I’m somewhere between being minimalistic and profligate….

 

Warning: this blog post is going to be somewhat contradictory to what I may have written about….because fashion.

Fashion for me is something I have always adored. From beautiful fabrics and textures to extravagant evening wear. Some days I dress as a minimalist would dress; jeans, a t-shirt and white sneakers. And other days, I cram every pattern known to woman in one outfit…along with some sequins! But then my happy-medium probably fits somewhere in between. But what sterotypical group does that fit into you ask?! What blogger doesn’t haven’t a title?! Well, to be honest I don’t fit into any one category. I’m seriously stuck somewhere between a minimalist and profligate!

Saba ruffle top, leather a-line skirt, Scanlan Theodore thigh high boots, Marc Jacobs clutch

Thinking back to my hay days; I tried every trend. Remember corduroy and tencel? I tried it. Remember stirrup pants and low waisted jeans with belly tops? I tried it! And remember low cut tops and dresses that came down to your belly button….Yep, I tried it! For me, the wow factor was something that enticed me. As I grew older and realised the importance of good quality materials, I started to make wiser choices when purchasing staple wardrobe pieces. But I felt I lost that pizzaz, that special feeling a unique dress can make you feel. Those are the outfits that made fashion exciting for me.

Saba ruffle top, leather a-line skirt, Scanlan Theodore thigh high boots, Marc Jacobs clutch

Saba ruffle top, leather a-line skirt, Scanlan Theodore thigh high boots, Marc Jacobs clutch, Viktoria & Woods coatSaba ruffle top, leather a-line skirt, Scanlan Theodore thigh high boots, Marc Jacobs clutch, Viktoria & Woods coat

And yes, I suppose I should be purchasing more conservative pieces as I work in a corporate environment. But why can’t I have both? Why can’t I have a little pizzaz in what would be an ordinary mid-week work outfit?

That’s why I like ruffles, feathers, fringing and sequins. They add an extra element to what would be a pretty plain outfit. The outfit I’m wearing in this post is fairly conservative in terms of the colour palette. But the extra detail in the sleeves and the thigh high boots add a little extra something. And if you’re anything like me, where you’re not really a minimalist, but you’re not widely extravagant (anymore) – adding a little extra ruffle and texture helps lift a somewhat plain outfit.

I really do believe the best way to pull off a few extra pizzazy pieces without compromising your level of classiness, is to pay a huge amount of attention to how well each piece fits you. And that essentially comes down to good tailoring. And there a few ways to accomplish this; size appropriately, wear styles that suit you and buy quality.

Some fast fashion stores will have pieces that fit perfectly, but most of the time I find I have to compromise on the fit. This is ok for the occasional one-season wonder, but for those pieces that are extravagant in their mere presence and have a timeless quality (e.g. long fur coat, sequin pencil skirt, or leather trench), opt for quality via good brands or vintage stores.

viktoria & woods jacket, Scanlan Theodore thigh high boots

I don’t think we need to categorise ourselves into a certain style group. My style is constantly evolving, and I like that. I pretty much know what suits me and what doesn’t, but it doesn’t mean I won’t branch out and experiment. But what I am certain, is that I love that fashion can make me feel unique and inspired. In a world full of stereotypes and social groups, be confident enough in yourself to trust your own style judgment.

I often align style analogies with life…but it resonants with me. If you are confident in your own values and self-beliefs, everything falls into place around you. When you are fearful and doubtful, you’ll second guess every decision you make, which in turn makes those around you uneasy. And the most important lesson of all…don’t be afraid to make mistakes. When you’re not making mistakes and learning from them, you’re not growing.  Sometimes playing it safe is actually the most dangerous decision you can make.

Saba ruffle top, Leather a-line skirt, Scanlan Theodore leather thigh high boots, Viktoria & Woods coat, Marc Jacobs clutch

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Thanks for reading

K- Leather & Soie

What I wore:

Top – http://www.saba.com.au

Skirt – Willow (this brand isn’t available anymore). For similar (and better) styles check out http://www.kitx.com.au

Boots – http://www.scanlantheodore.com

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

Clutch – Marc Jacobs from http://www.davidjones.com.au

Back to basics.

Leather jacket, Witchery silk top, Frame Denim jeansLeather jacket, Witchery silk top, Frame Denim jeans

I love experimenting with fashion and style. I love to be bold with colour, textures, and shapes. But there is nothing better than putting a pair of comfy jeans, a silk top and a leather jacket and feeling put together. You can spice it up with jewellery and/or a red lip. And you can dress is up or down with either heels, boots or flats. I’m obviously a big advocate on investing in a good capsule wardrobe; but it’s important to understand where to spend your money.

Leather jacket, Witchery silk top, Frame Denim jeans

It takes a bit of pre-planning, but once you understand what you like, your current lifestyle, and what you feel confident and comfortable in, you’ll soon start to establish your own set of ‘prerequisites’ when out shopping for basics.

For example, I appreciate really good fabrics because they feel good on, look great, are usually very durable and stay intact for longer. But I also like easy-to-maintain clothing. Which is a nicer way of stating that I in fact hate having to worry about hand-washing and ironing! There are some items of clothing that are undoubtedly high-maintenance, and often won’t get worn because of the amount of effort needed to just clean them! And unfortunately, this silk top (I’m wearing – creases and all) is one of those. It creases up so easily, that I find myself having to iron it after trying on a skirt then changing my mind and putting jeans on (what I did here!). But I have other silk items that de-crease much easier, and perhaps I paid a lot more for them. So my advice here is to understand what you are willing to do to maintain your clothes. If constant hand-washing, ironing or dry-cleaning trips are needed, and you don’t have time or money to obtain that type of maintenance, it’s worthwhile looking at some alternatives. By the way, I never iron jeans. Jeans are usually made up of cotton, which is sensitive to heat. If you own raw denim jeans, you run the risk of ruining the colour when you iron them. So if your jeans are quite crinkly, hanging them up in the bathroom to steam whilst you shower should suffice.

Willow leather jacket, Frame Denim jacket

Another thing to factor in when shopping for basics is your lifestyle. And by this I mean, your occupation, what your weekends entail, whom you hang out with, and weather/climate. If your job requires you to wear corporate wear during the week, and you also go out and socialise on the weekend in dressy locations; you may not require as much loungewear/casual wear. Whereas if you wear more casual attire during the week and over the weekend; your basic wardrobe will comprise more so of jeans, sweaters and t-shirts.

My lifestyle is a little bit complicated! I wear corporate wear during the week, but also have to take into consideration the amount of walking and standing I do in hospitals. Suits and heels are not always ideal, particularly because I get changed in and out of scrubs throughout the day, leaving my clothes in locker rooms all day. Then on the weekend I go to the gym, wear casual outfits, dress up, and also love to utilise formal events to really explore my dressy attire! I like everything! And I don’t like to skimp on any item of clothing. For example, I have literally lived in a gym since I was 5 years old (as a gymnast) and I know the importance of having good quality activewear. But I also love experimenting with dresses, skirts, shorts, swimwear and shoes! I’m a bit of a chameleon in that sense. But I know other people would require less variety and would benefit from spending more money on one area of their life, such as casual wear.

If you go out to dinner infrequently, and struggle every time an event comes up, is it because you haven’t invested in the right basics? Do you have a wardrobe full of, dare I say trendy items, that are outdated? Maybe it’s worth having a few really good quality key pieces (from the list lower down the page) to ensure you always have something to wear no matter the occasion.

Leather jacket, Witchery silk top, Frame Denim jeans, Tony Bianco bootsLeather jacket, Witchery silk top, Frame Denim jeans, Tony Bianco boots

 

There a few good items of clothing that every woman would benefit from having in their wardrobe. And it’s worthwhile spending a bit more money (if necessary) to get exactly what you love. I wouldn’t suggest you buy these items from the sales rack, unless you find something that you can honestly say you absolutely love and would wear for years to come. I see a lot of people being sucked into buying sale items because they’re on sale, not necessarily because they love the item.

Here are some items I believe make up a good capsule wardrobe. Use your lifestyle to determine weather some or all of these items suit you. For example, if you never wear heels because of an injury…don’t buy heels! There are plenty of alternatives. And if you don’t wear skirts for some reason, then perhaps you need to understand what looks best on your body type. Sometimes a change of perspective will open a whole new world of styling looks [I’ll do a post further on down the track highlighting ways to enhance all different body shapes and skin tones].

Use these items below as a guide to create your own wardrobe. I haven’t included activewear, loungewear,  lingerie or formal wear…as those items will depend drastically on your needs.  But you can create totally different looks by mixing and matching really good basics. Just add some on-trend jewellery, style your hair differently, and wear a different shade of lipstick, and voila – you have versatility!

Basic wardrobe:

  • Skinny pair of jeans
  • Looser more casual pair of jeans
  • Perfectly tailored black blazer
  • Black cigarette trouser
  • White shirt (that can be worn casually, dressed up or corporate). This can be silk, cotton or linen – depending on your lifestyle/climate.
  • Leather pants (for me definitely!)
  • A-line skirt
  • Pencil skirt
  • Leather jacket
  • Little black dress
  • Trench coat
  • Cashmere sweater
  • Ankle boots (with heels or not)
  • Classic black heel (pump)
  • Silk camisole
  • Denim jacket
  • White t-shirt
  • Winter dress (knit)
  • The perfect summer dress (floral, denim, long or short)
  • White sneaker
  • Ballet flats (black, beige or brown)
  • Flat sandal
  • Sandal with a heel
  • Classic sunglasses
  • Winter boots (thigh high/knee high)
  • Wrap dress
  • Silk scarf
  • Tote bag
  • Classic dress bag
  • Classic swimwear
  • Shorts (denim/linen/silk/cotton – depending on your lifestyle/climate/style)

Leather jacket, Witchery silk top, Frame Denim jeans, Yves Saint Laurent le rouge lipstick

It’s amazing how many outfits you can create from a deceivingly limited list. When you have good quality items, that fit you perfectly, the looks you create are lot more polished and refined. That to me is a sign of a well thought out wardrobe. Furthermore, you haven’t wasted money on items that you never wear – which isn’t good for both your savings and the environment.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you got anything you’d add to that list? How does your lifestyle change the importance of some of those items?

Thanks for dropping by.

For more inspiration check out my Pinterest page – https://au.pinterest.com/leatherandsoie/

K- Leather & Soie

 

What I wore:

Leather jacket – Willow (doesn’t exist anymore) try http://www.kitx.com.au for similar items

Silk lace camisole top – http://www.witchery.com.au

Jeans – Frame denim from http://www.davidjones.com.au

Boots – http://www.tonybianco.com.au

Lipstick – YSL from http://www.myer.com.au (le rouge No.1)

 

Effortless (Australian) winter style.

Tom Ford sunglasses, Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bagTom Ford sunglasses, Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bag

It’s winter, and it sucks. There is no positive way to say that! The short cold days can really get you down. But on the flip side, winter fashion would have to be the most exciting of all seasons because of the endless styling smorgasboard on offer. You can really put your creative mind to the test by experimenting with different textures, prints, angles and basics.

But today’s post is more about effortless winter styling…in Australia where the winter isn’t that cold (even if my lips still go blue)! Sydney see’s quite mild temperatures, and therefore doesn’t require copious amounts of layering. And when you travel for work as much I do, minimalistic packing is quite desirable. Throwing a dress, a coat and boots in a suitcase, with a few other basics is quite liberating.

Tom Ford sunglasses, Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bag

Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Oroton leopard print bag

Despite my un-tanned transculent skin, I am actually enjoying this winter look. It makes a big difference when you wear good quality materials. Leather, wool, cotton, and cashmere are great options to ensure you feel insulated without the excess bulk! Both from layering and winter comfort foods!

Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bag

I bought this dress a little while ago from Rebecca Vallance as I new the classic shape would allow me to wear it year on year. I’m looking forward to wearing it with a hot pair of stilettos, big earrings, and super sleek straight hair.

The coat is another classic item that will never age. The coat can be thrown over any outfit for an upscale chic look. And the camel colour is warm and comforting, and will suit most skin tones. But I think it’s important to try different camel coats on to ensure it suits your personal style and colouring. I am also a fan of the long straight coat as it’s not only timeless, but adds an extra element of class without having to try. Tick!

Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bagRebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bag

This look reconfirms why I love leather, as it makes effortless style so easy. Adding different textures to an outfit is a simple way of elevating a look that would otherwise be quite simple and questionable boring. And if you’re anything like me, time is of the essence in the morning, and this outfit defines easy styling.

And for extra textural, warm-inducing goodness – add stockings and a cashmere sweater. Easy.

Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bag

Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

Leather & Soie – K

 

What I wore:

Dress – http://www.rebeccavallance.com.au

Coat – http://www.seedheritage.com

Boots – http://www.jomercer.com.au

Bag – http://www.oroton.com.au

The little black leather dress

Audi Q5

There are some classic wardrobe pieces that are always on-trend. And I like to take a classic piece and add a twist. This little leather number caught my eye the moment it came out. It reminded me of an 80’s leather dress I witnessed when I was younger on video hits (in fact, I still have mood boards about music video outfits!). I very patiently waited until it came on sale, and jumped on it when I could.

Seed leather wrap dressLee denim jacket

I have worn this dress a number times; both casually and dressy. I love how versatile it has been. I love that I can throw on a denim jacket and some casual boots and I have an interesting yet simple outfit. On the flip side, I can throw on some dressier boots, double it up with a leather jacket, add some big earrings (not shown) and I’m ready for a night out. Dresses can be so easy to style…because you only have to think of one item!

I have been pondering lately about the stigma around wearing the same outfit more than once. I had a chat to some younger millennial women, and they said it’s frowned upon on social media to be seen wearing the same outfit twice. I tried to remember back to when social media first started when I was younger, and it was becoming a slight issue, but not nearly to the same extent is nowadays. Why is it so bad to be seen wearing the same outfit twice?

Leather wrap belted dressDouble leather

Is it a lack of money, style, creativity or the deep desire to fit in? It even has a name, ‘outfit repetition syndrome.’ How is that our society has become so self-involved, that wearing the same outfit (no matter the quality), is seen to be embarrassing? I actually think it has come down the fact that nowadays, we as a population have a reduced our ability to focus on one thing. The internet and social media has fed our weak desire to want everything new, and have to have it now. I remember a time when I would save up for an item and cherish it for years. Now, you can have whatever you want, whenever you want, and probably for a much lower price. And after one wear (or photo on insta) it gets thrown out. I don’t know what makes me cringe more; the need to conform or the complete and utter waste we are producing.

What do you do with your unwanted clothes? I know I try to give to charity as much as I can. But is that enough? There has been exponential growth in the amount of clothes thrown out from fast fashion chains over the last 10 years. Fast fashion chains are said to be throwing out nearly 80% of their stock. And to make matters worse; most of these brands produce their clothing out of materials such as polyester. Polyester can take up to 200 years to break down.

80s leather dressGreen leather bomber jacketLeather on leatherLeather on leather

I want to hold on to the fact that I cherish good quality items, such as a capsule wardrobe made up of amazing materials, precise tailoring and items I absolutely love. I don’t want to conform to what everyone else is doing. I don’t think that way of living is sustainable. When I choose an on-trend item, I choose it because I love it and it suits me. But I most certainly don’t choose it to showcase a new outfit on instagram.

I believe in choosing great items that can be worn multiple different ways. That to me, is the true meaning of creativity and style. Anyone can max out their credit card to buy the latest top worn by Kendall Jenner. Style, like anything, takes careful thought and consideration. Nothing comes easy. And as a side note, no amount of new outfits will ever make up for a lack of style.

Harsh, but true.

Audi Q5Audi Q5 quattro

Maybe a dark topic, but an important one nonetheless. For me, classics like the LBD can never be overlooked. Choose wisely, and trust your instincts. 🙂

What I wore:

Dress – Seed Heritage (although not available anymore) http://www.seedheritage.com

Denim jacket – http://www.leejeans.com.au

Taupe boots – http://www.ninewest.com.au

Green leather jacket – http://www.scanlantheodore.com

Black boots – http://www.jomercer.com.au

Sunglasses – http://www.tomford.com

Earrings – http://www.sportsgirl.com.au

K- Leather & Soie

One (A-line) skirt – two ways

  1. Biker chic

 

I often think about what items make up the perfect capsule wardrobe. And I like to look at silhouettes that are timeless, styles that suit most body shapes and go with so many different looks. I had a look at my wardrobe and realised I had half a dozen A-line shaped skirts; 4 of which are black. So it’s fair to say that this is a surefire staple item that can be worn with so many different pieces to create so many different looks.

I bought this knit a-line skirt from Witchery recently because I loved the added pleats. I have already found so many ways in which I can style this skirt. I have pictured two contrasting options today; edgy and feminine.

The reason the a-line silhouette is timeless is because it’s so flattering to most body types. It synchs in at the waist and flares out creating a beautiful feminine look. You can dress the skirt up with a pair of heels and a silk cami, or dress down with a pair of biker boots (seen in this pic) or sneakers. I opted to tuck my knits into the skirt in these two looks, but I have also worn it with looser t-shirts and sweaters, and it creates a whole new look altogether.

Zaliah leather jacket, Witchery A-line skirt, Tony Bianco biker bootsZaliah leather jacket, Witchery A-line skirt, Tony Bianco biker bootsWitchery metallic knitWitchery metallic knit

I bought this skirt from Witchery in the mid-year sales, and it has already made its way to the top of my packing list when travelling. The other positive is that it doesn’t need ironing! And I love anything that makes my life easier!

The metallic knit (also from Witchery) was another mid-year purchase. This was a no brainer. I don’t think you can ever have too many knits. They are perfect for layering in Winter, Autumn (Fall) and Spring. When possible, aim to get knits made out of cotton, wool, cashmere, or viscose. These materials will be a lot more comfortable against the skin, not to mention the extra protection it will provide from the elements. Coming from a person that is affected heavily by the cold, always try to buy quality knits.

Last but not least, my new biker boots! I also nabbed these up during the sales from Tony Bianco. I cannot believe how comfortable and warm they are! I like to experiment with styles, and this is not one that I generally go for. But I am really wanting to venture outside of my comfort zone and try new things…this is one of them! It brings a whole new element of comfort to my casual winter outfits, and I’m loving it! I already have ideas to wear them with my black leather pants…what do you think?

 

 

2. Feminine & Flirty

 

What I love about this skirt is the versatility. I really wanted to wear my new Saba top with this skirt as I had visions of me twirling around and feeling ultra feminine! I love when an outfit you drum up in your head actually comes to fruition!

Zaliah leather jacket, Witchery A-line skirt, Jo Mercer bootsSaba flared sleeve knit, Witchery A-line skirt, Jo Mercer skirtOroton bag, Jo Mercer shoesSaba flared sleeve tops, Oroton bagsSaba flared sleeve knit ribbed

I also bought this top during the mid-year sales. I know myself well…and I know that in Winter, I like to go for items that are comfortable, warm and and easy to style. I knew the added flared sleeve would compliment this look perfectly. It adds an extra layer of complexity to the outfit, without really having to put any extra effort in. Win!

As for the shoes…I’ve had these for a few years now. Joanne Mercer has brought them out each year since. In fact, I think they are on sale right now! They can be worn folded down (pictured) or zipped up to completely change the look of the shoe. I often pack these boots into my suitcase when travelling for work so I have the option of wearing them with my corporate outfits and then transforming them in the evening for dinner meetings.

And last but most definitely not least, I always throw on my favourite leather jacket from Zaliah as it is so soft and subtle. It moulds to any outfit, making it the perfect addition to my two looks in todays post. You’ll see this jacket regularly on me, as I struggle to think of any reasons to wear any other jacket! My favourite feature is the quilting on the shoulder.

Zaliah leather jacket

As you can see, I am a big of fan of quality staples that are versatile. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article or any other articles that I have written. I am constantly trying to improve my view on the perfect wardrobe, as well as ways to encourage more women to feel confident within themselves. Drop me a line on k.leatherandsoie@gmail.com

What I wore:

First look

Black A-line skirt: http://www.witchery.com.au

Metallic knit top: http://www.witchery.com

Biker boots: http://www.tonybianco.com.au

Leather jacket: http://www.zaliah.com

Second look

Rust knit: http://www.saba.com.au

Black A-line skirt: http://www.witchery.com.au

Boots: http://www.jomercer.com.au

Leather jacket: http://www.zaliah.com

Bag: http://www.oroton.com

 

Loungeable Leather Pants

adl cbd b&w wall

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 elongates 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!

adl cbd upclose 6Little guy Adelaide CBD

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. 🙂

adl cbd art walkadl cbd art walk 2

What I’m wearing:

Pants – Willow (unfortunately 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!).  If you head up to the winery, make sure you taste the 2013 Amos Cabernet Franc – a great drop!

birthday walk 11

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 silhouette 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!

birthday earrings

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. 🙂

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 Theodore 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  www.howardvineyard.com

birthday look 2

Leather & Soie -K