[Photo from Matches Fashion - $562, available here]
I wish I owned a piece of leather clothing (other than jackets of course). I'm talking shirts, skirts, dresses–the closest I've come so far is almost buying this dress by BB Dakota, but despite a heavy mark-down I passed because the fit was way off. I wouldn't normally associate leather with warmer-weather looks, but this white laser-cut t-shirt by Lover screams spring. I really like the delicate eyelet-esque detailing, a crisp and contemporary take on 'broderie anglaise' according to the brand. It's fresh and elegant and would be a dream to dress up or down. Until I find the perfect leather piece, I'm more than happy to day-dream about this one.
A few months ago, I read an article that said leather pants were women’s number one most-regretted fashion-related purchase (to be exact, 46% percent of 2,000 women polled said they were afraid they’d look tacky or cheap when wearing a pair). I don’t share this opinion, although my version from H&M seen here isn’t crafted from genuine leather so there was no major monetary investment made on my part when I snagged a pair earlier this fall. I will admit that they can be a little tricky to wear (my tip is to leave your shirts un-tucked and keep other styling to a minimum), but they effect they produce–they’re a look that is somehow both trendy and sexy–is well worth it.
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Tank: Black Tank, H&M
Blazer: Tuxedo Blazer in White, H&M [$49.50, not available online]
Pants: Faux Leather Pants, H&M [$34.95, available in stores, see here]
Shoes: Emmie Flats in Black, Lucky Brand [$59, available here]
Scarf: Black Fringed Scarf, H&M [old]
Bag: Rocco Duffel Bag in Black with Pale Gold Hardware, Alexander Wang [$895, available here]
Jewelry: Diamond Ring with Yellow, White and Rose Gold Diamond Overlap, Trio by Effy Collection [was $2850, available here]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]; Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here]
Nails: Essie’s “Wicked”
A few weekends ago I went to a West Point 'Army' football game with a group of family and friends (check back tomorrow for some game-day pics). The crowds and fans were intense, and even though I am the first to admit that I'm not the biggest sports fan, the day was a lot of fun. I had however been looking forward to one thing from the start: fall fashion in the stands. For me that meant a leather jacket and boots. I bought this BB Dakota shrug last year and love it more every time I put it on. Not only is it a unique color for leather–as in not black or brown–it's got just the right amount of slouch to be comfy and stylish without too much effort.
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Shirt: Essential Sheer Racerback Tank in White, Forever21 [$12.80, available here]
Jacket: Damon Leather Jacket in Gray, BB Dakota [was $225,
Jeans: Janice Legging in Black, Not Your Daughter's Jeans [$98, available here]
Shoes: Wendall Boot in Black, DV by Dolce Vita [$169,
Bag: No Slouch Faux Straw Dome Satchel in Black, Kenneth Cole New York [was $198,
Jewelry: Diamond Ring with Yellow, White and Rose Gold Diamond Overlap, Trio by Effy Collection [was $2850, available here]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]; Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here]; Micropave Diamond Band in White Gold; Channel-Set Diamond Band in Yellow Gold [was $700, available here]
[Photo from Gucci - $1950, available here]
For a person like me who's currently feeling very autumnal, this bag by Gucci is a dream. When I look at its sandy brown color, soft nubuck leather, and slouchy silhouette, all I can see are falling leaves, chunky sweaters, and knee-high boots. Gucci's 'sirrup' bag is a classic: the model, with its double handles drawn up from four corners and covered by a thick dropped strap, debuted in 1975 and has been recently brought up-to-date with a few reinventions. The equestrian touches that remain–I can count five spurs on the detailing here–are just as trademark as the luxurious exterior and logo-lined interior. An cold-weather Italian classic? Yes please.
[Photo from Net-A-Porter - $2865, available here]
Some things I covet–a +$4000 tote bag, a +$2000 dress, a +$700 coat–though extravagent, do at least have the veneer of being somewhat practical. However this skirt–not so much. I don't know why I want a leather skirt. Where exactly would I wear it? How would I accessorize it? And I could just imagine the dry cleaning bills. Blah, blah blah…I'm already distracted again by its gorgeous A-line cut and that cute thin belt around the high waist. Yep–I'm back to thinking about how much fun it would be to have a skirt just like this one hanging in my closet.
What do you think? Would you ever invest in a leather skirt, designer or not?
[Photo from Net-a-Porter - $2,465, available here]
When I admit to adoring this jacket at least I can say with confidence that I'm not the only one. It's been worn by an endless parade of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Rachael Bilson, Rihanna, Nicole Richie, Gweneth Paltrow, and most recently Victoria Beckham in NYC during Fashion Week 2011. VB remined me all over again of how much I adore its structure, most notably the edgy contrast between its fitted sleeves and cascading front. Over a dress or sweater, it's the perfect piece for fall.