For the imperfect Fashion lover.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Wearing leather leggings, over 40.

Casual daywear, over 40.

Styling vintage clothes with leather leggings.

This outfit has quite a lot of things going on: Vintage items, Layers, Colorful footwear, Legwarmers (with bows), an Oversized Snood, Leather leggings and on top of all that..the Scottish weather to contend with!

Let's start by talking about leather leggings.

Leather leggings, over 40?!

Oh dear, they can look awful, can't they?

But I need to clear one thing up right now...

Leather leggings, looking awful, has NOTHING to do with age....or size.
It is all about attitude.
{Okay, a decent bum does help, BUT can easily be covered if you don't have one}
Leather leggings are edgy and cool and you need the attitude to match.
Wearing leather is all about the attitude.

Things to think about when wearing leather leggings:

  • Get the best Quality you can afford. If your budget is tight then get a good faux leather. Or, ponte with a leather trim...they can look really nice too.
  • Make sure they Fit!!! A baggy bum is just awful, and you don't want to be yanking them up all day.
  • Keep your Footwear in mind. A patent spike heeled ghillie boot gives off a very different vibe to a suede slouchy one. Pumps (court shoes) can look really classy and trainers give a relaxed (sports luxe) feel.
  • Keep the rest of you look loose. Now is not the time for plunging necklines, boob tubes and skin tight tops...although, if you are a woman on a mission then this is a winning combination. Go for it and have fun! 
  • Casual layers work well. If you are looking for a "too cool for school" vibe. Although, I wore vinyl leggings for a wedding (honestly)...see that post HERE.
  • Rock them!! Stride out, they are sexy (even styled casually) so own them. It is the ONLY way to wear leather leggings. Don't apologise...strut your stuff!
Leather leggings & layers | Fake fabulous

Cosy knitted layers.

I chose to mix my leather leggings with some casual layers, for a colourful and relaxed daytime look.

This vintage cardigan/coat is 100% {old-fashion} wool.
Do you remember the kind that still had it's lanolin?
It used to be a little itchy on the skin,  but repelled water and was so warm.
Modern wool is just not as warm, perhaps it is over processed?

Does anyone else agree?

This jacket is so cosy (a double layered knit) and a classic shape.
It goes really well with a skinny jean, or in this case, a skinny leather legging.

I popped on another cosy layer in the form of this giant, oversized snood.
It can be worn like a scarf or as a shawl/cape. Perfect as an extra layer against the wind.
The camera can't share with you how wild it was...hang onto your hats! (or berets in this case)

Layering knits in Autumn / winter | Fake fabulous

You can see in the photograph below that I am a bit soggy, but still smiling!

I needed to take off my layers to show you my vintage shirt and bright jumper.
The jumper has side zips and a leather trim which ties in with the trousers and pulls everything together.
The vintage shirt is a joy to wear...see how I styled it here with vintage shoes and a cape.
It is important (for me) not to look like I am off to a fancy dress party when wearing vintage.

I love vintage items for the cut and the fact that you are unlikely to bump into anyone wearing the same.. but I want a modern look.
Full-on vintage is a look I love on others, but not for me.

Layering for winter | Fake fabulous
My bright raspberry pink boots were the obvious choice with this outfit!
They are old now (and originally from the children's section at Boden) and I will be so sad to see them go when they finally fall to bits. :o(
Why am I struggling to find anything similar? I can't be the only person who likes bright shoes (over the age of 10)  Can I?
These raspberry beauties pick out the pink in my snood (and of course, the umbrella...without which, I would have looked like a drowned rat) and with the addition of a fun legwarmer (wool again) with cute bows I felt good to go.
That is the power of wearing a little colour and having fun.
I defy anyone to be glum in pink boots!

Do you/would you wear leather leggings?
How will you style them?
Do you like bright shoes and boots?
Please share in the comments...I'd love to hear from you!

Snood: me! (this one is okay....I tried for an age, but couldn't find anything like mine....if you do please share in the comments!)
Cardigan/coat: Vintage Windsmoor (this is their modern version, in a more practical grey)..this Boden one is nice too!
Shirt: Vintage Jacques Vert (this one looks cool!)
Jumper: French connection (this one is great...and a gorgeous green!) This one from Boden would work.
Leggings: River Island (real leather ones) these ones are faux leather...and just as awesome!
Umbrella: Fulton (this one is black with stars on the underside...want! I could not find a decent pink one, except for kiddies with peppa pig)
Earrings: A gift (these are nice).
Legwarmers: Tabio (found on ebay)
Boots: Boden (these are nice.....these are hot pink :o) and funkier) These are kiddies ones (and go up to a 39)...I want them in teal!
Lipstick: Barry M (fun and cheap!)
Beret: TkMaxx (this one is beautiful...swoon)
Leather gloves: A gift (these are nice, and fleece lined)

SHOP the Leather look:



  1. I was just thinking how much I love those boots....and to find out you got them in the kid's section---brilliant! Of course you're not the only one who loves colored footwear! Wait to you see my shoes on the blog tomorrow---also bright pink (and totally my new faves!!). Maybe we could dye the boring white/tan ones?---do you think it'd work? And kudos to you for taking pictures in the rain....we chicken out and take them inside!! jodie

    1. Oh...sorry Jodie! They do go up to a 39 (uk6) and are on the large side. I think that we need to search for some colour and give each other the "heads up" if we find anything? Haha.
      As for the rain...we get A LOT of that so I will be out until the camera is in danger then we will retreat.
      However, I have no "empty walls" to photograph against....our house is ja packed with people! XXX

  2. I love leather leggings!!! :)

  3. I love this look! You always do such an awesome job styling vintage pieces with new pieces. I love the blouse with the jumper - not a combo I would think of. I love the ideas you give me! :-) Oh, and the fun scarf is great, too!

    I just ordered some leather leggings and really hope they'll work out! We shall see.

    1. That is great news Andrea....They WILL work for you, just believe in yourself and stride out confidently. Rock them!! XXX

  4. Great look Sam! I love seeing all of the layers you create and the colors. Your boots are fab as usual. I honestly have pulled out my leather leggings just today to think about styling them I also enjoy learning a new word now and again, "Snood".. have to look in context :-) Love the colors in your scarf too. Looking great, you ROCK the leather looK!
    jess xo

    1. Great minds think alike, Jess! I can't wait to see your spin on them, you are always a class act. The scarf IS the snood...:oD and I am glad you like it (I made it myself) XXX

  5. lovely outfit, fabulous layering and really cool leggings!. You rock them!!
    Love your pink-framboise boots, as I'm a huge fan of bright shoes too! such a funny piece!
    And also love your accessorizing, your beret, scarf, gloves, legwarmers, everything is funky!. Love how you've created a coherent ensemble, mixing and matching colors with style and attitude!

    1. Wow what a great compliment! You have to have attitude in leather trousers...Even if we fake confidence, nobody knows the difference anyway! Thank you so much. XXX

  6. Simply fab, Samantha! All of it is spot on. Dressing down the leather leggings is the best way to difuse them from being over vampy. Lucky you that you have small enough feet to buy from the kids section. Did you take all your own photos?
    Anna x

    1. Thank you Anna. My feet are a 4...the kids ones go up to a 6 (and they are large made)....could you fit?? Maybe? I did not take my own photos. I roped my husband reluctantly in. It was a comedy turn, him with the big brolly under his chin, wind howling, leaves flying around rain coming in sporadic shouting instructions....priority? protecting the camera of course!

  7. Big yes to leather leggings and an even bigger yes to coloured shoes. It's so hard to find coloured shoes for Autumn and Winter that don't cost the earth. Must easier in Summer but black, brown and grey get a bit samey for 6 months of the year!
    Such a fun outfit and love all those soft colours in your snood that are topped of by that lovely beret.
    Well done you and your hubby for braving the weather! The wind here the past few days has been terrible - not easy for taking photos!

    1. Thank you! Hubby was not impressed..hahaha. I had photos planned for this afternoon but the tail end of Abigail is battering the windows so maybe not. Time for a re-think. XXX

  8. had thought leather leggings were only for club wear but you have convinced me that my thinking was wrong. now i need to find a pair for myself.

    1. A big "whoop whoop" for that! Please let me know how you get on. XXX

  9. The last pointer is the big one - have to feeeel sexy. I'm 37 and more J Crew, Ann Taylor, squeaky clean, conservative etc, but think I'm going to give these a shot ... and find some dark movie theater to wear them to the first time! Hopefully they grow on me. Everybody raves about them, and I must admit, I love the idea of wearing cozy sweaters and sneakers all the time!

    1. Thank you very much for your comment...I laughed at your "Dark movie theatre"...hahaha. I do hope you give them a go! I wore mine again for work today (with a teal jumper and burgundy ankle boots) boss let slip "What the hell are you wearing?!" before he could help himself. I laughed out loud! you can't be shy in leather trousers.
      If you do decide to take the plunge have lots of fun strutting your stuff. Please tweet me a picture of how you style them! XXX

  10. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I can't make up my mind which of the outfits I love the most.

  11. Love how you styled the leather leggings. I bought a pair and have been waiting for the weather to cool down to wear them.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.


    1. Cosy AND drizzle-proof, Alice! Perfect for the Scottish Autumn. Thank you for your comment. XXX

  12. You rock the leather leggings, and thanks for sharing the tips! xo


  13. Love how you've put this outfit together, the colours and textures.
    I quite like kids shoes, I'm a size 4 so I usually visit kids section first for boots and wellies etc. Sometimes even get clothes from kids section too.
    I love leather leggings on other people, not sure how I'd style them though. I'm small (5ft4) and very pear shaped. So sometimes I think I just have to admit that certain clothing won't do me any favours. Leather leggings as much as I covet thee. You belong in that category along with short shorts and pencil skirts!
    But then again with the right top I could rock them??!

    1. Thank you Rae lou!
      My friend is 5 feet nothing and a size 16-18....she just bought a pair of leather (look) leggings as was rocking them with wedge boots and a long jumper-tunic. She looked amazing! At 5 feet four you are practically amazonian in comparison and could definitely wear them and be fabulous. Go for it!! XXX

  14. Very cute outfit! Love those leather leggings on you!!!!

    Mahogany Closet

  15. I just discovered your blog. Love your style!!

  16. Those leather leggings look great on you and the colors you match up with them are perfect !!

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