Second Skin 

After my recent foray into the world of florals and prints, it feels like I’ve emerged from some kind of wonderful lost fashion weekend worthy of a Lloyd Cole song or a Berlin ‘Traumnovelle’. This beautiful fashion fantasy in the guise of dark prints and geometric patterns was decadent, different (for me), intoxicating and all-enveloping.  Oh it was fun at the time to taste this particular modish wine, but now the hangover begins and I need to get my head above water with something less cluttered and more serene. At least until the next time that is. It’s certainly not a full on ‘Marie Kondo’ moment for the prints and the pussy bows. Think of it only as a temporary respite. However, to calm my eyes and rest my soul before the next Zara stop or my planned voyage into Victoriana, I’ve decided to settle on my trusty leather leggings from Baukjen. I wear the trousers (pictured below) ALL the time, which is good as I paid a lot of money for them. But the cost per wear ratio for these beautiful butter soft leggings (if you set aside the specialist dry cleaning bill) means they are a bargain relatively speaking and have been a staple and absolute go-to in my wardrobe for about 3 years now. It’s pretty well-known in fashion circles that Baukjen does great leather and although these particular trousers are from a few seasons ago, Baukjen always offer leather leggings in every collection. Anyway, these ones are the default setting for a night out, when I need comfortable evening wear that’s form fitting but a little edgy. They have a jersey back to them which makes them UBER comfy and not tight – like a second skin literally! Paired with a patterned sheer chiffon shirt or a silk blouse plus smoky-eyed makeup and it’s the shizz as far as I’m concerned. So below are some tips for styling these beauties THREE ways…

1. Black & Navy 

Sunglasses | 3.1 Phillip Lim.  Tweed necklace | Zara.  Cashmere tunic | H&M.  Leather leggings | Baukjen (old).  Suede heels | Kurt Geiger (old).

  Above I’m wearing a navy cashmere tunic (purchased in the H&M sale in the summer) over the leggings which happen to be form fitting but not too tight. It’s a super flattering silhouette due to its length and bulge-skimming qualities. I really adore navy and black together. Contrary to popular belief it’s certainly not a fashion ‘no-no’. In fact, those in the ‘know-know’ (such as eternal style maven Carine Rotifeld – Global Fashion Editor of Harpers Bazaar) think it’s the business and I do tend to agree with them. It’s just so smart, understated and different. Get the hues and textures correct and it can be a dazzling and unusual combination. The black and white tweed necklace from Zara adds the texture here and the high heels elevate it to something a bit edgier IMHO. The above look is smart enough for workwear or occasions such as the school nativity, meetings with teachers or mortgage advisors possibly? Something like that anyway.

2. Camel Coat 

Camel coat | Zara (old).  Bird brooch | Vintage. For similar – Shop The Look at the end!

  Ah the belted camel coat from the Zara Regent’s Street sale five years ago! I’ve hardly worn it up until very recently. Now it’s a staple when I need something classic and a bit more conservative than normal. It’s for those times when you need to ‘act your age’ clothes wise or you have a work meeting / corporate lunch and don’t want to wear a suit. Creamy camel and good quality leather just goes together SO darn well. You could wear a black or forest green leather or ‘pleather’ pencil skirt with a camel coat or blazer on top and a black polo neck underneath. And right there you have a kind of slinky Sloaney chic that looks great on a Saturday lunchtime on the King’s Road 😉

3. Check Mate 

Blazer | Missguided.  Shirt | River Island RI Studio

  You wear monochrome and you mean business. I love the paired back simplicity of this one. I wanted a well-tailored, masculine, grey checked blazer but plumped for a slightly cheaper option here just to get the look. It’s not the best fit in the world but it makes for a nice outfit nevertheless. The shirt underneath is fab and has a long back to it, covering your derriere and adding a bit of modern edge to a look that could end up looking all wrong on a curvy figure like mine. I think a great quality silk patterned scarf with red accents would ramp this outfit up another level if you had one. In fact for more inspiration, see my feature and brilliant competition on British luxury scarf designer  Bella Singleton. Hope you found this to be a useful post – providing just a little bit of inspiration for simple, sober everyday, but chic outfits. Coming up, I’m planning some modern tweed inspired looks, as well as another feature on health and maybe even something for Christmas?! See you then lovely people. x    

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