Photo courtesy of Alexander Wang

Leather is one of those things that you may associate mainly with cold weather climates or specific activities-think East Coast city dwellers or motorcycle enthusiasts.

It definitely has an urban quality to it, which probably makes most people think that is has no place whatsoever in a tropical climate like Hawai’i.

In the past, this may have been true, but not any longer. So many designers are using leather on a regular basis that it has moved past solely being the “main attraction” and is used as smaller accents. Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Celine and Calvin Klein all touted their fair share of cowhide in recent collections.

Photo courtesy of Alexander Wang

Leather also has evolved and morphed into a kinder, friendlier version of its older self; it’s more pliable and way less sturdy, making it more versatile as a fabric or to be more easily used as a trim.

Leather was everywhere on the fall/winter 2012 runways, which is understandable given the season. But it also has been cropping up in seasons prior, in lighter colors, as shorts, shift dresses and even leggings, like the coveted $1,000 version from Helmut Lang, making it a fabric that’s really good for all seasons and climates-even Hawai’i.

When cooler fall nights call for a jacket, why not don a soft, buttery leather one? Shorts have been a huge trend for several seasons; a pair in leather will make you stand out. A leather skirt is almost a closet staple; buy one you love, and you’ll find yourself wearing it regularly. The truly committed also will find a regular use for leather pants or leggings; try them, you’ll love them.

Leather isn’t just activity-specific anymore- it’s become a fashion classic. And everyone should have a few classics in their closet.