As I am apparently susceptible to becoming obsessed with particular styles, I thought I would share my most recent love affair with (faux) leather. Since the ‘wet look legging’ phase of year nine, I have steered fairly clear of leather look clothes, but fashion is as fashion does, and the trend has resurfaced triumphantly. So of course, I hopped on the bandwagon.
This post features two faux leather pieces that I purchased recently and a few different ways of styling them by mixing and matching various accessories.
*I would like to apologise in advance for the poor quality of these photos. Firstly, I am no photographer, and secondly, I have limited space/good lighting in my uni bedroom.*
The first piece is a skirt from H&M that I bought a while ago on a shopping trip that my bank balance definitely did not agree to. I usually avoid these kinds of skirts as they generally don’t suit me, which is why after trying this one on and actually liking the way it looked, I simply HAD to purchase it. At £25, I don’t think it was horrendously priced, however it never fails to frustrate me that H&M don’t offer student discount. Nevertheless, it still ended up in my bag.
As you can see, I am still in love with the fur coat that I featured in my previous ‘current obsession’ post, and will find any opportunity to wear it. I like how it dresses up this simple tied white tee and vans combo.
T-shirt- Calvin Klein (ASOS)
Despite my brother insisting that I look like a ‘wannabe art student’, I am loving berets at the moment, and I think they add an elegant touch to any outfit. The lacy bodysuit in this outfit, combined with the shirt tied loosely over the top, makes a nice ‘smart casual’ combination, which can then be dressed up or down with either a pair of heels or some trainers.
I am channelling my inner Julia Roberts with this hat and sunglasses (which were only £2 from Primark FYI). I think they add a sophisticated touch to this outfit that features the nude Bardot top from Sarah Ashcroft’s range at In The Style. I have also paired the outfit with some cute nude slip on shoes from Zara that compliment the colour of the top.
Top- In The Style
The second faux leather item is also my most satisfying bargain to date. I couldn’t believe my ears when I reached the checkout in Primark and discovered that these trousers that were already originally priced at under £15, had been reduced to just a fiver! I have never left a shop feeling more triumphant. Leather look leggings and trousers are definitely making their comeback and I am here for it.
I love wearing these trousers as a casual daytime look, paired with this Pretty Little Thing slogan t-shirt and my Vans. The shoulder bag was also really good value from Primark and I find that not only does it look great, but it is the ideal size to fit in all my essentials. Once again, the sunglasses make this outfit that little bit more chic.
Top- Pretty Little Thing
This outfit is for when you’re feeling a bit more extra. I am still in love with these bold red boots that I got for Christmas and they go perfectly with this red shoulder bag from H&M, adding a nice pop of colour to this outfit. The grey ribbed bodysuit keeps it simple on top and I have added some bold hoop earrings that look great with your hair slicked back into a low ponytail. Finally, of course, the outfit wouldn’t be complete without my favourite faux fur coat.
Boots- New Look
Earrings- New Look
Bodysuit- New Look
This outfit is so simple yet one of my absolute favourites. This plain white jumper is super comfortable, stylish AND only a fiver from Primark! Accessorising the outfit with the beret, shoulder bag and a pair of strappy heels makes this £10 ensemble look much more expensive.
Heels- New Look
Earrings- New Look
So those are some looks incorporating faux leather that I am loving at the moment. As a result of my bargain-loving nature, none of these outfits featured any items that would break the bank (even for a student), and by adding various accessories, it is easy to make a simple outfit look more sophisticated. There are many more ways you could style these pieces other than the ones I have shown in this post, and I hope I have inspired you to try out some others yourself too!