Faux Leather
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12 Faux-Leather Staples So Good, You Won’t Even Miss the Real Thing

Out with the old, in with the faux.

Faux leather has become one of the top trends of the season—and with reason. The fabric lends a timeless edge to classic pieces from laidback tops to retro-inspired trousers to the all-important faux-leather legging. Even more, the trend has been reimagined vis-à-vis new releases from luxury houses and contemporary brands including Nanushka, MSGM, and Emilia Wickstead, proving that faux leather is no longer a fast fashion solution.

With the increased pressure on brands to opt out of using real leather and fur in their collections, the demand for faux leather has skyrocketed in recent years. And because the material has gone through a major upgrade in terms of look and feel (goodbye, pleather), we can hardly tell the difference. Case in point? All of the key pieces in our comprehensive edit of faux-leather fashion, below. 

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Nanushka Remi Faux Leather Minidress

To say we love a mini anything is an understatement. When styled just right, these leg-baring pieces can look ultra-chic for an edgy afternoon outfit and a daring evening ensemble alike. This dress from Nanushka is no exception. Beautifully crafted from faux leather and outfitted by a robust shoulder silhouette, peak lapels, a tie perfect for emphasizing your waist, and a single-breasted front, this piece channels both masculine and feminine vibes.

NANUSHKA Remi Faux Leather Minidress available at Mytheresa for $915.00 BUY NOW
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Staud Luna Faux Leather Blouse

The ultimate boho-inspired piece, Staud’s Luna Faux-Leather Blouse is a flattering top rendered in a versatile, neutral-toned hue, that looks good and is even better for the environment. All of the blouse’s elements—from its cinched waist to its balloon sleeve and knotted back—lend a feminine touch to the piece, which pairs perfectly with the brand’s faux-leather trousers.

STAUD Luna Faux Leather Blouse available at Mytheresa for $315.00 BUY NOW
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Rowen Rose Faux Leather Jumpsuit

If your vibe veers more utilitarian than over-the-top, Rowen Rose’s Faux-Leather Jumpsuit is definitely going to be your next Holy Grail piece. Inspired by the jumpsuit trend that has made its way onto the catwalks of designers like Chanel, Victoria Beckham, and Off-White, this iteration is sleek and anchored by black faux-fur, shoulder straps that can unfasten, and an on-trend, wide-leg silhouette that makes it easy to dress up or down no matter the occasion.

ROWEN ROSE Faux Leather Jumpsuit available at Net-a-Porter for $850.00 BUY NOW
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Nanushka Artem Faux Leather Midi Skirt

For a dose of chic ’70s nostalgia, look no further than Nanushka’s Artem Faux-Leather Mini Skirt. With duo-chromatic hues in warm brown and cream, this piece is amazing no matter the season. Whether you wear it with a ribbed tee or a tucked-in cashmere top, we guarantee that this skirt will never go out of style.


NANUSHKA Artem Faux Leather Midi Skirt available at Mytheresa for $452.00 BUY NOW
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Proenza Schouler Faux Leather Over-the-Knee Boots

One trend that surfaces time and time again is dramatic, over-the-knee boots. Able to accompany absolutely any piece in your arsenal, these faux-leather shoes from ethical and highly-coveted brand Proenza Schouler feature a  round toe and flat soles for a comfy-yet-sophisticated vibe day or night.

PROENZA SCHOULER Faux Leather Over-the-Knee Boots available at Mytheresa for $786.00 BUY NOW
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Maison Margiela Faux Leather Culottes

An edgy iteration of a distinctly quintessential Bermuda style, Maison Margiela’s Faux-Leather Culottes offer an elevated option to style in a looser, yet still luxe, material. These faux-leather culottes channel the revival of the utilitarian trend with a full cupro lining and a roomy fit that makes a major statement.

MAISON MARGIELA Faux Leather Culottes available at Mytheresa for $1,065.00 BUY NOW
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Stella McCartney Embellished Faux Leather Tote

Stella McCartney’s uncompromising stance on using cruelty-free, organic, and recycled materials makes her a pioneer in sustainable luxury fashion. This season, she’s released a fun top-handle bag with a chain strap, whipstitching, and mini crystals that instantly inject a dose of glamour. A stylish staple day or night, this bag can be worn in a bevy of ways to complement a range of outfits, from blazer and trouser combos to jeans and casual sweaters. 

STELLA MCCARTNEY Embellished Faux Leather Tote available at Moda Operandi for $790.00 BUY NOW
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Matériel Tbilisi Faux Leather Minidress

The key to mastering this season's bold, power dressing trend is choosing impeccably tailored pieces, like Matériel Tbilisi's Faux Leather Minidress. This ultra-chic mini dress is designed to be worn with everything from white boots for a ’70s retro feel or cool chunky sneakers for an updated look some of our favorite street style mavens are donning. Plus, the full lining makes it easy to layer with ever-stylish turtlenecks for a cozy winter update.

MATÉRIEL TBILISI Faux Leather Minidress available at Mytheresa for $769.00 BUY NOW
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Emilia Wickstead Basset Sleeveless Faux Leather Top

Emilia Wickstead takes fashion’s recent emphasis on minimalism to a different level with this Basset Sleeveless Faux-Leather Top. Beautifully crafted from black faux leather and adorned with barely-there straps and contrast stitching, it guarantees a glamorous entry and exit regardless of where you wear it. Plus, its square neckline and nipped-in waist create a shapely silhouette.

EMILIA WICKSTEAD Basset Sleeveless Faux Leather Top available at Moda Operandi for $550.00 BUY NOW
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MSGM Faux Leather Trackpants

MSGM’s Faux-Leather Pants add an effortlessly cool vibe by way of this season’s utilitarian fad. The pants feature a relaxed leg with elasticated cuffs and a smocked waistband—all of which lend the piece a playful ’80s-inspired slant. 

MSGM Faux Leather Trackpants available at Mytheresa for $450.00 BUY NOW
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Stella McCartney Faux Leather Miniskirt

For a modern twist on classic tailoring, look no further than this skirt from Stella McCartney. With its intricate, lace-up sides, the skirt can be styled in a more edgy manner or even in a preppy style. We recommend grounding it with a chic, utilitarian boot for a tough-luxe finish, and topping it off with a trench coat for a transeasonal daily uniform.

STELLA MCCARTNEY Faux Leather Miniskirt available at Mytheresa for $720.00 BUY NOW
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Stand Studio Vida Faux Leather Bucket Hat

If you’ve recently been feeling  like you’re having an early-2000s flashback moment, it’s because you are. Bucket hats are everywhere and on everyone right now. All you need to do to tap into the trend?  Shop this sleek black Vida Faux-Leather Bucket Hat from Staud’s FW21 collection.

STAND STUDIO Vida Faux Leather Bucket Hat available at Moda Operandi for $85.00 BUY NOW
About the Author
Gretty Garcia handles features and special projects at Editorialist, and covers all things from exciting new releases to profiles on prolific figures across multiple industries. After studying at Harvard College, she began working at Editorialist and is now simultaneously pursuing her master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. When she’s not covering this season’s must-have accessories, she’s adding to her book collection or listening to culture podcasts.
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