ESC: Dare to Wear, Julianne Hough

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This rule-bending look offers a fresh spin on a timeless fabric.

You know and love leather for its durability, flexibility and the undeniable truth that, when you're wearing it, you look like a total badass. The textile has long been a closet staple in the form of jackets, belts, dresses and pants, but you've probably never considered it as suitable top. That is, until now.

Yesterday, Julianne Hough proved not only can a leather top make you look incredibly cool, but it's also a great option for any sexy-casual occasions you might have in the books (like talk show appearances, book signings, important know, normal stuff!). 

ESC: Dare to Wear, Julianne Hough

And for the times when baring a little chest is borderline inappropriate, layer a belted button-down shirt over top and finish off the look with a pair of sleek trousers to give your top some more mileage.

Whether you want to be a bit more covered up (like the "low" option above) or you're wanting to show a bit more skin (like the "high" option above), no matter how you spin it the outcome is the same: You look really, really cool. 

Zara Frilled Faux Leather Top, $26; BCBGMAXAZRIA Cladiana Top, $111; T by Alexander Wang Leather Bra Top, $198

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