Here, a fail-safe plan for striking a perfectly cool balance between hard and soft, sexy and not-too-sweet—whether you’re in the mood for love or not.

Crazy in Love

Leather adds racy sophistication to a debutante-beloved silhouette.

Lambskin dress, calfskin boots, both, Louis Vuitton, prices on request, at select Louis Vuitton stores nationwide.

Try It With

1. A sleek choker adds a bold counterpoint to a sweetheart neckline. 

Gold and diamond necklace, Ana Khouri, price on request, collection at Barneys New York

2. Pretty in Pink is back…in black. 

Python dress, Olivier Theyskens, price on request, visit

3. Bubblegum pink + snakeskin scales = a match made in fashion heaven. 

Python-embossed leather ankle boot, Zadig & Voltaire, $528, visit