Say it with leather. That's the guideline for third anniversaries (which, by the by, it just so happens to be for a certain little Thursday feature in the Style section). Tanned hide can be very lovey-dovey in an expensive bomber jacket sort of way.

Leather -- like your relationship -- is an investment. So, those $300 shoes really say, "I believe in this marriage." That $400 hobo says, "We're gonna make it."

Tricia Kenney, fashion director of the Leather Apparel Association, believes leather has a romantic side. (We picture Cupid in chaps.) "There is an opulence about it," she says, especially when you add in embellishments like fur and the tones of the season -- garnet, cranberry, cocoa, rust and shades of plum.

"I love the smell of it. That's why I wanted to base my company around it," says Michael Orr, designer of Prua -- a locally based leather home furnishings and accessories brand. "It's a natural product," he says. "It's virtually indestructible -- it lasts forever. It'll probably last longer than most relationships."

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

M. Flynn Fame hobo in sky ($298) and Vintage clutch in metal ruby ($199) at or 617-292-0079.Coach Mercer Edition Leap Chair by Steelcase, $1,698 at or 866-262-2440.Mark Nason Legacy shoes in caramel soft burnished leather, $289.29 at Carbon, 1203 U St. NW.Prua mini iPod holders ($48) and cuffs ($40) at Prua, 2601 P St. NW, second floor.