Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Cropped Leather Motorcycle Trousers


You might remember I bought a pair of cropped leather motorcycle trousers and a feather coat during the festive season and I had hoped to wear them for New Years Eve.  Well I did wear the leather trousers, but as we had a rather low key dinner with friends I left the feather coat and gold lamé glitziness at home.  However, in the spirit of my last Friend Friday post about outfit planning, I did make the time the weekend before last to do a trial try on of the outfit I had originally planned to wear to see if it works.  Since there has also been a special request to see the trousers in an outfit shot (Mrs Bossa!) I'm posting the result.  Now I just need somewhere to wear it to...

I'd been looking for a good high street version of the cropped motorcycle trouser Isabel Marant did this season. I tried on a couple on the high street and found them either too big at the waist or too long.  As I'm quite short a cropped trouser is never actually going to be cropped on me!  I was quite tempted by a pair by Vila on ASOS, as modelled here by the lovely I'm Not Emily Brown, but they sold out in my size before I could get to them.  Topshop to the rescue! This one appeared online shortly after my Vila disappointment.  They are a length that at least didn't need taking up at the ankles and I liked the top stitching details, distressed finish and metal zips.


You know that old adage that the sales person in the shoe department feeds you when you are dithering over whether to buy a pair of leather shoes that are uncomfortably tight somewhere? They'll tell you with absolute confidence that because they are made out of leather the shoes will stretch with time and wear to be comfortable.  If you heed their advice and buy the shoes you will for certain cripple yourself trying to walk in them before the leather ever stretches enough.

Well this scenario is what ran through my head when I was trying on these trousers in a size eight and ten.  The eight only just buttoned up and it was very difficult to get them over my overdeveloped flamenco dancer calves.  Once they were on I could barely move in them, but their fit certainly had the right sort of spray on look I was after from a pair of leather trousers.  The problem was that if I put on so much as half a kilo they'd be off limits.  I like my food, so I took the ten to be safe, worrying also that the leather might tear before stretching.  The ten buttoned up easily and I could actually sit down in them without showing builder's bottom!


Since I bought them I have worn them a lot! They are comfortable, warm and people who look like respectable, law abiding citizens cross the road to avoid me (great when you're in a hurry).  But guess what?  The leather stretched! So now they are a bit baggy around the waist, thighs and rear and I'm wondering if I made the right decision size wise because they will probably stretch further the more I wear them.

Do tailors take in leather trousers?  I hope so!  I would like to get even more wear out of them this year without them looking like they don't fit well anymore.  I see Rachel Zoe is plugging them for Spring and I had to chuckle at her suggestion that they can be made office-appropriate with a blazer and lace-up booties - ahh bless!  I can only imagine the type of office that she's got in mind!  Gotta love that woman.  Maybe I should send her my CV...

Cropped leather motorcycle trousers, Topshop; Feather Coat, Topshop Boutique; Navy cotton vest, Cos; Lamé blouse, Milly (via Ebay); Boots, Michael by Michael Kors;

30 comments:

  1. Oh, I love that gold top, very fabulous with your leather pants.

    I always buy stuff on the big side if there's a question, because I, too, like food. So I'd have done the same.

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  2. What a fabulous outfit, the glitzy top goes to well with the trews. I have never worked in any office where leather trousers would be acceptable, some people really do live in anotehr world!

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  3. i've been eagerly awaiting a post with these trousers, and i am not disappointed - they are fabulous! I love how you have styled them. It turns out i have made the same mistake and bought a pair in a size that would allow me to comfortably accomodate my sunday roast but have found they have stretched a bit. Something to bear in mind now that i am on the hunt for the pair of red cropped leather trousers from Miss Sixty as featured in the current Instyle!

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  4. OMG...hotness! Love this look. Dying for the trousers. I'm sure a tailor can take them in. That's the one benefit to faux leather trousers...they never go baggy in the bum!


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  5. Totally fabulous especially with that gorgeous gold top. I'd have done the same regrading the sizing, I'd rather something was a bit roomy and I can't honesty see any signs of sag just an amazing body. xxx

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  6. I, too, was surprised to see how much my leather pants stretched. I end up wearing them less than I might--keeping them for "good"--because of it. I'm excited to hear that they're being pumped as a spring necessity; I'd rather stretch them out completely during the spring when I can really show them off.

    But you look *great* in these, despite the wrinkles (I worry about these, too). I don't think you need to adjust anything!

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  7. Love, love, love those leather pants! I don't blame you for going a size bigger because I love my food too! The gold top gives those pants the right glam factor (and I'm not even going to talk about the shoes before my shoe envy comes out! LOL)

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  8. Ha! I love those kind of stories where there's a little twist in the end: who knew 'they' were right this time. And you can't just throw it in the washing machine to shrink it.. I mean, how baggy exactly are we talking about? If that's them now (in the bottom shot) I think that looks great. I never got it about leather trousers but the way you've styled them, I love it.

    So I wrote you a whole long reply on my own post - the first time it just disappeared, as if AA are actually monitoring my site - but got there the 2nd attempt if you want to read it. I'm feeling today like my head's all stuffed up and I can't explain myself but yes, they did eventually pay me, after I sent an email to everyone in LA (all the contacts I'd spent all that time with all year long) titled SHOW ME THE MONEY.

    It was a kind of carrot/stick thing: they paid me extra - rounded it up to ~$1000 - then immediately took my ad down. I'm like totally blacklisted from American Apparel. I'm booking a trip to Miami soon and it will be my first attempt to re-enter the country of my birth, so I"ll find out at customs just how powerful this company really is.

    Now on to read your FBFF post - I didn't see it when I posted mine - I've been really slack at visiting blogs lately. Thanks for stopping by, V! I LOOOOVE the gold btw: love all this good stuff. xx

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  9. I love how you wear such dramatic pieces! This looks fantastic!!! Makes me want to find a pair of leather pants! ~Serene

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  10. Wow - these look great on you, particularly with the gold top. My Asos size 8s arrived and they're really tight but I reckon they'll stretch too so might keep them. xx
    PS I'll def be wearing mine to the office!

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  11. Smokin hot, Veshoevius! good you went for the bigger size - they look great AND comfortable. (i've got a too tight leather skirt and the few days a year I wear it it's pure hell).

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  12. Did you try washing them? Wouldn't that shrink them or is that just to risky? I would love to have leather anything, but am always afraid of my lack of styling choice for leather, they would probably just end up sitting in my wardrobe..

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  13. These pants look great! Shame that they are stretching. I thrifted a leather skirt recently that I want to shorten...and after some investigation I've found that that IS possible. You might just Google for directions. Wouldn't it be great if you could make the alteration yourself?

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  14. Oh, yes, those pants look great! And they're absolutely you! And that lame top! Mmm... You look tough!
    I guess I could wear leather trousers to work but only because I've prepared my colleagues by wearing leather skirts and weird All Saints pieces beforehand :) But unfortunately leather pants are not for me, I don't feel comfortable wearing them :( Or maybe I just haven’t found MY pants yet :)

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  15. Hot hot hot! I think I may like this outfit even more than your embellished trousers...but it is close. The combination of textures and the frankly stunning blouse makes it well worth the wait!

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  16. They are quite fabulous on you. Surely a good tailor will be able to take them in a bit? If there's a seam, there's a way!
    xxx

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  17. OMG! How hot is that! So Balmain - love it.

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  18. This outfit is Veshoevius fabulousity at its best!

    You know I have worn leather pants to work and it felt great. That was a while back and they are to big for me now so I must say your pants are kicking girl and the shoes give it an edge.
    I am going on a cruise in late March and that Gold blouse would look to hot with a ivory skirt and some kitten heels.
    Whew! You can tell I like your outfit can't ya. Hehe!

    Oh, a good tailor can take in leather trousers.

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  19. I am afraid she had my office in mind. I work with a television channel, and you should see the kind of stuff people wear to workplace. In all fairness, this is a casuals galore office and the Sales staff dresses up smartly and looks quite good. The rest of the people, especially in the Creative and Content team dress as they like, but work very hard, so I guess everything goes.

    Those are really good looking pants, and I am not surprised that they bagged out a little. Leather is treated differently for shoes and clothes, so it's likely that it will loosen out on a pair of pants. hopefully, you will find a good tailor who'd be able to take them in.

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  20. Those leather pants are divine. I love the black and gold kinda of style..
    I was going to mention that is so Grit and Glamour outfit.. but I see that she made a comment already
    Lee x

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  21. I have no idea whether the sweet Taylor and Brad are still with dear Rachel but you would definitely kick some serious arse (and maybe run Taylor out of town);). I'm stunned just utterly stunned by this awesome outfits - the pants are the perfect length and the top! The jacket! My god it's all just fantastic on you. I have a pair of leather pants that fit everywhere but the waist, so thanks to your shared experience, it looks like they'll be making a return to my closet and worn a lot to stretch the waist. Might need to do a post if it works:). Yes you'll find a tailor who'll do the job, I would recommend you try your favorite dry cleaner who usually has a couple of good stitchers on their books. Xo

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  22. You look like a hot rocker chick. I especially love that lame blouse. I think you should go to a fun bar in that outfit and get back to us with what happens!

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  23. I love the leather trousers. I know what you mean about the size 8/10 debacle. AND I know it hurts but I always go with one size small because trousers ALWAYS stretch out and its mad annoying. I just got leather look leggings as I couldnt find any I liked. Its probably a good thing. (i dont need more pants)

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  24. loveee! so fierce

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  25. GASPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE this outfit hon!! Totally fierce! I'm seeing Jim Morrisson...
    ...and oh yeah I hear you regarding leather shoes. They stretch sure. After a year!

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  26. aw ! it rocks !!!
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  27. Thanks everyone for the comments and comforting to see that many of you think taking leather garments in should be possible. Seems like many of you are into the leather look too!

    @Pratishtha Durga - your office sounds fabulous - are you recruiting???

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  28. What size did you buy the Topshop Feather coat in? Want to buy it but confused about sizing. Did you buy a size up from your usual? x

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  29. @Anonymous - sorry to reply so late - I am a UK 8 and I bought an 8 and it was about right.

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