Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking. Since when have leather trousers been essential to anything, right? Bear with me. I’m getting to that.
Topshop leather trousers and necklace, Paraphrase jumper via TK Maxx, tee c/o Wildfox, ballet flats c/o Sarenza, Miss Selfridge ring
I bought these leather trousers last year but have rarely worn them because I find them so difficult to style. Skintight leather immediately screams ‘rock chick!’ (or S&M, depending on your personal preferences) – a look I haven’t been able to pull off since I was 15 and Papa Roach were popular. I’m now (nearly) 26 and like girly things like floral tea dresses and faux fur coats. Leather trousers have no business in my wardrobe.
Or at least I thought they didn’t, until I tried them with a fluffy pink jumper, basic ballet flats and simple jewellery. The cute jumper cancels out any biker babe connotations, giving a soft and cuddly edge to an otherwise tough outfit. And leather trousers are a great alternative to jeans, especially if you’re a denim obsessive like me. Still a bit unsure? Wear a longer tee or tunic over the top for extra coverage.
So, do I have you convinced? Have you decided you simply cannot function through autumn without a pair of leather trousers? Are you running to your nearest retail establishment as we speak? Or have you read this entire post with a mental image of Ross from Friends covered in lotion, desperately trying to pull his leather pants back up? Yes well, there is that…
Autumnal dressing can get a bit repetitive – we all have the ubiquitous knitted cardigans, wool coats and knee high boots in our wardrobes. So this week I’m choosing my alternative autumn essentials to create a sartorial survival kit that’ll get you through the colder months with style. Chunky knits need not apply.