think if I already wear one a lot, then I know another one will be a big favorite too! Haven’t found one that looks different enough yet though. Oh well.

  8. citizen rosebud
    October 10, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    For me this is perfect Cali fall attire. You look chic and sizzling in your linen/leather mix. I love the chain necklace layering you are doing, and how it goes so well with the entire outfit.

    The key trends you point out are on the money: mix textures, classic colors and material with a surprise twist, and nail color as the new it accessory. GREAT post!
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    • Heather Fonseca October 11, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

      Thank you so much! So glad you like the outfit and the dark denim nail color. Kisses!

  9. andri world news October 12, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    beautiful outfit, you can combine the leather and linen nicely 🙂

  10. SACRAMENTO August 25, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    Always fantastic, my dearest Heather.
    I have been searching for an old article of yours about buying your own domain (that made me buy my own, and so greatful for it), but cannot find it in your blog.
    A friend ask how a did it and I cannot remember.
    will you be an angel and give me the link? I would love to reead it.
    Have a lovely Sunday, my friend.
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  11. Aileen August 25, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    I bought a stone coloured leather jacket in spring and have to confess I haven’t worn it yet. It is quite heavy weight for summer, even here in Scotland. I’ll have get it out and start wearing it soon, but if I team it with skinny jeans I need a long top underneath to hide my behind! I don’t have any skirt or dress that would work with it.
    I really like the way you can make black and brown work well together and I do like the leather and linen look. You look fabulous, as always xa

    • Heather Fonseca August 26, 2013 at 10:47 am #

      Aileen your stone grey leather jacket sounds dynamite! I hope you can find a great way to wear it. Personally I think leather jacket and jeans with a scarf is always a great look.


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