Fashion Focus: Ladies in Leather

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Leather dress by Simply Be

With leather a big trend in Fermanagh at the moment Sharon Irvine feels that not all leather looks will be appealing…

On a recent shopping trip I noticed quite a lot of leather and leather look items in our local stores.

I often wonder how the ladies of Fermanagh will take to certain trends and leather is one trend in particular that I have never managed to get into myself, perhaps because the thought of trying to squeeze into a pair of leather trousers does not appeal to me or the thought of how uncomfortable they might be.

I also like the look of leather jackets on other people but for some reason have, as yet, been unable to find one that suits me.

Although the 1960s are a big trend at the moment, leather is a trend that very much stems from the 1970s and was revolutionised by glam rock and female rock stars such as Suzi Quatro.

I watched a programme recently about how until artists like Suzi Quatro emerged in the mid-1970s female style was very much feminine despite how modern and open minded women had become throughout the sixties.

Quatro was this breath of fresh air who almost looked like a boy but was still very feminine in her own right. Her look was completely unique and, at the time, very radical.

To this day many still have their misconceptions about leather clothing, don’t get me wrong there are some really nice leather dresses and fab leather biker jackets in our local stores at the moment but there is just something wrong about a short leather skirt.

Even if dressed down with a knitted jumper and a pair of ankle boots the leather skirt will always draw you in and it just makes me think of Kat Slater from EastEnders.

Although it’s a trend that keeps coming back here in Fermanagh it seems to be on overload at the moment, yet I haven’t actually seen that many people out and about in their leather skirts or leather trousers.

To be perfectly honest I feel this is a trend that needs to be dressed down rather than worn on a night out on the town, particularly the leather skirt and heel combination (except if it’s a pencil skirt).

I am not trying to offend anyone or put anyone off buying leather however I do feel it should be worn with caution.  Teaming leather with the correct items is vital and can only go one way or the other.

If you pair everything together correctly it can look really good but if you get it wrong it can be oh so wrong.

Try to stick with a happy medium, don’t put too much black together, try to avoid loud leopard prints, don’t pile leather on leather and where possible try to keep the whole look very much toned down, therefore thigh high boots with a short leather skirt are a huge a no go area.

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