I’m going to call it.
If you buy one new clothing piece this autumn-winter, then make it either a pair of black leather pants or a black leather skirt.
Now, before you go clicking away thinking oh my God the girl’s really lost it this time, stick with me while I explain where my head is at.
It started the week before last when I walked into my girlfriend’s boutique, Zambezee, at Mooloolaba, with the aim of putting together my outfits for Fashion Week. When I was handed these pants as an option, I have to admit, it was very much love at first sight.
And a bit like seeing your dream car EVERYWHERE once you decide that’s what you really want to buy, everywhere I turned last week, I saw leather.
Leather pants, leather trims, leather skirts, leather tops, leather dresses … it was a leather festival of love (and faux leather is very much ok when it comes to this look). And I wanted in.
So, I gave the leather pants a permanent home in my wardrobe and, just as a warning, I’ll be wearing them at any given opportunity through winter.
Next on my leather wishlist is a pencil skirt. I’ve ordered one online but won’t share until it arrives and I’m happy with the shape and size.
The other reasons for my the leather-lusting?
1. It’s a fashion bandwagon that regularly comes around it’s one that most people can easily jump on.
2. The addition of leather into an outfit lifts the whole look a little, giving it a little polish. Even if you’re doing casual.
Pants shopping suggestions
1. Wonderlust PU spliced leggings @ The Iconic $60 | 2. Shilla ponte and faux leather leggings @ The Iconic $79.95 | 3. Witchery leather spliced ponte leggings $189.95 | 4. Seed leather-look panelled leggings $89.95 | 5. ASOS petite leather-look leggings $25.51
1. Ok, so we are potentially heading into the “leggings as pants” territory when putting together outfits based around such leather or leather-look pants. I KNOW. I did it every day last week. For me the test is always whether I’m covering my front and my back bottom with the shirt/top/tunic I’m wearing over the top. But that’s just me … because this fabric is way thicker than a pair of tights then you do have a bit more leeway. If you are petite and blessed with long pins then shorter tops and even tucked in tops in some waistband styles will work for you. Go for it.
2. The combination of leather plus ponte or viscose really does give you comfort plus style in a pant. And if you’re not too keen to dip your legs totally in leather, then the styles that include splices or panels down the side will offer a good option that’s still very much on trend.
3. This style of pant is so suited to ankle boots, knee-high boots, strappy heels, pumps, ballet flats … it’s as versatile in the shoe department as the skinny jean.
4. Work the contrast of textures. For example, a feminine silk top looks even better when “toughened” up against some leather. And a slump-style tee says casual but when worked back with leather pants, it says rock chic.
5. If there is any ponte or stretch in the design at all, do buy at least one size down from your normal jeans size … maybe two. Try the different sizes on. You want them to be super firm as they will give and and bunch up in the leg if too big.
Skirt shopping suggestions
1. Stitches leather trim skirt $129 @ Birdsnest | 2. Country Road leather skater skirt $249 | 3. Trenery leather skirt $299 | 4. ASOS Curve leather skirt with jersey trim $90.89 (on sale) | 5. Saba leather skirt $499
1. What you wear with your leather skirt will depended on the style of the skirt. Think contrasts again. For a pencil skirt, think floaty blouse. The blouse can still be tucked in but the softness of silk will contrast with the distinct lines of the skirt. For a full skirt, tucking in is a must for that contrast and creating shape. Also avoid the full skirt if, like me, you are short in the waist and your hips are already full enough 😉
2. I love the ankle boot look with the pencil style skirts and the shorter skater style. It’s not for everyone but it’s worth a try. If in doubt choose a boot that’s nude in colour as this will elongate rather than truncate the leg. Kitten heels and higher pumps look amazing with any of the knee-length skirts. Cute pointy ballet flats would work with the skater style.
3. Like with the pants above, if you don’t want the full leather look; opt for a design that includes leather as a trim.
A timely suggestion …
The Witchery OCRF (Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation) White Shirt campaign is back for 2013. This is a cause very, very close to our family’s heart. Not a day goes by that we don’t miss my husband’s mum. She was the most beautiful soul, taken from us way to early by this God-awful cancer.
These are my three faves from this year’s White Shirt collection. Nothing says style like a black and white ensemble. Why not team your leather pants or skirt with a garment that is also raising vital money for Ovarian Cancer research?
Great tips on protecting and caring for your leather garments here.
Grab some more styling ideas from my Leather Pinterest board.
Are you already on board the leather pants or skirt bandwagon this season? If so what have you bought and from where? What are you wearing with your leather pieces?