No reason to get prudish about it. I'm not going to get all 50 Shades on you.
When I was younger, I didn't think leather looked right on me. Too armored, too mature.
Now I wear leather for the exact reasons I avoided it as a kid. Leather toughens up any outfit, articulates your lines.
When you're younger, you can get away with loose, cottony things. Later, you want structure and polish -- blazers, crisp button-downs, slicked-back hair.
I'm not talking about shoes and purses, because those aren't de facto statement pieces. I'm walking about statement leather -- detailing in your shirt, panels in your coat, etc.
But leather is also kind of tricky if you're not in a position to be a dominatrix at work or a biker chick at the grocery store. That's why I love delicate harnesses and sculptural leather. They don't have the heavy-handed connotations of "hard" leather, and bring another sort of sexy tough elegance to any outfit.
Here's what I'm wearing above:
Tank: VPL // Sculptured Vest: Manish Arora ( I got it at Oak forever ago and can't find it online. When you see a totally unique piece like this -- you have to get it or else you will regret it.) // Skirt: Theory // Lipstick: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in Black Dahlia
Some other pieces I love (btw, I'm also on Polyvore!)