Whistles leather skirt, £85, click here to buy
My father is not a terminally unstylish man. In fact, he often cuts a dash in beautifully tailored Calvin Klein. But, and this is a pretty big, game changing, opinion shaping BUT, he cannot get his head around leather clothing. But of course what he doesn’t know, or perhaps willfully chooses to ignore, is that leather in all forms and applied to all garments is now a perennial style staple. Case in point, the leather skirt. I remember when such an item would have felt a bit rogue, the domain of 80’s sitcoms (check) and professional vixens. I now own around 6 or 7 and couldn’t imagine how the hell I’d get dressed without one. Whether it’s pencil shaped or A-line, a great leather skirt is the perfect transeasonal piece so I thought it would be just the thing for a May edition of 3 Ways To Wear It.
You know what? I reckon I’m getting better at casual… or less terrible anyway. Holly and I discussed the many ways this outfit wasn’t “me” (hello trainers and backpack) but actually, I totally love it. Denim is also the perfect way to dress down leather, just as it tones down neon. Basically denim is awesome and the unsung hero of virtually all our wardrobes. Add Stan Smiths, a ponytail and a luxed up rucks(ac) and I think this may be one of my personal best downtime ensembles ever. Note on the Stan Smith’s; having been the most vocal anti-trainer campaigner, the comfyness and effortless cool factor of Adidas’ cult shoe have got the better of me. I will not, however, be wearing them anywhere near fashion week. There are more than enough street style detail shots of a fast flying feet boasting a flash of white and green.
Worn with Gap shirt (similar here), Zatchels satchel (similar here) & Topshop brogues (similar here)
Having briefly flirted with a casual look on this 3 Ways To Wear It shoot, I promptly reverted to dressing like an overgrown five year old and felt disturbingly comfortable once I had. Nothing screams “PREP” like matching everything, so I co-ordinated my shirt (a gingham Oxford style, natch) brogues and satchel in varying adjacent shades of my favourite colour, green, and added frilly pop socks for extra (s)chool girl points. I would not recommend rocking anything similar if you’re going out on the pull. In my experience, buttoned up gingham does not exactly signal “buy me a drink” But if you’re not on a mission of debauchery then I think it’s perfect for springtime in the city; meetings, shopping, brunching and the like. FYI the brogue-sock combo could easily be switched up for ballet pumps or loafers if this you find this a smidge too cartoon character esque.
If you do not yet own an extensive collection of lace tops I urge you, get on that ASAP! They will change your life. Or at least, your getting-ready-for-a-night-out process. Going out tops are a tricky business I find. Super fashiony, sculptural concoctions involving 3D embellishment and other such contraptions may be exquisite to look at (even when on an actual person) but tricky to wear. Ever tried taking the underground in a gold brocade confection with one leg of mutton sleeve, one exposed arm and a slight air of a very glamorous Henry VIII? I have, it wasn’t fun. On the other hand, more mainstream evening tops often err on the side of trashy or boring, both not really the look we’re going for. While a lace top might not be quite as exciting as something Tudor inspired and shiny but it always looks chic, elegant and occasion appropriate, not to mention goes with E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! Case it point, the leather skirt. I added my trusty leopard calfhair accessories, an Anne Bowes Jewellery charm necklace and a slick of lipstick. Currently I’m alternating between Mac’s Candy Yum Yum and Coral shades. The latter matches the Dior Riviera shade on my nails so I’m wearing it here.
Which is your favourite way to wear the leather skirt?
Love Ella. X
Images by Holly McGlynn