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;