Making Leather Wearable: Women Over 40 or 50
by Emily Bradbury
Fashion is toughening up this season, and one of the key trends for winter 2012 is luxe leather.
Gothic glamour is ruling supreme and black leather featured everywhere on the catwalk, from Valentino and Calvin Klein’s classic and sleek silhouetted gowns to Isabel Marant’s fun laser-cut dresses and hole-punched rodeo boots.
Leather can be a tricky look to pull off at any age, but the very thought might leave the average baby boomer running for the hills! Don’t worry, by wearing the look carefully and cleverly you can get ahead of the style pack without leaving your friends wondering whether you’ve borrowed your daughter’s dress.
Head-to-toe Leather is for Your Daughter
Whilst head-to-toe leather is a bold and stand-out look for the new season, it’s perhaps one that only the very young and genetically blessed will look good in. It’s important to keep this look simple. Classic shapes with little or no detailing work best, as leather is a bold and attention-grabbing material on its own. Avoid tight-fitting shapes or showing too much skin – leather can easily look brassy if cut isn’t chosen carefully.
A simple leather t-shirt in a fairly loose cut is a brilliant and versatile addition to your winter wardrobe. Dress it up for work or an evening out with a skirt and heels, or make it more casual with jeans and ballet pumps.
There is a lot of leather-look detailing added to contrasting fabrics available on the high street at the moment, which is brilliant for a lower budget, or to experiment with the look before investing in it. Stores are stocking an elegant range of dresses and tops with leather-look panels and detailing. A soft knit t-shirt with this addition is versatile and chic, whilst keeping your look right on trend.
La Redoute t-shirt with faux leather detailing - prshots.com
If you don’t feel confident wearing leather clothing, accessories might be your best option. This amazing leather belt from Hobbs is a brilliant addition to your winter wardrobe. Instantly update a dress or cinch in your coat, working both the peplum and black leather trends simultaneously.
Hobbs black leather waist belt - prshots.com
Alternatively, a pretty leather bracelet is a subtle and age appropriate way to keep your look updated. Try a Joli bracelet from Jersey Pearl, with delicate bow and pearl detailing, for the perfect way to get in on the leather trend whilst keeping your look soft and feminine.
Whatever your age, style or budget there is a great way to make this fun and sexy trend work for you! Try it out now, ready to look fashion-forward for the whole of winter and beyond.
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