Sandy’s biker jacket in Grease, Keanu Reeves’ coat in The Matrix, Posh and Becks’ matching Moto jackets in 1999 – if leather conjures up all the wrong connotations for you, then we are here to change your mind.

Sharp, shiny and super-structured, leather really is quite unlike anything else in your wardrobe, so that means it will immediately give basics an edge. And by basics, we mean everything from simple white T-shirts to polo-necks and cashmere knits, making it an excellent trans-seasonal material.

The secret to versatility is all in the silhouette. For AW19, that’s loose, but not lacking in structure. In fact, together with pleats and clever patterns, designers are utilising leather’s sturdiness to create pieces with architectural appeal. And the high street is also stepping up when it comes to shape – look to Arket, & Other Stories and Topshop for directional pieces around the £200 mark that will only get better with age.

Regardless, this season’s flattering, more forgiving leather pieces will work harder in your everyday wardrobe – which makes them well worth the investment. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourites right here.

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