This is the year I shall be doing the mini. Yes I am 43. I am only 43. I do not want to get to 73 and think, you stupid woman, why wouldn't you get your legs out at when you were still a spring chicken?
Opaque lycra is my friend here. It's not just my friend, it's my lifeboat. Without it, there are no legs on show. Winter legs are definitely for encasing in tights. But once we've mastered those (and I shall be doing hosiery research shortly), we're off.
I'm planning on wearing mine with big chunky knits and flat ankle boots. Maybe a long swingy cardigan... (adds to list of things I need to look for). Polo necks and pea coats?
Oh and did I mention leather? Clearly I'm having some sort of midlife crisis. Leopard yesterday, leather today *sees husband running for the hills*. But hell, age is just a number no? (Shall I break it to him that I'm pondering leather wearing with a leopard coat..)
Let's start with way out there. Leather and studs (bear with me...). Ok so yes, this may scream "someone get her some HRT" but I think with an oversized cashmere jumper, black longline cardigan and black flat boots, this could work no? Admittedly there are more versatile ones out there.
Stud fron leather skirt from Topshop £95
Speaking of versatile, this one has a lot more mileage in it. If the leather leggings aren't for you, how about a leather mini. I'm rather liking the look of that fur scarf whilst we're at it.
Stretch Leather mini skirt from hush £240
Softening the look with navy instead of black is definitely an option.
Midnight faux leather from Self Portrait was £190 now £114 (gutted that this one is sold out in my size).
A-line is perhaps a better option and being completely honest, faux leather these days is so good you don't always need to pay full on leather prices. I have a faux leather one from Zara (well remembered - hurrah!) that is amazing and gets dragged out every year. Although it wasn't as cheap as this. A more reasonably priced faux skirt is also a good idea if it's a look you're not entirely sure of and aren't convinced as to how much wear you'll get out of it. And if you love it - invest in a leather one.
Vihowever faux leather skirt from La Redoute £35 in brown with 40% off using the code BIG40.
Or in the black.. again £35 pre the discount.
Faux leather A-line in nude at MSGM was £160 now £80
A-line leather at Muubaa.
Pannala Leather Mini Skirt was £256.50 now £128.25
Absolutely kicking myself that I didn't get the hush version of this last year. Therefore seriously contemplating the faux leather La Redoute version which, with 40% off, is pretty much peanuts. A more flattering option perhaps than a tighter version.
Faux leather mini skirt in black £17 pre discount
Raisin now at Iris & Ink. Have to say this is definitely my favourite and whilst I love the raisin, I know (boring and predictable hound that I am) I'd prefer it in black. Or navy.
Noa pleated stretch leather skirt from Irish & Ink at The Outnet £298
So many people have said they can't do a midi pleated skirt but would love to.., maybe consider a mini version?
Jalila pleated skirt in black faux leather £55 from La Redoute
However I do have a couple of safer options. If rock chick isn't your thing, then how about channelling your inner Ali McGraw with a suede button front number. With a suede skirt I think you can be a bit edgier with the rest of your outfit.
Seventies Suede Mini Skirt from Boden £199
Or similar at La Redoute (especially attractive with 40% off).
Lined suede skirt £119
And finally a longer one. It doesn't have to be short short, this is simply the most stunning skirt.
Leather Wrap Skirt from Me+Em £329
Break it to me gently - too old at 43 for a mini? Or will you be joining me in my revolt against what we're expected to wear?
Seeing as it's still warm, I'm making the most of being able to have bare legs. Which = definitely a midi...
Out for dinner last night.
Dress - H&M
Carmel Velvet Boots - Penelope Chilvers
Thurlaston leopard clutch - Village England
Black pleat skirt - hush
Leopard jumper - H&M
Black Flame slip ons - Seven Boot Lane
Black Onyx jacket - hush
Red Soho Disco bag - Gucci
We have had a lovely day with friends, long dog walk and then drinks. Home now, feet up, Strictly on, red wine on the go and the husband is making my favourite pasta (broccoli, chilli and anchovy). And then X Factor. Is it really wrong to say I adore Saturday nights in during the Autumn?