Friday, October 4, 2013

Leopard & Leather

Skirt (Maginn, Nordstrom); Blouse (Lauren Ralph Lauren); Cufflinks (Tiffany & Co.); Watch (Elgin); Scarf (Echo); Belt (Nine West); Bag (Michael Kors); Shoes (Bandolino)
Following on the leopard heels of my last post, I decided to further experiment with the "leopard as neutral" theory and pair it with a navy pleated leather skirt and classic white, French-cuff button down.  When I think about the pairing of "leopard and leather," the immediate image in my head is more "rocker chick" than "office chic," but I rocked this look for a day full of business meetings.

Leather is everywhere this year!  While leather skirts, pants, and shirts were once the primary province of bikers, musicians, and club kids, new shapes and fresh colors that shatter traditional notions of the material's use have resulted in accessible leather clothing that's suitable for everyday life.  I, for one, couldn't be happier about it. 

I've always been a fan of leather, and acquired my first leather skirt in high school.  I was sixteen.  The skirt was short, pale pink and on sale at Wilson's Leathergoods in the local mall for fifty dollars.  I begged my mom for it.  She said "No, no, no.  If you want it, save your own money for it."  So, I did.  And then, I never wore it.  I had a perfect vision of an outfit in my head when I bought it, but I was never able to translate it into reality.  The leather was so stiff and thick that it really wasn't all that flattering, either.  I finally got rid of it sometime after college graduation, tags still intact.  Mom - if you're reading this, you were right. But, I hope you'll agree my new navy one is a much better choice, and yes, I got it on sale!

Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!

1 comment:

  1. I love all of the leopard accents, one of my favorites for fall! Thanks for sharing your look with Three-fer Thursday!

    xo Bethany
    www.perfectlycoutured.com

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