This is a double rarity: all black outfit and a leather jacket! I’m still processing each and the whole thing together in this instance. Lemme tell you the occasion: an engangement party [featuring a disco] of someone in the family not close to me but close [enough] to my children so it was one of those, ‘Alright-I’ll-just-go-as-the-mother-and-not-as-me-myself-and-I’ situations. Always tricky. And we haven’t even got to the clothes yet. I rarely wear all black so I like to make it count when I do.This was one occasion I particularly wanted to get just right. The vast majority of the attendees would be in the 25-35 age group. I’m old enough to be mother to most of them. And then the weather, not warm enough for me for a dress so that’s out. The solution came to me the night before but I tried something else that didn’t work and the original idea above was exactly right in my head and in real life. I made a terrible mess though making sure with several pairs of shoes out and then having to look for these Jimmy Choo python kitten heels that I couldn’t remember the exact location of due to the recent move.I found this leather jacket a few months ago and couldn’t wait for the first chance to wear it. I searched high and low for the right one – almost giving up – and in the end this one turned out to be more perfect than I dared hoped for – by Helmut Lang! I never thought it would work for me but there you go. And no alterations needed – how great is that? Shortening sleeves is difficult enough on tailored jackets but in leather … So yes I am very happy with it. I’ve always admired leather jackets on those for whom it’s pretty much a standard issue uniform piece but I never found the right fit or colour for me then. The fit was the biggest challenge as I have broad shoulders and am very short so the sleeves and the body had to be as slim cut as possible. It was a long time coming and though I won’t be wearing it all the time, when I do, it makes me feel very good and that’s what it’s all about!Black silk shirt by Theory which is the same style as the favourite in ivory, vintage Gucci belt, Gap 1969 legging jeans (worn a size up) and Chanel lambskin Classic medium bag in navy. I felt comfortable, the right side of youthful if you know what I mean, appropriate and not like I tried too hard although I did in reality because I was so determined to get it right. D’oh! My children made no derogatory comments so yeah I passed! And my son wiped the disco floor with his dancing – he takes after me! 🙂
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