Real or fake, I wear all classifications of leather. I absolutely love how real leather ages and how faux leather always looks brand new. Both are equally fashionable today and the most important thing to remember when you want to incorporate the two options into your closet is their different characteristics and purposes. Like the designer, Altuzarra said, “If you go to a vegetarian restaurant and you order a vegan burger, if you’re expecting it to taste like a meat burger, you’re going to be disappointed. But if you sell it as just its own thing, that it’s a patty made with vegetables — that it’s a fabric of its own, in this case — you have to embrace it for what it is.”
Real leather gained its popularity from being incredibly durable way before it gained its cool factor. The fabric was designed to take a beating, making it ideal for road warriors. It is undoubtedly expensive and the only way to get around this facet is if you #gofaux! The Faux leather started in the 70s when scientist experimented with polyurethane to make it look real, giving it the nickname pleather. Becoming fashion forward for the very reasons that it costs less, doesn’t involve the death of animals, and is easily customizable by designers. But faux leather won’t age or discolor, doesn’t have the same smell and feel, and its non-biodegradable nature leads people to find it wasteful.
In this look, which leather item do you think is real or fake? I won’t make you scroll down to find out that the jacket is 100% lambskin and the maxi skirt is 100% polyester. Though you have to admit that it’s not easy to distinguish the real leather from the faux leather, which is why I ultimately think the latter does so well. Combining the two options can make for a captivating look that normally would cost you a fortune. Although comparable, faux leather will never be real leather and vice verse. There will always be those pieces that you invest in to have for life and the inexpensive ones will give you the opportunity to experiment. The bottom line here is to know what to expect from whichever option you chose to wear.