And I was right. In Nordstorm particularly to check out their Madewell offerings for my daughter's Christmas gift, she suggested we check out possible leather skirts. And there it was: my skirt, ready to dress up or down, in a very wearable style, the length easy and practical and, in my opinion, a bit street-sassy with sneakers although I can also take it to the opera if I wear a lighter hose and a heel... It looks great with a loose sweater but also good with a blouse tucked in. Has the same ease as a denim skirt but considerably more polish. Simple, clean line, but with a neat design feature in the extension of the front piece beyond the zippered side seam in a just-wide-enough-for-emphasis band -- and the zipper itself opens the skirt completely, several inches above the hem.
Even a skirt this magical doesn't pair well with snow boots, sadly, so I had to wait to take it outside. Earlier this week, though, I met one of my sisters for our almost-a-tradition-now lunches at our favourite splurge spot. Yes, there was still some ice, some slush, some puddles to navigate, but I thought my (Vince) sneakers might get me safely around those, and what might look polished enough with those sneakers to wear to lunch in an upscale restaurant?
The silk shirt is the one I bought in Bordeaux at &Other Stories, and the cardigan is Bompard. The whole outfit feels delicious to wear (silk+cashmere+leather? No-brainer!) and much of the luxury, for me, comes from its practicality. I have to chuckle a bit, recognising how closely this resembles the school uniform I wore for years: dark cardigan, neutral skirt (ours was grey, with a box pleat centre front, and Sister Superior would absolutely have approved of the length of my pencil skirt, although eyebrows would certainly have been raised by the leather), sensible black shoes (ours were leather penny loafers -- a concession to the changing tenor of the 60s, in place of the earlier, sternly sensible Oxfords).
So many questions I could ask you to generate some conversation today: For example, Do you find yourself recognising patterns from your earlier sartorial life resurfacing in your wardrobe today? Have you ever worn a uniform? Do you have an informal uniform of your own choice these days? Do you/have you/ would you ever wear a leather skirt? Has that anything to do with your age? And finally, just for fun, if you were heading out to meet a sister or friend for a Solstice lunch or Christmas-week drinks, and you had to navigate some weather-iffy sidewalks on the way, what might you wear to keep it festive and practical at once?