Yes of course I’m excited about the return of Leather Pants (and Leather Skirts) Season. I’ve been embracing it for the past few months now. (Since late September, in fact.) I wait all year for this to happen and it seems that once again, I’m ahead of the curve. Leather store Danier is pushing way more leather pants and skirts this year (as well as dresses too!), compared to previous years when the focus has been on their jackets and accessories. As well I noticed Sears and Dynamite also have leather skirts in the line-up.
Leather is sometimes a slippery slope for people. For some, it brings back memories of 80′s rock bands or biker chicks. But every so often, it creeps into the mainstream and becomes a staple of fashion. Naturally I’m thrilled about this.
I’ve been doing the whole leather thing since college. Back then, PVC and vinyl were also in style, but it was common to see everyone from TV personalities to normal folks on the street wearing leather pants or skirts. Then from 2000 until 2003 leather was also big again. It seems to come and go, but for me it will always be a staple of my wardrobe.
A few folks out there have wondered if I’ve lost my touch, namely my love for all things shiny such as my leather pants and leather skirts. (Some will recall I have quite the collection: 19 pairs of leather pants, different styles and colors but mainly dark colors and 12 different leather skirts, ranging in style, color and length.) As it was pointed out to me on more than one occasion, it is the season for them. And while “leather pants season” technically begins in the fall and runs through until the spring, I feel I haven’t really been doing my part to uphold my own tradition.
As I’ve said recently, a lot has happened in the past year and maybe I lost a bit of my mojo when it came to dressing up. Normally I wouldn’t think twice about reaching into my closet and pulling out a pair of leather pants and squeezing and tucking myself into them. But with my frame of mind being where it was for the past little while, jeans or even track pants suddenly became an outfit of choice. In fact, those became my go-to outfits when I just didn’t feel like making even the slightest effort, which sadly happened more times than I care to admit.
Although things are on the turn-around I think. Weights have been lifted and it seems that I have less to worry about (I’ll keep my fingers, toes and other body parts crossed) so maybe I will make the most of the leather pants/skirt season while the weather is cool enough to do so.
However honestly, down in Jersey there isn’t as much a market for for the whole leather look as there is in Toronto. It probably has something to do with being a more cosmopolitan big city. While I wouldn’t normally think twice about leather when going out to do something as simple as grocery shopping at Loblaws or going to IKEA, I always felt a little out of place wearing leather when I’m back home, almost as if I was drawing too much attention to myself.
The summer has come and gone. And that brings me to the end of my sabbatical. Funny thing is I wasn’t planning on taking any time off, it just sorta happened.
Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and concerned emails. I am okay, I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth and yes, whenever possible I have managed to slip into a leather skirt (summer evenings can allow for this some times) and a satin blouse. But as anyone will tell you, satin sweats which you can imagine is not a pleasant feeling. And for the record, summer — even the cool days and nights — is too warm for leather pants. )That will start later this month, for those keeping score.)
This summer marks the first time since my move to Canada in 1995 that I didn’t head home to New Jersey for a two week “vacation”. (Is it really a vacation if you’re visiting your home town and family?) But 2009 isn’t over just yet. Of course my annual holiday trip will happen in December, but I’m still gunning for that summer (or now it appears late fall) getaway. We shall see what happens in the coming weeks and months.
Life in Toronto is the same as it ever was. Crowded, over-taxed and tired. But making the best of things as they come along.
I do plan to blog more often, just finding the time to do so with everything going on can be tough sometimes.
And is it too soon to already be thinking about Christmas shopping? Just wondering…