I may have been born at the tail end of the '80s, but I still consider myself to be a '90s child. I wore floral leggings with oversize T-shirts, tied my hair with a rainbow of scrunchies, and donned my light-up trainers with pride. Of course, perhaps with the exception of the scrunchie, I would never wear such items now, but it seems there are a plethora of cool '90s trends I missed out on because of my age. And the most notable has to be the leather blazer.
Practically the uniform of the '90s A-list elite—think Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Cindy Crawford—the leather blazer was easily the coolest cover-up of the decade. Most commonly worn with slip dresses, vintage denim, or a pair of tiny rectangle sunglasses, it now appears the throw-on is making a comeback and is being styled much the same as it was in its heyday.
Arket was the first brand we registered as resurrecting the trend, with its perfectly slouchy leather blazer. Since then, it's won a legion of loyal fans and began featuring regularly in the sleekest outfits on our Instagram feed. Then that was it—we began spotting leather blazers left, right and centre, gracing new-in sections across both high-street and high-end shopping circuits.
Keep scrolling to see just how much outfit mileage it can give you. Then once you're sold (which we have a feeling you will be), proceed to shop our edit of the best leather blazers—be it vegan or the real thing.
Make like stylist Sylvie and wear yours over a slip dress and finish with mules for a complete '90s homage.
The leather blazer pairs perfectly with classic items, such as a stripe jumper and black trousers.
Cindy Crawford donned leather blazers from 1991, right the way through the decade.
Who said your leather blazer needs to be restricted to black?
The thickness of the leather makes this blazer the ideal cold-season cover-up.
Camille Charriere gives her leather blazer a downtime spin with white jeans and a baseball cap.
Gwyneth Paltrow pairs her leather blazer with on-point grey and white tones in 1995.
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This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.