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Faux Leather Pros and Cons

Faux Leather Pros and Cons

Faux leather has come a long way in recent years. I can remember my “leather” pants in middles school that were a weird mix of something between rubber and plastic. They weren’t the most luxurious garment, but they were one of my favorite pieces because they made me feel so cool! You used to be able to run your hands down a rack and immediately point out the faux materials, but now, the differences are harder and harder to tell. (That, or I’m shopping better places, both are possibilities.) I own both and constantly think about the many pros and cons of faux leather, especially during this season since they are all over!

Pros of Faux Leather:

Colors: They can make polyurethane (faux leather) in so many fun colors to go with any season and any outfit! I love the light pink/blush color one I picked up this summer at the Zara sale.

Looks like the real thing: Like I said earlier, I am so happy about the progression of what we choose to call faux leather. I picked this awesome jacket earlier this fall, and love how from just a few feet away, it looks similar to the real one I was coveting.

Less expensive: Real leather jackets are easily a few hundred to a few thousand dollars if they are designer. We all just can’t afford those. My parents did get me a great one for my birthday in college, but on my own, I’m partial to the faux price point.

Cons of Faux Leather:

Color transfer: I learned the hard way not to put two faux leather jackets next to each other in the closet. My light pink jacket now has awful gray/black splotches all over it, because when polyurethane gets warm, it sticks to itself (or the next closest like material) the color rubs off and leaves an unpleasant coloring that doesn’t come out.

Shape: Real leather tends to form to your body. Faux leather isn’t so supple, and doesn’t wear the same, so make sure you like how it fits and feels before you buy it!

Breathability: Polyurethane doesn’t breath at all, so it is hard to wear on even a slightly warm day without sweating.


Ultimately you just have to take care of your polyurethane pieces just like you would want to take care of your real leather pieces, just treat them differently!

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xoxo Kasey



  1. October 5, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Oh pleather- or at least that’s what we called faux leather’s older siblings when I was younger. I can only imagine being sewn into my clothes like ONJ on Grease. I’m so happy that fashion and faux leather has come so far in recent years. I’m looking forward to adding a few pieces to my fall collection.

  2. October 5, 2016 / 10:00 am

    I never wear leather but, I love how these outfits look on you! Really cute stuff especially the dress!

  3. Anna Cobbs
    October 5, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Love faux leather, but you’re so right that it’s not very breathable.

    xx – anna

  4. October 5, 2016 / 10:42 am

    You’ve posted some really cute clothes. I love the mini skirt and the zippered jacket.

  5. Bethanie
    October 5, 2016 / 10:49 am

    I love the black leather dress!

    Xo, Bethanie

  6. October 5, 2016 / 11:11 am

    Omg Kasey you look amazing in all of these looks! I loved reading the pros and cons. Great post! 🙂

  7. Nina
    October 5, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    Great tips on pros and cons, I always debate between splurging on the real thing or picking up faux.

    xx Nina

  8. October 5, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Eek! I don’t know if I could pull that off. You look great though!

  9. October 5, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    I love the dress and the jacket pictured in end! I can’t believe they’re poly pieces! Good tip on not keeping different colored pieces next to each other, I didn’t realize they transfered!

  10. October 5, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    I am not the biggest fan of faux leather for breath-ability, but it has come a long way and is much better for animal welfare 🙂

  11. October 6, 2016 / 6:16 am

    i’ll have to disagree with you here as faux leather is pretty easy to spot and mostly it doesn’t really look like the real thing. I think it looks good in some applications but not on “leather jackets”.

    • October 6, 2016 / 11:43 pm

      Oh no! You must be shopping at the wrong places 😉 But I do agree there are still some really bad versions out there!

  12. Ruthie
    October 6, 2016 / 7:49 am

    Such a great pros and cons list! Faux fur has come a long way!!

  13. Nataly
    October 6, 2016 / 9:38 am

    I love this! Faux leather is definitely my favorite because of the price!


  14. October 6, 2016 / 11:54 am

    This is so great – I can’t believe that blush jacket is FAUX! Such a great find!

  15. Anna
    October 6, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    SO true, I LOVE faux leather as well! I am in love with these pieces! XO

    Anna || alilyloveaffair.com

  16. October 6, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Faux leather has definitely come a long way! I never knew about the color transferring before and will now because to not keep faux leather items next to each other in my closet, thanks for the tip!

    xo Brie

  17. October 6, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Fashionista! Yoou look amazing! Outfits and shoes are on point!

  18. October 6, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    This is such a great post! Love it

  19. October 9, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Loving the faux-leather boo!! 🙂

  20. October 10, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Such a wonderful post Kasey1 I am obsessed with faux leather & love your pieces. I also love how you shared the pros & cons! xo
    Dani // http://www.daniellealexandra.com

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