Styles that never fade – part 2

Leather skirt Willow

A-line skirt

I am very passionate about demonstrating classic wardrobe pieces that can be worn numerous ways. Hence the continuance of my series, ‘styles that never fade,’

The term A-line was originally termed to reference a fashion silhouette by Christian Dior in the 1950s. The shape denotes the shape of a capital letter; by starting out fitted at the hips and gradually widening to the hem.

The A-line skirt has seen its way through a few different eras; starting off in the 1950s, making an impact in the 1960s, welcomed in the 1970s with its flared counterparts, and has swung back around to 2000s to become a wardrobe staple.

White top crossed legs

The A-line skirt is a true transeasonal piece; meaning it can be worn in various different ways when transitioning from seasons such as summer to autumn, or winter to spring.

This skirt is exceptionally special to me as it’s leather and adds such an interesting texture-dynamic to my outfits. The colour khaki goes with everything, but I tend to wear it with white, black, and pink.

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I teamed this look with a Viktoria & Woods white flared sleeve shirt, Nine West boots (from a fews years ago), and my classic Chanel double flap bag.

White top pole 2

This skirt is by Willow, which unfortunately doesn’t exist in Australia anymore. Kit Willow (Designer at Kitx) originally started the brand Willow and has taken her design aesthetic to new heights with the likes of her new brand – Kitx. I strongly encourage you to check it out; a beautiful Australian brand with a passion for sustainable fashion.

White top walk front

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White top walking down stairs

Other ways to style this A-line skirt:

  • Add thigh high boots and cashmere sweater – perfect for autumn or winter
  • Add white sneakers and t-shirt for an effortless autumn or spring look
  • Add stilettos, silk cami and blazer for a sophisticated business or evening look
  • Add an on trend ruffle top and slides for fresh summer look

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on this skirt/look/post, by adding a comment below.

White top walk diagonal

Skirt – Willow (not available anymore). But check out http://www.kitx.com.au for similar designs

Top – http://www.viktoriaandwoods.com.au

Shoes – http://www.ninewest.com.au

Bag – http://www.chanel.com

 

Leather & Soie – K

How to wear leather shorts with confidence.

mt lofty look over pond

As I start approaching 30 years old, I find myself reflecting more and more about what’s important. And to do that, you need to know who you are, what you like, and what you don’t like. I apply this way of thinking in all areas of life; relationships, work, hobbies, and my own style. At this point in my life, I can honestly say that I know who I am and what I want to portray to the world. I am comfortable in my own skin, and I know what works for me.

I used to never wear shorts. Mainly because I have short muscular legs, and a long torso. This stature was perfect for gymnastics and sport aerobics, but not so easy to style! But as time went on, I discovered brands that did exceptional tailoring, which made such a difference when picking out core items for my wardrobe. I started experimenting with different shapes and styles, and found a few that worked for me. I like a slightly higher waist, with a slight flare in the leg to allow for the short to fall correctly over my legs. I tend to not wear really short, shorts either! Unless of course I am at the beach. Coverage is important when portraying a classic look.

 

Mt Lofty lake

Leather has been around for a long time in fashion. In my opinion, no other fabric can compare with the unique textures, rich colors, strength, or smell of real leather. It’s in a category all its own. The joy of working with and wearing real leather is all in the longevity of the garments, and accessories that last well beyond the years of any other fabric or fibre.

But due to the nature of the material, it can be quite expensive, so it’s important to understand the different types when buying an item to ensure you are getting the look you desire.

Some items will call for a much more rigid leather to ensure the garment is structured, and other items will use a much softer leather to allow for more movement. The shorts I’m wearing in this post from Viktoria & Woods, are a mixture. The leather is soft to touch and move in, but it’s structured enough to keep it’s shape. This is particularly important when you’ve been sitting for long periods and you can get those pesky crease lines!

Looking away from leaves

I bought these shorts last year, and have gotten quite a lot of wear out of them already. I wear them both casually and dressed up; be it with a t-shirt and sneakers or a silk blouse and heels.

The colour is a soft tan which adds to its subtlety and class.

 

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Below are my tips for finding the perfect pair of leather shorts:

  • Look for clothing brands that demonstrate good craftsmanship; because leather shorts aren’t cheap.
  • Understand your size, and how they may differ from brand to brand.
  • Remember that leather can stretch a little bit, but won’t compromise the sizing too much.
  • Look for tailoring that matches your body type. I.e. Narrow waist, wider in the leg, slight flare at the leg to allow for movement. You an always send them to a reputable tailor to be nipped and tucked. Ensure the tailor can work with leather clothing before you go ahead.
  • Choose a colour that can be worn with anything. E.g. black, tan, khaki, navy.
  • I recommend going for a more relaxed, looser short rather than fitted. Leather can look tacky if it’s too tight. Not to mention, it won’t be comfortable at all.

 

 

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I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a message or send me an email on k.leatherandsoie@gmail.com

Top: http://www.seedheritage.com.au

Shorts (leather): http://www.viktoriaandwoods.com.au

Bag: http://www.bally.com

Shoes: http://www.lacoste.com

 

Leather & Soie – K

Ruffles and big sleeves…just a trend?

the lane bike

Easter, the most sacred time of the year. A time with family and friends.

We decided to head up to the Adelaide Hills to see the beautiful Autumn leaves and check out a few wineries. And oh my, were they impressive!

 

Shaw and Smith

 

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I never thought ruffles would back in such a big way. And I am so excited! Ruffles are surprisingly flattering! They add volume around the wrists, and cinch where needed and therefore helps to create a beautiful balance.

This top is by Slide Show and was very reasonably priced. But what I really appreciate about this top is that it’s made out of cotton and not polyester. Cotton is a lot more breathable than Polyester, and will last a lot longer. Price doesn’t always denote quality. Be sure to always look at the composition to understand what you are paying for.

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I teamed this Slide Show top with a casual looking pair of jeans from Ted Baker, tan stilettos from Tony Bianco and red earrings from Miss Martini. And I don’t go anywhere without my Tom Ford sunglasses!

stripe top leg up

So, are ruffles and flared sleeves just a trend? Ruffles always seem to make an appearance on spring/summer dresses in some way or another. But ruffles seen on this top make a much bigger statement. Despite this, due to how flattering it is, ruffles may stick around much longer than just one season. I would be more than happy to wear them year after year.

I feel the same re flared sleeves. They do a great job at creating a really balanced look; slimming down shoulders and arms. And because of this, I believe they will be around for some time.

I have really enjoyed experimenting with different ruffles and flared sleeves as it’s an easy way to lift a somewhat plain outfit. The most important thing is to be confident in what you’re wearing. If you feel good about what your outfit, you’re more likely to get more use out of it.

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Conclusion: Ruffles and flared sleeves are technically a trend…but trends that will stay around much longer than one season. Spend money on items that fit you well and are made of good quality materials. You can’t go wrong.

Top: http://www.slideshow.net.au

Jeans: http://www.tedbaker.com.au

Shoes: http://www.tonybianco.com.au

Earrings: http://www.missmartini.com.au

 

Leather & Soie – K

Can a denim dress be a staple?

What makes a basic item?

Made of a versatile, timeless fabric?

Can be worn year on year?

Is flattering and comfortable?

If I am going by the above criteria, then I’d say ‘yes’! This denim dress has seen me through a couple of years, is super comfortable and is easy to style. The dress is by Viktoria and Woods, an Australian fashion label that epitomises casual wear. They really know how to design flattering basics that can be worn season to season, and year to year.

I have paired this outfit with a pair of striped espadrilles from Witchery; another timeless summer classic. And a Sportsgirl scarf. This dress has worked really well with white sneakers and my hair in a ponytail as well.

denim dress front side

I believe it is important to find a few go-to dresses that you pull out of the closet, throw on some flats, accessories, and you’re good to go. The key is knowing what suits YOU! If you feel good in a particular dress, you’ll find it will be your default. And that to me, is smart investing. When you feel good, you look good. And amazing things happen when you exude confidence.

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Shoes are another one of my loves! In actual fact, it all started with shoes. I love all types; heels, flats, sneakers, slides! But what I have learnt over the years, is no matter how good they may look, if they’re not comfortable, you’re less likely to wear them. This might sound so simple, but often this is ignored! Have a think about it…do you own a pair of shoes that look amazing but are so uncomfortable? How often do you wear them? I’d admit, I’ve endured the pain many a times, but it’s usually short lived. The key is buying quality, knowing your size with different designers, and being true to yourself.

These espadrilles from Witchery are so comfortable despite the fact they are tie up; because often tie up shoes become loose over time and can be very irritating. But I have walked kilometres at a time in these puppies, and they have endured. All whilst looking super cute!

denim dress front

Sportsgirl have some great accessories. I always like to pop into a store and pick out few on-trend pieces to update any outfit. A scarf (shown above) can be worn in so many different ways; not only around your neck, but around your wrist too. I like to be creative with scarves, as they will always be in fashion. A few different patterns a worth having in your wardrobe.

 

Dress: http://www.viktoriaandwoods.com.au

Shoes: http://www.witchery.com.au

Scarf: http://www.sportsgirl.com

 

Leather & Soie – K

Baby got back & front – white on white

 

kitx hand on hip front

Baby got back and front… white on white

kitx behind portrait

I am very passionate about finding your own personal style; what works for you. And I am in agreeance with filling your wardrobe with good quality basics and timeless pieces…but I also enjoy eclectic pieces that make any outfit pop! As soon as I saw this Kitx top I had to have it! It’s got everything; off the shoulder feature, flared sleeves, corset. And for some reason, I have a feeling I will be pulling this top out for years to come despite it being vastly on trend on now.

kitx behing just top

The front of the top is just as spectacular as the back! I said that right! Because I am a sucker for back features. It is not often you get a top that is so picture worthy from both angles.

kitx behing wide shot

Kitx (top) is an Australian label by designer Kit Willow. She uses sustainable materials, whilst maintaining a beautiful luxurious feel. I really appreciate her passion for utilising recycled materials without compromising the quality of the garments. Not to mention, her innate ability to design flattering pieces for the female body.

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I went with white on white, as it provides a really good silhouette for the top. And surprisingly, an all white outfit can be really flattering. Here I have teamed this with a pair of white jeans, which is a must have basic item that can be worn season to season with any look. I was apprehensive in buying a pair of white jeans at first, but have found ways it works well with my wardrobe. **Tip: wear nude coloured underwear a size bigger than you would usually go under white pants/skirts/dresses. That way you don’t have lines or marks.

The Witchery scarf and espadrilles help to lift the monochrome look.

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P.s This is not a sponsored post. I style and write about what I believe in. And I like to give credit where credit is due.

If you wish to check out similar designs by the designers I have mentioned, see links below.

Top: http://www.kitx.com.au

Scarf & Shoes: http://www.witchery.com.au

Jeans: http://www.seedheritage.com.au

 

 

Thanks for dropping by!

 

Leather & Soie – K