A Little Leather Goes A Long Way Baby

Angela RipponI can’t help it – I too, am touched by social media (on occasion).

This week our very own ladies from BA50, that’s BetterAfter50.com
in case you have been living in a cave, shared a post from a site in the
UK – ‘White Hot Hair’ where they featured Angela Rippon.

Love the attitude of 71-year old broadcaster Angela Rippon when asked about her fashion choices: “When I was buying my leather trousers I didn’t notice a label in them saying “Only to be worn by twenty somethings.’…The problem is, when you get to my age, the style police say you shouldn’t wear this or that. I say knickers to that!”

DressNordstromQuite honestly, I hear it all the time. Oh, I am too old for leather, let’s leave that to Carrie Underwood…that skinny *#%@*. My response? First – get over it, everybody’s body is different and I find more women are dressing too old than are dressing too young.

Leather is for all ages, because dear readers, as you know I am always talking about your wardrobe by categories. Need a review? Here you go – pants, skirts, dresses, jackets, tops, sweaters, shoes, and accessories. Now there’s 8 categories where you can pop a little leather into your life, look lavishly stylish and not attract the fashion police.


Let’s shop the 8 to be great ~ or at least give you some ideas by category!

Pants – and no they don’t have to be full leather and they don’t have to be so tight that you need a crowbar to remove them.

SkirtBananaSkirts – again not a second skin – here is a flattering A-line – partial pleather.

Dresses – Mixing the media with pleather trim, ponte knit and classic styling.

Jackets – Now it doesn’t have to be the bomber, although you just might rock that with a silk blouse and a pair of dark wash jeans. It could be something a tad more conservative like a menswear blazer with a pop of pleather on the collar.

JacketBananaTops & Sweaters – Options abound with the choices of leather trim being endless – cuffs, full sleeves, collar bands, even just leather trimmed zippers down the front or the back. Just be open to the idea and the items will appear!

ShoesBananaShoes & more shoes – Whether we are talking flats, pumps, booties or sky high boots, the type of leather, the color and even the finish can vary. Grab a boatload to try before flagging down the sales associate.


Bags – Big bags, little bags, lotsa bags! So many bags, so little time! Here’s a piece of bag candy!

Still have questions on how to break down your wardrobe by category?

My recently published book Confidence Is Always In Style has a 20-page chapter with step by step instructions on how you can edit your closet, control the chaos and fine-tune the categories!

As always shout out your comments here on the page!



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