Loungeable Leather Pants

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So, my husband and I went for a walk through the Adelaide CBD (Australia) and came across some amazing street art. And thought, what a great backdrop for a lazy Sunday afternoon photoshoot! It really is inspiring propping yourself up against some cool, edgy art. It actually makes me think more creatively when I am surrounded by such inspiration.

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And got me thinking about some of my favourite items in my wardrobe — my leather pants! These are the first pair I bought, after a very long time searching. I wanted to them to feel buttery and soft, yet have a good shape, and be super comfortable. And I must admit, these tick all those boxes. You need to be comfortable in leather, otherwise you can walk around looking like you worked too hard at the gym two days prior (you know, DOMS)!

I also thought I would only wear black leather pants until I found these. And in actual fact, I find myself wearing these pants more than my black pair. They add a really soft subtle look to any outfit, and are so easy to match with other colours. But I must admit, this pink jacket really pops against the blue and the backdrop.

I often pair my leather pants with black, grey, white and pink. These are the type of colours that suit people with winter skin colour (more about this at a later time).

 

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A few key things to look for when searching for the perfect pair of leather pants:

  • Opt for a leather pant with a good amount of stretch to them to allow for natural movement. You don’t want to feel like you are going to split them every time you hop in your car!
  • Try on different pairs to find what tailoring suits you best, i.e. high waisted, zip on the side, pockets, cropped, seam across the thigh, legging or jean style. I prefer a higher waist as it elongatesĀ the legs.
  • Take them to a reputable tailor to ensure you get the right length for you. There’s nothing worse then having bunched leather at the ankles. You will need to work out whether you will wear them more with boots (seen in this post) or flats. You can compromise with a length in between for versatility if you prefer (that’s what I did).
  • Always buy quality. This is really important when it comes to the quality of the leather and the stitching – particularly around the in-seam. The better the quality the better you will feel in them. And leather pants should feel amazing!

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We all know leather isn’t cheap, so make sure you are making the right choice for YOU. You have to love them! And when you do love them, you will soon realise how often you want to wear them. I have found that my leather pants have replaced my jeans many times. The fact that I can throw on a cashmere sweater, jacket and some boots and feel cool and confident, makes me so happy! As much as I like to experiment with different outfits and styles, I also appreciate styling really good basics and being able to head out the door looking effortlessly put together.

The best thing about leather pants, is that they are so flattering and ageless. I know young girls that wear them with silky tops and heels for a night out on the town, and middle aged women that throw on a trench and some flats for the weekend. I can ensure you that you will absolutely love the addition of leather pants to your wardrobe.

I will write more about the perfect leather pants in another post…but for now, let’s admire this beautiful art seen on the streets of Adelaide. šŸ™‚

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What I’m wearing:

Pants – Willow (unfortunatelyĀ doesn’t exist anymore), for similar styles check out Kitx on http://www.kitx.com.au

Jacket – http://www.marcs.com.au

Sweater – http://www.sassandbide.com.au

Boots – http://www.tonybianco.com.au

Bag – http://www.oroton.com.au

 

Leather & Soie – K

 

 

Double leather

We held my recent 30th birthday at a beautiful winery in the Adelaide Hills, called Howard Vineyard. It was a spectacular afternoon with family and friends amongst some beautiful scenery, with good wine and food (see the magnificent cheese platter a couple of pics below!). Ā If you head up to the winery, make sure you taste the 2013 Amos Cabernet Franc – a great drop!

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cheese platter

 

So, by now it would be pretty obvious I love leather! I have always had an obsession with it, but the last few years I have really enjoyed experimenting with different ways of styling leather. For me, it’s about creating a really interesting, textured look that has an edgy element to it whilst remaining feminine. You can see with this outfit it was about creating a silhouette that let the boots compliment the skirt and jacket as opposed to being a stand out feature. This was achieved by pairing the boots with a gorgeous flowy skirt, and tailored leather jacket.

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These Scanlan Theodore boots were an amazing purchase; because I have already found so many ways to style them. They look great with short skirts, flowy dresses, and long sweaters. To be honest, they really are just a great alternative to wearing pants! Practical and chic!

But in all seriousness, they are really comfortable and super warm – perfect for Autumn and Winter. I really do believe every woman needs to invest in a good pair of boots that can be worn with everything.

Leather jackets….I believe you can never get enough wear out of a leather jacket! What I really like about this one is the edginess and the structure. It provides a beautiful tailored silhouetteĀ that goes brilliantly with skirts, jeans, and even over dresses. The key to providing an edgy yet feminine look is all in the tailoring. Look for pieces that cinch in at the waist and is fitted well all throughout. You can always take your items to a good tailor and have them do it for you. It will cost more, but in my opinion is very much worth it. Every few months I take items to get tailored to ensure they fit my right.

Note: if you do wish to get your leather items tailored, ensure they are a reputable leather tailor. Leather can be stitched or glued and requires careful attention. Not only that, leather items are not cheap and you would hate to find out your item was ruined due to inexperience or lack of care.

Details…

I got this beautiful Classic Double-flap Chanel handbag for my birthday and have worn it with so many different outfits. It really does live up to its name; classic. It is hands down one of the most beautiful handbags, and the best birthday present ever!

Below is my adorned Oscar de la Renta statement earrings. Another classic piece that will always be on trend. They are so elegant yet bold. What I really appreciate about these earrings is that they are clip-on, which means they don’t weigh down my ears as much as the weight is distributed. I definitely recommend buying clip-ons for big earrings like this to save your pierced ear lobe! No one likes a saggy ear lobe as you get older!

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Thanks for dropping by. I’d love to hear your feedback on leather, styling or any of the pieces featured in this post or on my site. šŸ™‚

Outfit details:

Jacket – Willow (not around anymore), but try Kitx for beautiful tailored leather jackets on http://www.kitx.com.au

Skirt – C/meo Collective (Aus Fashion Labels) http://www.cmeocollective.com

Boots – Scanlan TheodoreĀ www.scanlantheodore.com

Earrings – Oscar de la Renta on http://www.matches.com

Handbag – Chanel http://www.chanel.com

Location – Howard Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, Australia Ā www.howardvineyard.com

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Leather & Soie -K

Styles that never fade – part 3

Lace and leather sitting

Lace

Have you ever seen lace go out of fashion? I am struggling to find a time when it wasn’t in. Lace actually started back in the sixteenth century; handmade by a needle and bobbin. Because of the labour intensive nature of lace, it was very expensive. This is why it was seen on Royal families as features on their ruffled collars. Today lace is made with a machine, thus far more affordable for the common folk.

 

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Fast forward today; lace is used everywhere, for all different styles. I really enjoy adding lace to enhance the textures of my outfits. It’s such an easy way to increase uniqueness!

I have a few white and black lace tops and skirts that have been in my wardrobe for many years. They are so easy to style, and go with all my other classic or on trend pieces. You really know you’re onto something when items survive my yearly cull!

If you make one smart purchase this year; buy a lace top!

 

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I actually bought this top quite a few years ago, so much so that the brand (Jagged) doesn’t exist anymore. Nevertheless, tops like these can be found all over the world. I teamed this with an Aje leather skirt, white earrings (that I found for $10 at the Plant 4 Bowden Fashion Markets), Tony Bianco shoes, Tom Ford sunglasses and my Bally bag. Casual, effortless and cool.

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Love to hear your thoughts on lace and other classic ‘styles that never fade.’

Top: Jagged (by the same group from Australian Fashion Labels) http://www.ausfashionlabels.com.au

Skirt: http://www.aje.com.au

Sunglasses: http://www.tomford.com

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

Bag: http://www.bally.com

Earrings: fashion market purchase