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    Make your closet metal with a bit of leather this spring
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    Leather’s not just for those who aspire to be Billy Idol, Rob Halford or Slash this spring. In fact, you can go so far as to be covered in soft, buttery goodness from head to toe. Aside from the obvious pieces – shoes, belts, bags, jackets and pants – this season’s suede-lined closet also has dresses and tops to mix and match with other on-trend items. Furthermore, the leather goods coming from last September’s runways are made for the warm weather, just in time for the circus surrounding the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. Allow to help you get hell-bent for leather this spring, where you don’t have to be a metal god to rock the frock.

    Let’s start with outerwear. Spring may be warm, but when the sun goes down, the chill sets in. Luckily, this year’s pieces will not only keep you warm, but are colorful enough to warm up the room. Metallic trenches by Burberry, bright blue motorcycle jackets from Jason Wu, snake-embossed teal pieces by Rebecca Taylor, there’s something for everyone to consider. You can even make your power suit metal with a leather blazer such as this one from Ralph Lauren.

    If things get too warm, no need to fret. Turn your look up to 11 with black faux leather peplums, lovely color-block dresses, or a simple leather tee. For your backside, you can opt for simple or box-pleat skirts, leggings or freer-feeling pants in bold hues (red, green and orange come to mind), and if you’re really daring, leather shorts.

    Want to know where to park that Triumph or Vespa? Circe, Peacock Boutique, Sunny Daize, Rodeo Drive and Von Maur are all good places to begin your search. As always, dress for your body first, no matter what the trend du jour happens to be. All the best.

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    Former fashion writer for, now contributing author for automotive industry blog The Truth About Cars. Born in Louisville, returned 29 years later, left for Seattle in 2013.

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