Last year I really lusted after the Baukjen leather leggings, a few weeks ago I gave in and ordered them. But they didn't suit me at all. I ordered a few bits from Baukjen but I found all the tops came up really big - I ordered 8's and then downsized to 6's but they were stil too big. I did keep one item which I will share below. But the leather leggings were too tight - just too difficult to get on and too tight in the leg.
My conclusion - Baukjen is for tall, lanky ladies, not short ones like me! So the leather leggings got sent back along with some very lovely (but too big) knitwear.
Which got me thinking, am I really going to wear £349 worth of leather leggings? I wanted to try them but I am probably quite relieved they weren't right for me.
Now to the alternatives ...
Black leather look tregging from Mint Velvet at £79, these are leather look at the front and stretch fabric at the back. I have had them for the last couple of years and love them.
Black shine legging from Mint Velvet at £35, now again I have these and despite feeling a bit Oliva Newton John in them, they are actaully very nice and really do look like leather so I'd definitely recommend trying them on. I sized up to a medium but I do feel they need pulling up on the waist a bit, they do have a very wide flattering waist band and are ideal for going out to dinner!
I've just spotted that Mint Velvet have an online exclusive real leather trouser this year but at £399 they had better be good! I won't be trying them but if anyone else does, do let me know!
Then there are waxed or coated jeans and leggings which I think do have that 'leather' look about them and can really dress up an simple jumper for daytime or a pretty blouse in the evening. They make a change from just black jeans and add a different contrast to outfits which are more similar to leather.
I have two pairs from Next (which are very blogger popular and raved about), my problem with Next is that I am between an 8 and a 10, this year I have sized up to a 10 and have them in black and berry but they are a little generous on the waist. The style is high waisted which is good and they are very reasonably priced. They are very difficult to find on the website so use this link - Pull on Coated Leggings £26.
I also have a pair from Boden which are more jeans style with button and zip - Mayfair Skinny Jeans from £50. I wore them for the first time yesterday and they are a definite hit! So guess what, I've ordered another pair with a 20% off offer and a £10 voucher they sent me, bringing them down to £35.
And a few other recent purchases to share with you. First of all the Baukjen top I mentioned to start with. The Lily Relaxed Top at £69 is perfect for this in-between weather and I have worn it a lot with my poncho from Jigsaw. Size down though!
Today flicking through the Hush catalogue I spotted their Ellie Merino Scarf in Aqua Sea but at £69 I thought it was too much. It was styled with a grey cashmere jumper and leather leggings. So I set out to recreate this look but for less money. I have the leggings and I have a grey jumper but I needed the scarf so I headed over to Sweet-Bea my favourite online scarf and accessories shop and ordered one of theirs at £17.50, I think it will work! Look out on Instagram for an update when it arrives - Plain Knit Scarf in Light Teal/Aqua.
And finally I am about to order this gorgeous jumper from Hush (well I am going to order it from John Lewis as I have vouchers)! I will let you know what it is like but I do love an easy to wear boyfriend jumper on lazy days.
A few additions to the winter wardrobe, I hope some inspire you too.
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