Fashion Outfits

Styling Monochrome Leather

Words: @oliverinstead • Photos: David

I was so close to title this Leather Monochrome or How to Keep Your White Leather Clean & Pristine, but even I knew that would’ve been a mouthful and a half. As the working title would suggest, I’m going to share with you guys a few tips to keep your white leather items looking almost like new at all times.





1. Regular spot clean. There is no magic answers to how to keep your whites clean, you simply get your hands dirty and clean them. I do this almost every time after they’ve been worn. If you don’t have the time and patience, then I’d suggest doing it every other wear. Your shoe care kit doesn’t need to be elaborate – I personally have a toothbrush stolen from one of my hotel stays and a bag of trainer wipes I bought from eBay for cheap, combining both of which works a treat.





2. Prevention is key. Common sense really – don’t wear white leather (or white of any kinds for that matter) if you’re going to partake in a paintball fight or board the tube because, speaking from experience, residents of London don’t give two fucks about your new, clean, shiny shoes. Trust me.


mono005Another thing I do which sounds like a no-brainer is that I check the weather forecast beforehand to make sure there is little chance of rain before deciding to give my white leather shoes an outing.





3. Store them out of sunlight. If you want to go that extra mile, store your (especially white) leather shoes away from direct sunlight when you are not wearing them. I believe this is the case for most people anyway, otherwise find a new storage space for your shoes as this will help prolong your efforts in maintaining the whiteness and considerably delay the yellowing process.



mono008I hope you have picked up a couple of tips and tricks from this post in keeping your white leather clean and pristine, in fact, feel free to comment below if you have one or two of your own to share! 我希望你在这张帖子学到如何保护你爱鞋,如果你有啥家传秘方的话请在留言板上慷慨给大家分享啦!


Oliver ❤

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  • Reply
    May 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Great tips and I just remember why my leather couch is tarting to fade abs that’s because there is direct sunlight hitting that area.

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    Angela Milnes
    May 1, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I totally agree. I avoid wearing white when there is potential for it to get really dirty…although I don’t play paintball often! I like the black and white top!

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    May 1, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I never manage to keep white shoes clean for long, I usually end up wearing my white trainers out in the rain because it’s always raining in Manchester! Love the layering in this look x

    nishKpatel | A Manchester Style & Beauty Blog

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    May 2, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Always love your style Ol! keep it up! hope you’re well.

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    May 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Great look and fab style! I like the black and white top with the white bag! So stylish.

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    Amy Hunt
    May 2, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Brilliant pairing of fabrics and design, it look brilliant and great tips! x

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    Dean of Little Steps
    May 2, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Nice! I’ve always liked the monochrome look 🙂

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    Miss Kitty Kaos
    May 2, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    These are some great tips almost tempted to get some white leather!

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    May 2, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Who knew!? This is such an informative post. If I ever own anything that’s white leather I will keep your tips in mind! 🙂 (you guys look so awesome, by the way!)

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      May 2, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Guys? Haha!! There’s only one of me… like what they call ‘limited edition’ ? but I’m glad you were fooled, that was the point of the doppelgänger editing. Thanks for the comment!

      Oliver x

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    Ana De- Jesus
    May 2, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Loved the doppelganger editing how did you do that? It is important to keep your leather out of direct sunlight for too long and be careful with stains too! Some excellent tips here!

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      May 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Oh, Ana, the wonders Photoshop can do is boundless. ?

      Oliver x

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    amy lyons
    May 5, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    You look incredible and the location is amazing! Your blog photos are really great, it’s so refreshing to see a male blogger with such a great fashion blog in such a female dominated industry xx

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    May 6, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Great tips- I swear by Vanish for white clothes, obviously leather is a little different! I try to stay away from white shoes personally though, as I even if I plan to be careful something gets on them!

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      May 6, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Dr Beckmann is def my fav whitening product for clothes – I use it very so often and just chuck all my white clothes into the washer, the effects are incredible.

      Oliver x

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    Elsa Lee
    May 6, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Do you do this also with your bag?

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      May 6, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      I do! Except for the canvas parts where it gets slightly trickier…

      Oliver x

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