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The Leather Trend Autumn/Winter 2013

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The Leather Trend Autumn/Winter 2013

Leather hasn’t always been price-friendly or easy to pull off, but since its comeback in recent years, we are enjoying it as an integral wardrobe piece. So, for the autumn/winter 2014 leather trend, look beyond the biker jacket and consider leather skirts, trousers and dresses too.

Forget about ‘faux’ leather or ‘pleather’ and go for the real thing; it will look, feel and fit better and last a lifetime. The softer the leather the better; butter-soft leather feels sumptuous on and works much better against our natural curves. If you’re concerned about the price, don’t be, you can find the real thing in all price brackets.

If you haven’t invested in anything leather other than a jacket before, then we recommend you try on a few pieces and consider what you feel is mostly ‘you’ and what flatters your shape best.  Here are a few tips on what to look for in your leather pieces:

Skirts

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The A-line skirt and the pencil skirt are good staples and you can dress them up or down.  You will need to work out which style works best with your body shape. If you invest in a really good one, it will last you forever. For the pencil skirt, go for the softest leather you can find so it will feel less restrictive. As with all skirts and dresses, make sure they are lined and you get the right length – an inch or two below the knee is the safest buy.  A full skirt can look fabulous, but you really need to be medium to tall in height to carry it off. The weight and volume of a leather circle skirt will add volume to your shape so take care.

Dresses

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The skirt shape applies to dress shapes too. For dresses, the shift is the most practical. There are straight shifts for straight figures or cuts that nip in at the waist for curvier figures.  You can layer underneath with lightweight jerseys so they will see you from late summer right through winter.  If you don’t feel confident enough to wear too much leather, you might find the wool and leather combinations easier to pull off.  Again, if you invest in a good piece, it will last forever.

 

Trousers

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Leather trousers are not for the faint-hearted – you need to have the figure and the personality for these – be realistic! As with skirts and dresses, you want to make sure they are lined.   If you are in any doubt, just picture the scene from Friends with Ross sweltering in his leather trousers. He finally rushes to peel them off in the bathroom only to find it impossible to get them back on!

Biker jacket

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Without a doubt, this season everyone wants a leather biker jacket.   They are great for late summer and autumn and even nights out in winter when you don’t want to wear a big coat.  They can look funky or smart and are a great way to give an edge to your outfit.  You can go true biker with lots of zips and detail, or keep it plain and classic.  You need to think about detail, cut, neckline and length. If you are bigger in the bust then avoid lapels and too many zips and pockets.  The straight, box shapes are best suited to straighter figures. Curvier figures need a soft leather that nips in a bit at the waist.  Some styles will sit on the hips, others will fit lower on the hips, so work out which is the most flattering length for you – you don’t want it to sit on the widest part of your middle.  Whether it’s to the side or in the middle, decide if you are better with a statement zip or a hidden one. Ideally, curvy ladies should choose a hidden zip.

Final tips

Whilst you will find most leather this season is black, don’t be afraid to try other shades.  There is navy, which suits all colourings, and tan which will flatter both Light and Soft colourings.  Burgundy works for Cools and Deeps. Warm colourings can make the most of the brown shades.  Clears can wear Navy and Black and add contrast if necessary. If black isn’t the most flattering shade for you, just make sure you team it with a strong colour in your palette to create a real WOW outfit.

Experiment and dare to wear leather! 

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Hello,

Why am I always seeing people in the rush hour going to or from work wearing trainers? I’m asking myself, -Why trainers?

Beautiful women stylishly dressed in business suits and the finishing touch is a pair of grey, shabby trainers. I understand that people are wearing them as their easy to run in and are confortable but surely not a good look! What happens if you meet someone important in that one hour? Let’s say the man of your life or an old friend you haven’t seen a long time or someone who you always wanted to impress. …. and there you are with your grey worn out trainers on. Oops! Firstly they are not very attractive with your blazer and skirt, secondly you have to carry a pair of high heels in your bag which are heavy! So what is the compromise?

There are a wide range of confortable flat shoes out there.  Rounded toe flat shoes are a great look and a relaxed one that is usually looked at as a more casual look. Pointy flat shoes really dress up a look, especially when accented with details.

For everyday shoes go for neutral colour however infuse some glamour with some metallic details. If you have a bubbly personality have some fun with colours like red, yellow and why not purple! Check out some of my choice flats this season.

I hope I could help you to swap those grey trainers to glam flats. Just because you are in flats it doesn’t mean you can’t be glamorous.

Have a fabulous day!

Judit

Flats is where its at !

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Hello Everyone welcome to my new blog. My passion is to be happy and make everyone around me happy. I like to think positively and give energy to life. I believe the world is an amazing place with so many opportunities. There are so many people going about their daily business without noticing what is going on around them, heads stuck in their Metro newspapers or playing with phones. I  like to observe these people from a far and close up, sometimes interacting sometimes not. All the time I am noticing what they are wearing and how is their appearance. How do their clothes and look affect their mood or maybe its their mood affecting their appearance. I think many times how their life could change if only they had some advice on how to dress to impress. Change those blacks and greys for vibrant reds and purples. On here I will not bore you only with out and out fashion tips. It will be a mix up of my observations from all my  journeys with a big bit of all round positive thinking thrown in for good measure. Love Judit