I think long and hard before I add a new piece to my wardrobe.
I think about whether that piece will suit any of the varied occasions that can crop up in my life and I also think about whether it’s something that can work with pieces in my existing wardrobe.
The thinking process was fast.
It was a bargain. Sure, it wasn’t my size but I was confident that with a professional alteration, it would work in my winter wardrobe for any number of occasions.
The skirt cost me under $100 and the alteration $50 (I found a leather alteration specialist in my area via Gumtree). Winning.
And this weekend it earned its keep on two different outings, which required two different styles of dressing.
What I love about the skirt – and in general all leather, faux or real – is that it immediately offers a different texture to your outfit. This makes it easy to create an outfit of contrasting textures. When you start contrasting textures in your outfit, you add interest. It’s that simple.
Leather skirt outfit 1
The skirt’s first outing was to Sydney for a work trip on Friday. I’d been warned that the weather would be on the cold side. This excited me as I was keen to bring out a new knit Mr SY had bought me for Mother’s Day. My 5.30am start also meant that it was cold in my part of the country too.
The knit is on the loose side (just how I like them) and this also contrasts with the fitted lines of the skirt. The pattern of the knit meant that I was happy to keep everything else on the minimalist side. Except for a bit of bling around the neck.
I also loved being able to wear ankle boots with something other than pants. I’m a fan of keeping the line of the legs streamlined with the same colour boots and tights. (Want an ankle boots refresher course? Check out this post)
Whenever I have these early starts, I wash, dry and straighten my hair the night before. This means that at most all I need to do the next morning is run my irons through the top sections. Sometimes I don’t even need to do that.
For a long day on the road and planes, I call on my workhorse foundation – Illamasqua Skin Base – it’s formulated like a BB cream but creates a flawless, airbrush-like finish that lasts all day.
And because my outfit was mostly black and grey, I wanted to pop the lips (OF COURSE). My lippie of the day was also a long-lasting one – Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Lovesick*, a bold pink moisturising stain in a chubby pencil style applicator. It served me well, only needing touch ups on the inner lips after eating.
Leather skirt outfit 2
The next night, Mr SY and I were heading out in Brisbane for a parents’ cocktail party at Mr 17’s university college. Thanks to Super Sister-in-Law, Mr 7 had a sleepover with his cousins, leaving the two of us to have a sleep over of our own … at one of our fave hotels.
The cocktail party was held outside on the riverfront terrace. It wasn’t super cold but not balmy either. Instead of wearing a cocktail frock, I figured that the leather skirt could be sassied-up to meet the dress code.
Into my wardrobe I looked and found a Country Road silk shirt from last spring and a fave statement necklace. Once again, I was looking for that contrast of textures in the one outfit. In this case it was contrasting with more feminine textures.
In keeping with the theme, sheer stockings were required. There were none lurking in my drawer from last winter, on account of the fact that sheer hosiery and I are not good friends. I usually manage to ladder them as I put them on – or during their first wear.
I always buy an insurance policy pair as a backup for occasions like this. As I was running through my local Myer store on Saturday to buy said pair of sheer stockings – and their backup – I may have got a little caught up in the Super Saturday sale, in particular the 25% off shoes. And I may or may not have come home with these Wayne by Wayne Cooper heels.
The wrap? The most divine cashmere in a splash of deep red from Everyday Cashmere*. It provided just the warmth I needed and a little more occasion to the outfit.
Oh and the clutch? I may or may not have got all the way to Brisbane before realising I’d totally forgotten to bring a clutch with me for the event. Super Sister-in-Law didn’t have one she could lend me either. A quick shop at a boutique in the hotel complex and my first world outfit crisis was averted.
I didn’t really need another clutch (I know, I can’t believe I just wrote that either) so gave the clutch over to Super Sister-in-Law the next morning. I know where it lives if I never need to borrow ;).
ASOS Curve leather skirt altered to fit $95.28 (on sale) | Country Road silk shirt | Everyday Cashmere Tango Wrap $310.10 * | Salita Matthews necklace | Olga Berg clutch | Peter Lang cocktail ring | Wayne by Wayne Cooper heels
Employed a smokey eye for the occasion. Always find that this is like the makeup icing on a cocktail outfit cake.
Hair-wise, I changed it up a bit with some outward flicks using my ghd Eclipse straighteners. This is actually just as easy as doing a full straight style as all you are essentially doing is pulling your hair through the irons and engineering a slight upward movement at the ends. A bit of hairspray and you’re set.
Oh, and this outfit definitely called for siren-like nails. Worked them with a strong, creme red, Orly’s Risque Encounter* (available July). Can’t wait till then? Try Orly’s Down Right Red.
Have you jumped on the leather or faux leather bandwagon yet this season? How are you wearing your leather pieces?