Actually it's not even a big reveal as I mentioned it last week (this is going well today, isn't it?) but on further consideration of my plan that I highlighted yesterday - ie getting together an excellent A/W wardrobe that will mean I am super organised and make the most out of all my clothes, these are definitely a must.
We're still on the black theme but this time we're talking essential trousers - well, jeans. We're also talking leather. Ok, so some people may be talking leather but personally I'm on the pleather hunt.
There is definitely something to be said for leather. For sure. One of my closest friends last week, when we went to the Chiltern Firehouse for lunch, had these newly purchased beauties on. Oh my lord alive, they were amazing on her. Absolutely amazing. In a different league from the M&S ones I tried on (sob). I do think though that you need to have a beautifully rounded derriere for these, as opposed to my blobby, pancake landslide of a behind.
Claudia leather panel leggings $495 from Club Monaco (not available online in the UK but do go and have a look at their new shop at Sloane Square - I can't wait to go and have a look - armed with my definitive "not to be strayed from" shopping list, of course)
However never fear if a) you didn't want leather b) you want to cry at that price and c) you're slightly scared of the leggings aspect of these. Big fat yes to all three from me. I have found what I think is a pretty darn fabulous alternative.
These from Esprit are much more jean like - pockets on the rear for a start (this was the major downfall for me and my flat behind on the M&S ones - well one of the many downfalls if I'm honest. To be fair, the major one was the fact I couldn't do them up) - a million miles more flattering on the majority of people.
And *hyperventilates here as a tall person* they do them in different lengths. Pure unadulterated joy.
Now there is me saying last week - oh I can't find any faux leather jeans at all and hey presto, I find two other pairs at Esprit.
( I know we're all about the black today and I won't lie - this is not my favourite colour but I have two friends who absolutely love - seriously love love love it, and to be fair it is the most amazing Autumnal shade - these are perfect if you're slightly concerned about the Suzi Quattro side to black leather trews. Me? Nah. Bring on the rock chick.)
Or the plain ones (they do these in different lengths as well *still skipping here*)
And whilst we're on the subject of faux leather - (they do actually have some real leather trousers which you can look at but to be honest, the faux leather one look a gazillion times better and are a third of the price AND go in the machine) at the bottom of the screen when I was looking at the above, I spy the following "Things you might also like"
Well what do you know - I think I do. Black and leather looking? If jeans aren't your bag then these are definitely an option.
Esprit faux leather top with a jersey back £45 How perfect with jeans - either smart or casual? This would have been a perfect option for my Big Outfit lunch out last week.
Ditto this dress which reminds me of a cross between my Sandro dress with leather panels and my Me+Em swing dress from last year. I got so much wear out of both of them - this would be perfect for pretty much any occasion.
Also LOVE this which has massively irritatingly gone out of stock in between me seeing it and posting. Not surprisingly really as it is so fab.
However I think my favourite faux leather item - seeing as I am in love with all things dresses is definitely the Sweatshirt dress. Genius. This would work for the pub or out for dinner with heeled ankle boots, ideal for the school run in either biker boots or sneakers and opaques (dare I mention we could still have bare legs with this weather?!)
How fab is this?
Esprit Sweatshirt Dress with faux leather skirt £39. All those issues of what top to wear with a skirt? GONE!
Or in the black. (I prefer the grey although the black may look better in real life - I'm not digging the almost sheer tights and boots combo - personal taste of course)
So there we have a round up of faux leather - the starting point having obviously been my Must Have pleather trousers with all the rest being a "nice to have" or a pretty great alternative. So where do you sit on the pleather trousers? Still happy with your coated jeans or are you wanting to up the shine ante like me? Or do you fancy a skirt instead? Clearly my inner goth is rearing their pleather coated head, desperate to get out - I'm loving it all.
Finishing with my outfit from yesterday. I totally caved on wearing boots - I love this weather, I really do but I am gagging to bring out my old Autumn favourites!
Cream silk sleeveless blouse - Zara
Boucle jacket in navy, cream and khaki - Zara
Jeans turned up - Earl
Navy Newbury boots - Rag & Bone
Medium Marcie satchel in whiskey - Chloe
Tomorrow I'm starting my course on Autism all morning and then a total treat afternoon of drinks in London with The Husband. Oh my lord - have just thought - what on earth to wear?! Off to check the weather forecast - have a good evening everyone x