Let's be honest: Were we really that surprised when the preppy prom queen ended up with the bad boy in "The Breakfast Club"? Or when clean-cut Sandy fell for rebel Danny Zucko in "Grease"? Not really. You know, opposites attract and all.
And when it comes to fashion trends, opposites still attract. Case in point: leather and lace, the ultimate style power couple. Both trends are stars on their own, but when worn together, they become a match made in style heaven. Leather toughens up lace (so you don't end up looking like a doily), while lace softens leather (so you don't look like one of the Hell's Angels).
To see what we mean, check out our roundup of the best leather looks, the best lace looks, and the most interesting ways you can wear them together.
Studs and leather are a match made in fashion heaven, and choosing a jacket with a bit of detailing along the collar and shoulders is an easy way to add visual interest. But don't be afraid of a little color. Pair an edgy jacket with a pretty raspberry pink lip and a feminine print, like a bright floral.
And don't panic, animal lovers! This look, and all of our leather styles, are just as fabulous in vegan-friendly faux leather.
Pretty Peek-A-Boo Lace
Lace has an ultra fancy vibe, so dress things down by mixing lace with denim. Add a sexy (but still demure) touch with a pretty lace cutout in an unexpected spot. From the front this top is just your run-of-the-mill denim shirt, but turn around and you have a very sexy surprise.
Who says studs have no place at a fancy party? If the occasion calls for a cocktail dress but you want to toughen things up, the solution is easy: Layer with leather. Plus, a leather jacket over a lacy dress is perfect when night falls and you get a little chilly. Accessorize with a stack of studded bangles for extra edge.
If you feel like you can't quite pull off a pair of leather pants (or you live in a warmer climate and don't like sweating) try a leather skirt instead. The key is choosing a leather skirt that is pleated and high-waisted.
This style is flattering on practically all body types because the skirt draws attention to the smallest part of your waist and then floats away from the body. Tuck a printed cotton tee into your skirt and pair with pumps or flats.
Click here to see the rest of our leather and lace roundup.
Now, tell us: Which leather or lace look is your favorite?
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