All hail the leather shift dress

It seems like leather shift dresses are been popping up everywhere.  From Zara last fall to Valentino this spring, leather comes in many styles and colors.  But no style more often than the shift, which is great for us short, non-super model types.

Here are a few photos of this great trend in women’s dressing, and one of those pieces that you can splurge on because undoubtedly, it will be “in style” forever!

Valentino, Spring 2012

Vince Leather Shift Dress, $795

Zara metallic leather dress, Fall 2011

Jennifer Aniston in Leather Shift Dress, Celine Fall 2011

Cacharel Knit-Trimmed Leather Shift Dress, price upon request

Daily Covet: The Perfect Dress

I am always on the hunt for a great dress – as you can see by the endless number of posts I’ve done on “the dress.”

This week, I have run across two of the most UH-MAZING, and dare I say simple in the most fantastic way, dresses.  And fondly enough, they were both worn to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

One is this navy leather shift by 3.1 Phillip Lim.  The leather is so butter-soft looking, and really lets you highlight gorgeous gams because of its simplicity.  It looks great here with strappy sandals, but imagine it with some fierce knee boots!

Shailene Woodley in 3.1 Phillip Lim

And what’s not to absolutely love about this Louis Vuitton frock?  Elegant, simple, totally wearable for any body type and another great way to show off fabulous footwear.  Although the shoes are positively covet-worthy, I probably would’ve worn it with chunky gold to pump up the stunning emerald color – buuuuut Rooney didn’t ask me to be her stylist that day…  her loss.

Rooney Mara in Louis Vuitton