Leather is typically associated with chilly fall nights and frigid winter days, but this summer, fashion is breaking the rules, with leather being a necessary addition to your warm weather lineup. While this may seem like an odd pairing, the new crop of leather garments are meant to be worn when the sun is shining bright. From fitted caps to short shorts, a little accent will go a long way, and there is something for everyone. At less than $75, our editor's faux leather picks are wallet friendly.
For the Corporate Fashionista
June & Hudson High/Low Scoop Hem Tee ($40, nordstrom.com)
It's possible to adhere to your office dress code all while adding a pop of fashionable flair. The contrasting trim makes this anything less than a basic tee and can work well tucked inside a pencil skirt and transition to breezy weekend wear.
For All Sizes
Jaye.E Faux Leather Tank Dress ($53, bluefly.com)
It wouldn't be summer without a simple, yet chic frock that's perfect for all occasions. This one dress can work for an outdoor wedding, a night on the town or a beach picnic. The bodice adds a bit of edge to the A-line skirt, which is universally flattering, whether you're petite or curvy.
For the Trendsetter
Free People Vegan Leather Short ($40, 6pm.com)
Skip the basic black leather for fiery red short-shorts you can wear now and into fall with the addition of tights. The lining will keep your thighs from getting sweaty when the temperatures heat up.
For the Edgy and Cute
ASTR Cutout Faux Leather Skirt ($72, nordstrom.com)
Dress it up with a flouncy blouse and heels or keep it simple with a tank and sandals. However you choose to wear it, the cutout details add a flirty detail to the edgy material.
For the Casual Chic Woman
Charlotte Russe Trim Millennium Skinny Pant ($30, charlotterusse.com)
Leather pants can be tricky to pull off for everyday wear, but you can still get in on the trend with the right details. The faux leather waistband updates the basic slim-fitting pant. These can be worn just like your favorite pair of skinny jeans, just be sure to let the waist show.
For the Urban Hipster
Yours Truly 24k 5-Panel Hat ($40, yourstrulybrand.com)
Accessories are an easy way to dive into a trend without fully committing. Rock this fitted cap to give your everyday look some serious edge. And it'll keep you looking fly on any bad hair days.
-Patrice J. Williams
Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and budget style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She dishes on fashionable, affordable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for daily fashion updates.