I wore a leather blazer and leather trousers to a work Christmas do a decade ago and never lived it down. When I wore the pleather leggings I purchased in Topshop several winters ago I got quite a few funny looks too. But it seems the leather revolution has taken off and it is now okay to channel your inner dominatrix on the school run.
I love a leather jacket and own quite a few. My high street recommendations are Massimo Dutti for super butter soft leather & chic styles, Zara for fashion and surprisingly good quality for the price, and All Saints for a less polished winter weight leather jacket. Their leathers are surprisingly warm. I also have a Mint Velvet leather jacket I love though the colour faded significantly when I specialist cleaned it. I am barely resisting replacing it with this from Massimo Dutti. Whistles leather jackets are lovely quality but the shoulders on this winter’s Naomi offering are a bit too Hiliary Devey for my tastes.
Massimo Dutti beauty
Zara leather biker jacket
On to leggings. I had real leather leggings that I bought in Paris years ago but gave them away because I couldn’t move properly in them. I prefer the Topshop pleather leggings I bought at the same time that were a fraction of the price and don’t restrict my blood flow. The new Topshop ones aren’t exactly the same which is a shame but they are good and they have different styles so you can try a few in the same store.
Topshop’s pleather leggings
For once Zara haven’t come up trumps for me and I’ve returned these leather effect jeggings. They were too heavy and didn’t have the right fit at all. I think they might be good for a more petite figure though and the pleather looks like the real thing.
Zara pleather jegging with zips
Warehouse have done a good job with these leather look leggings though again the fit was slightly too baggy on my legs.
Warehouse leather effect leggings
I have a pair of Miss Selfridge rubber leggings which are a lovely texture. They aren’t doing them this year that I can see but ASOS have a similar pair and are catering for pregnant women with their maternity pleathers too.
ASOS maternity pleathers
Were money no object these Acne silver leather leggings would be mine.
I haven’t been able to forget these Acne aquamarine leather trousers from last A/W. I think they are truly beautiful.
Instead I have filled the coloured (imitation) leather hole in my wardrobe with these grey trousers from H&M, a tad cheaper at £25. I am wearing them with an All Saints cashmere jumper, Oasis snake trim wedges and a grey M&S studded vest.
H&M grey leather effect trousers
A fellow blogger, DoesMyBumLook40, recommends these coated jeggings from Dorothy Perkins which Gina WornOut has too. I am shorter than DMBL40 and larger than them both and had problems with the waist “area” so they went back. I can see that they’d be an easy to wear everyday option though for someone slimmer.
American Apparel are brilliant for statement leggings. I have a pair like these gold spangly pants. I got lots of wear from mine last winter but beware – they are the kind of thing that make people stop & stare and cause family members to shake their heads. (A note of caution about the AA site too – some of their styling / photos are a bit distasteful in my opinion)
I realise I haven’t linked to any leather skirts or shorts. I have tried this Zara pleated leather skirt (very strange high waistband so it went back) and I have these Warehouse leather shorts on order (as suggested by the beautiful Nat WornOut) but I am not big on skirts and shorts so these are my only offerings.
Zara pleated rubberised skirt
Warehouse leather shorts
As you may have picked up, “mutton” is not a concept that crosses my mind
ever very frequently. I must say though that I never wear my (p)leather bottoms with anything shorter than below hip knitwear. I favour a big cashmere jumper for day. Last year I wore them with a long plain black shirt, my (faux) fur grey coat and black heels to go out a few times and felt pretty ghetto fabulous. For daytime I wore all my (p)leather trousers with my black Ash Jalouse last year and will again this winter. The rubber ones worked well with my Belstaff Chads too which are a flat grainy leather biker boot.
Finally, no blog on leather would be complete without a link to the beautiful Mon WornOut showing us how it’s done in her Joseph leather trousers.