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Patent leather. It’s naughty. It’s wrong. I love it and I hate it.
When I first saw the shiny black leather glimmering down the runway I panicked. Yeah I know 50 shades of grey made everyone run to Anne Summers, buy a dominatrix kit and a whip, but did it really need to infiltrate the fashion industry too?
It looks great on Cara Delevigne, but would it look good on me? Doubtful. Patent is one of those trends that you know wont last very long. It is a trend you will look back on and think ‘dear God, when was it ever cool to wear patent leather outside of a strip club?’ So why buy something patent? Why even bother wearing it when it’s so impractical?
It’s dramatic. Fashion should be fun, interesting, and a little bit outrageous at times. Patent is a little bit scandalous, and it’s fun getting to interpret that and play with a challenging item. What I’d suggest is getting something quite cheap and affordable. There’s nothing worse than spending a fortune (unless you’re a billionaire) on a trend that wont stick around for a long while. So places like Missguided.co.uk, Topshop and River Island have nailed this.
Just don’t do what I did…
Before a multitude of patent popped up on the high street the only other patent pieces you could find were around £70 or more. So I tried to be ahead of the trend and be a little bit smart with my money and headed to eBay. Surely there’s a whole load of S&M retailers selling black patent tube skirts for super cheap? Oh amazing, an Anne Summers black patent tube skirt, only £4.99! For part of a dominatrix set, it looked relatively respectable if I was to pair it with a relaxed grey jersey tee.
So it arrived in the post. In a box adorned with the image of a woman in a matching patent corset, a mask, and a whip. I removed it and pulled it over my body. To no real surprise, the ‘small two inch split’ at the back of the skirt was actually about 6 inches, and revealed far more than anybody in this world would want it to. It was Anne Summers… I mean, what was I really expecting? So I peeled it off my body, and threw it into a bin made of the exact same material as the skirt, and bought myself a half decent one instead.
In the end I decided to get a very simple patent skirt and team it with a fluffy jumper to soften it.
- Don’t buy cheap things from eBay.
- Patent can look good on me and not just Cara Delevigne
- You don’t have to wear a patent corset with a patent skirt to look sexy just because the box suggests, a fluffy jumper looks just as nice.
Fashion should be fun and about taking risks, and there’s nothing more risqué than patent.