Faux leather skirts are the new trend for the teenage hipster.
They’ve become so ubiquitous they’ve become an industry.
There are dozens of companies making them, but one thing is for certain: faux leather skirts make the best of it.
“Faux” means they’re fake.
They’re made of faux leather.
They don’t have any real-life leather on them.
“They look a lot like a leather skirt,” says designer Kate Upton, who is also the voice of the “Real Housewives” series.
“But they’re actually made of the finest faux leather.”
You might think it’s a stretch to call a skirt fake, but it’s actually very close to what real leather is.
“Real leather has a natural leather sheen to it that looks like real leather,” says Rebecca Zell, a professor of textile engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and co-author of The Art of Fashion Design: How Leather Works.
“With a faux leather skirt, you have the natural leather that looks more like faux leather than real leather.”
The problem is, the faux leather used to make the skirt is actually very synthetic.
The materials that make up faux leather are synthetic, meaning they’re made from a combination of synthetic materials, synthetic pigments, and organic materials.
These materials are typically sourced from animal or vegetable farms, but they can be made from plants as well.
“When you buy a faux skirt, it is not a synthetic material.
It is actually made from synthetic materials that are the natural pigments and the natural organic pigments,” says Zell.
“So you’re buying a synthetic product that’s basically made from animal tissue and vegetable tissue.”
You’ll find faux leather on everything from dresses to accessories.
“You’ll see it in the way that shoes and socks are made, and everything in between,” says Upton.
“I think we’re now at a point where you can buy an organic, sustainable, non-faux faux leather shoe.
There is no faux leather sock.
There’s no faux faux leather dress.
It’s all natural.”
Faux Leather has become so popular, it’s become a trendy trend.
A study by research firm NPD Group found that nearly 20 percent of millennials wear a faux-leather dress, which is a large jump from the 6 percent who wore a leather dress in 2012.
But not all faux leathers are created equal.
“There’s some synthetic material, some natural material that has a lot of properties of real leather.
The real leather of leather, it just has a little bit more of a patina,” says NPD’s Zell about faux leather products.
“And then there’s synthetic materials like nylon and rubber that are also synthetic.”
You can buy faux leather boots and socks, but don’t expect the leather to feel luxurious.
NPD found that in some cases, it felt very thin and flimsy.
“If you were to buy a pair of faux-mohair boots, there would be no way to feel them,” says Adam Levine, senior vice president of footwear at NPD.
“Because they would have a very low density of material, and that’s the real issue.”
NPD also found that some faux leather shoes felt like they were made from plastic.
“The synthetic materials in these shoes, the material that’s made from faux leather is really cheap,” says Levine.
“It’s really cheap to make synthetic materials for shoes.
You could make those materials for a fraction of the price, but you’re actually not going to get the quality of materials.”
Fakes are also difficult to clean, and sometimes, it can feel like the leather isn’t real at all.
The synthetic materials used to create faux leather don’t adhere well to a wash.
So, when a brand makes a faux product, they typically coat it with synthetic materials to make it feel like it’s made of synthetic material rather than real.
“Nanotubes are the best synthetic materials out there,” says Alexa LeBlanc, a fashion and lifestyle expert who has been a critic of faux and natural leather.
“Just the way they attach to the leather, the way the fabric is woven together, it feels very natural.”
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