STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: The Perfect Pair of Leather Pants

It began when I spotted Miranda Kerr wearing a pair with a sheer blouse, then it was Kate Moss and then I began to see them everywhere, on everyday people like you and me — my obsession with leather pants was born. I have been craving a pair for a couple of months but fear slowed down my purchase to a grave degree. A recent article in Grazia magazine confirmed that I was not the only one wondering if the leather pants revival was a fashion must-have of a fashion never have and please discard of carefully as you would other '80s throwbacks. I decided it had to be the former, they looked way to good! Now the problem I then faced was that yes of course they looked good on the likes of Moss and Kerr but how would they fair on a 5-foot-4 young lady whose favourite catwalk is the one the aristocats do when they dance?

The search was on to find the perfect pair of leather pants. I began my search in River Island and I was instantly beaming when I walked into their store on Dublin’s Henry St to find a mass of leather and faux leather trousers to choose from. I picked a leather pant with an elastic waist (common it seems), a leather two tone pant (a mix of fabric and leather for a seemingly better fit) and finally a leather legging. All three I must say were huge let downs; the first were horribly ill fitted, the second looked far from anything Ms. Moss would touch and the legging was fine apart from the fact one would need a top to go at least as far as your thighs. The next stop was Oasis, where I spotted a fab looking pair in their window display. They weren’t cheap but hey if they did the business and I felt, "Hey this is an investment buy". I was again met with a fitted waist, a baggy thigh area and an odd bootcut at the end.

By this time I was getting desperate and so I tried Penny’s (Primark to everyone outside of the republic). I was chancing my arm but I felt my expectations may have been lowered, yet at twenty euro I think you know how that dressing room visit went. Should I give up and buy some black skinnies? No!

My last stop was Zara and as I cautiously approached what looked like a pair of wax trousers (leather like material) in both Isabel Marant style red and signature black, I was saved. They fit like any good pair of jeans and the material is a fantastic lightweight alternative to real leather. The panelling is a wonderful figure fixer and they go great with any daytime or nighttime ensemble. I chose to wear them with a basics and a huge coat (it's freezing here!) but they also look great with sheer shirts, rock T-shirts and singlets.

Now that I have done all the hard work go and get yourself a pair before they’re gone!!
 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: The Perfect Pair

Tired of trudging through snow and slush with the same pair of rain boots, College Fashionistas are seeking an equally warm alternative to their wellies. Introducing, the perfect pair: the ankle boot and ankle sock.

Today’s Fashionista treads on snow with stylishness by pairing her leather lace-ups with warm wool. Perfect for playing up footwear while remaining practical, the ankle sock is being worn in spades this winter. Although many of this season’s shoe styles are sock-friendly, the ankle boot has certainly taken the sock by storm. Contributing a casual edge to jeans, leggings, and tights, the ankle boot-and-sock combination provides the cool comfort necessary for cold weather footwear. Complemented by coordinating acid wash denim and tartan plaid flannel, this Fashionista’s ensemble achieves effortless edge. Careful to counteract the boyish silhouette of an oversized shirt and androgynous footwear, she wraps her outfit in a ruffle-embellished coat, trimming the ensemble with subtle softness. Warming up with a cool palette, this black and blue collection is not only suited for snow, but style as well.

To pick out your perfect pair, check out Free People and ASOS.
 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: The Perfect Pair

It’s all about the boots this season. Therefore, it’s been an ongoing process for me to find my perfect pair. If you’re like me, you pick apart each pair of boots you see. Here’s my usual repertoire of critique: “This buckle doesn’t look right there”, “They’d be so much cuter in brown”, or “I wish the heel wasn’t so chunky”. Needless to say, I’m very particular about what I expect from my ‘perfect pair.’ You should be too, because they’re only your perfect pair with your approval.

The first thing I saw on this Fashionista was her perfect boots; I knew before even looking at the rest of the outfit that she was my next victim. Lucky for me, the rest of the outfit was great too. The kicks are by Bass, a company that specializes in classically constructed, well-made footwear. What struck me initially about her boots were the colors; the marine and burgundy hues create wonderful personality for her outfit and could be the sole provider of color for any outfit if need be. They come a quarter of the way up her calves: not too high, not too low, but just right. The lace-up feature is all the rage right now. And the eyelet detail reminds me of a classic pair of oxfords. These boots truly are her perfect pair.

Hint: When hunting down your perfect pair, don’t be scared to splurge because God only knows you’ll be getting a ton of wear out of those puppies. After checking out Bass, I’m sold on the store. Piperlime also has an oasis of selections. And, as we all know, it’s always hard shopping online and not being able to try on. The good thing about boots is that they give room for slack. Playing it on the safe side, like getting a pair that’s a little bigger than your normal size, is perfectly okay.
 

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