Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - STYLE NOTEBOOK -

Dear Stylemma, I have seen leather trousers on sev­eral women whose style I ad­mire, and I’d re­ally like to in­vest in a pair. I am 43, and while I still have a good fig­ure, I’m won­der­ing if I’m just too old for this look. Also, is this the sort of thing you need to spend money on to re­ally get right, or will the high street suf­fice? No, you are not too old, it’s just a mat­ter of how you style the look. Past a cer­tain age, leather trousers are as rock chick as you should go, so make the rest of your out­fit as chic, tai­lored and la­dy­like as you can. Think Jerry Hall. Try a pussy-bow blouse, or a twin­set and pearls, or a cash­mere jumper with, maybe, an over­sized neck­lace, or a ca­sual Ox­ford shirt. Heels are to be avoided; go for bal­let pumps, Chanel if you can. And no, you do not need to splurge. While search­ing for the per­fect leather trousers, we found that Topshop’s leather trousers are just as well cut as any of the more ex­pen­sive de­signer ver­sions we tried; there’s also the fact that leather trousers are some­thing you could eas­ily tire of, so they are not worth splurg­ing on. Things to watch: avoid styles based on jeans, so no zip­pers, jeans-style pock­ets, or any such de­tails, oth­er­wise you’re in Bon Jovi ter­ri­tory. Get the skin­ni­est fit you can find — it’s just more flat­ter­ing, and leather will stretch and loosen.

Some peo­ple put on a pair of leather shorts and feel the need to dress ev­ery­thing else down. Not our Holly. She’s gone for an ut­terly put-to­gether look with her leather shorts. The dainty eyelet de­tail­ing on the shorts gives them a more la­dy­like edge...

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