The beauty of our simplistic collections is that not only can they be worn as everyday basics by many shapes and size, but their versatility means they form the foundation of a timeless wardrobe. Here fashion writer Sarah Maybank shows us how to team our quality sporty bodycon basics with luscious leathers to create a newfangled approach to city chic.
‘Hide of Good Taste: Teamed with Arteecollage’s Sporty and Bodycon Basics, Leather Gets a 21stCentury Upgrade’, by Sarah Maybank
Once you’re up to speed with the X Factor evictions and the William and Kate baby debate there should be only one thing making headlines in your world this season. The reinvention of leather. Long-lasting and breathable, leather is the original wardrobe staple. Archeologists have been excavating it from graves dating back to prehistoric times and it has been rocking Planet Fashion ever since.
We all know the classic incarnations – iconic biker anti hero (Brando in The Wild One); kick-ass gal with a grudge (Uma Thurman in Kill Bill); rock chick fashion bible editor (French Vogue’s Emmanuelle Alt). This season, have fun with it, channeling ’80s TV power vixens in all their wiggle skirted, batwing shirted glory. Take Dynasty’s corporate wildcat Alexis Colby as your template – think tight pencil skirts, and batwing tops. To stop the look tipping over into fancy dress party-esque parody, dress down the look with luxe sporty basics, which have crossed the divide from Olympics-inspired summer trend to autumn/winter staple.
For bargainous retro leather, raid vintage emporia such as Beyond Retro and Rokit. Then for cutting edge accompaniment, get yourself on Arteecollage.com and immerse yourself in its collection of sleek, minimal dresses and tops. The brand’s trademark soft, modal fabric counterpoints the toughness of the leather, plus unlike cotton jersey, it keeps its shape forever.
For a low key take, wear a sleek knee-length pencil skirt with a soft-stretch Arteecollage asymmetric neckline T-shirt, currently reduced from £34.52 to £18. Go for Mysterious, a striking tomato red or Glory, an understated grey.
For full-on 80s glam, work a bodycon knee-length dress in Effortless (grey) or Ocean Blue blue (£36 reduced from £57.50) with a retro batwing jacket.
For a more sporty look, team cute leather shorts with a body-skimming hoodie, try Arteecollage’s version in Marine Blue or Dressed Up (grey) , reduced from £41.66 to £24.
Finish it off with your favourite trainers or a pair of skyscraper heels, and as much door-slamming Alexis Colby attitude as you care to muster.
Find the full range of modal casual wear, visit Arteecollage.com
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