Thursday, September 9, 2010
H&M not S&M
Bar the odd jacket, leather clothing has never featured that heavily in my wardrobe. Too vampy, too S&M for my girlie sensibilities.
But maybe it's the Isabel Marant effect this season that's making me view leather in a whole new light. Her sexy-as-hell biker trousers certainly shake off my previous impressions of leather pants.
Maybe it's the colour palette, too. Done in rich caramel tones, leather takes on a totally different look from black. Less vampy, less S&M; certainly not more girlie, but definitely more chic.
Take this leather top from H&M - its toffee tones, butter-soft leather and minimalist, boxy design is sophisticated and luxurious. Think Céline s/s 2010 without the price tag. At £69.99, it's not far off this summer's £75 Wallis version, but it is real leather and it is lined, even if the leather doesn't go as far as covering your back (camel-coloured cotton makes up the deficit). Also available in black and dark grey, this top instantly smartens jeans and goes perfectly with pencil skirts and this season's trousers - choose slim or cropped styles for a neat silhouette.
H&M also offers a V-neck dress with the same leather front and cotton back for £79.99. Available in camel and black, there's also two hidden front pockets. Plus, the advantage of the cotton back panel is that the fit is more flattering and oh-so sexy.