#1: Wear with checkers

Jump on two huge trends right now by marrying patent leather and checkers. One way is to throw a patent leather coat over a tartan ensemble, just like above – the outfit looks put together due to the dominant red colour palette. Keep the edgy vibe going with sturdy combat boots.

Solace London leather coat, US$2,053 (S$2,727), www.net-a-porter.com
Christopher Kane wool skirt, €545 (S$874), www.mytheresa.com
Dr Martens leather boots, $229, Zalora

#2: Sports luxe

Go for a slightly athletic vibe by wearing your patent leather coat with striped, loose-fit pants. Pro tip: keeping your pieces in the same colour family – like purple and pink – ensures the ensemble doesn’t look too overwhelming. Sequins and metallics can add a glamourous touch too.

Celine Vintage leather coat, $3,670, www.farfetch.com
Polyester-blend trousers, $69.90, Topshop
Prada sequin and tulle dress, US$7,205 (S$9,569), www.modaoperandi.com

#3: Play with lengths

Different proportions make an outfit infinitely more interesting. If you have a shorter, cropped patent leather jacket, try pairing with a knee-length dress or skirt, and layer that over a pair of pants or jeans. The eclectic combination will surely turn heads.

Ganni polyester jacket, US$287 (S$381), www.net-a-porter.com
Polyester-blend skirt, $49.90, Zara
Cotton-blend jeans, $59.90, Mango

#4: All-black

If you’re still uncomfortable with patent leather, a fail-safe way to rock the material is to go for a classic, all-black outfit. Wear a black patent leather coat with basic pieces like a black sweater and jeans. You can choose to add a pop of colour with a bright bag.

Skiim leather coat, $4,769, www.farfetch.com
Gucci Dionysus leather shoulder bag, €690 (S$1,106), www.mytheresa.com
Polyester-blend sweatshirt, $19.95, H&M

#5: Go monochrome

If you’re slightly more adventurous, why not try for an outfit in a standout shade from head-to-toe? In this case, red was the colour of choice, but any eye-catching shade works. Keep the look from being too boring by mixing different proportions and lengths.

Viscose-blend sweatshirt, $89.90, Zara
Polyester jacket, $139, H&M
Viscose-blend track pants, $56.90, Topshop

#6: An elegant take

Patent leather can also look ultra sophisticated too, if styled right. In this case, a pretty, pink patent leather coat is paired with a beautiful silver sequin dress, and black and silver Mary Jane pumps. Add a classy handbag or clutch to round up the look.

Valentino leather coat, $11,157, www.farfetch.com
Polyester dress, $119, Zara
Prada suede pumps, €590 (S$946), www.mytheresa.com

#7: Look out for the details

Sometimes, simple and subtle details can add a whole new dimension to a look. This burgundy patent leather coat is a prime example – the seams in a contrasting red colour makes this piece stand out. Pay attention to such details when purchasing your patent leather outerwear.

Bottega Veneta leather coat $9,780, www.farfetch.com
Alexander McQueen wool-blend blazer, US$2,455 (S$2,964), www.net-a-porter.com
Polyester pumps, $79.90, Zara

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