Get your minds out of 50 shades of beige - I don't mean that sort of Leather and Collars...
With most fashion fads, they are fairly predictable about a year ahead, or at least a couple of seasons, as most of them are based on a fairly formulaic repetition from the archives of bad fashion choices, revisited in a better light.
Leather is clearly having a well over-due revival. Based, I think, mainly on this years weather being so bad. I know that sounds a bit daft, but many people think leather can pe a pricey fashion investment. Trousers, dresses, coats, blazers. Definitely not a faddy purchase. But this years british weather has been actually very consistent. Wet and Cold. All year. So leather is suddenly becoming a really good idea. At fighting the cold, real skins are second to none. So leather and real fur are sure to enjoy a massive resurgence because of this.
This girls "right up my street" with the leather fetish... Don't knock it until youve tried it!
This is taken from osotvblog - click for the entire look
There is no way I could do a whole piece on leather without mentioning Cheryl Cole's leather dress this week. Wow. Even for her muted dress sense of short Herve Ledger dresses and platform stilettos, our Cheryl managed to look fairly refined.
Glam.co.uk (really like this site - take a look)
However, this site, lushlee.com, has a vast array of really beautiful leather collars, that are so elegant and delicate I think Id buy one in every colour - (if I could).
I have been determined to find a leather shirt, to no good avail. I'm thinking of going to a bespoke tailor - its the only way,
The Vintage Dressmaker blogspot - I dont have these skills!
As I am sure by the new year shirts will be the top go-to item, changing only in sleeve length for the summer, seeing a 50's look return. Short sleeved shirts, ankle cropped tailored trousers and flat shoes. Seen this classic and wonderful look anywhere before?
We have already begun to embrace the return of the collar for the last 3 years, in various forms, collar necklaces, peter-pan collars, studded collars, button-down collars, sheer shirts and collars, soft collars; Its a short stretch to see the return of the "popped" collar look.
However - its undeniably flattering, add a blazer and its lovely for work, add a cardigan its lovely for the weekend, add some colour its great for a day at the beach, add some good underwear underneath it all and you look like a pin-up girl.
In fact I'm sure the pin-up image will be one gracing the look-book stories by autumn 2013. Combined with our fascination for all things a little bit raunchy at the moment (thank you slummy porn), we will finally be harking back to some decent images of sexual distraction for women, that isn't short skirts, stripper heels and tight tops.
Instead we will see a return of the stocking and most importantly - the corset... mark my restricted words...