So this post is all about the leather, or more specifically, mixing of leather colors. Do you remember being in junior high and being so mad when you would see someone wearing black shoes and a brown belt? No? That was just me? Huh. Well, my little junior high mind would be so upset. PUT ON A BLACK BELT WITH THOSE SHOES! Then I grew up, and first and foremost realized I don’t care what other people wear, and second, that mixing leathers can be a GOOD thing. (Don’t tell my 14 year old self, she would throw a fit.)
So let’s start from the beginning, maybe not back to 8th grade, but from when I first laid my eyes on this bag from ISLY Handbags. I don’t have anything like it! Have you ever seen me wear a tan handbag? For some reason I didn’t have one in my arsenal, and when I saw this one I knew it had to be mine. Is there a more perfect way to bring a little tan into my wardrobe than with a perfectly made (in Los Angeles, mind you!) tote with cream water snake detailing? So as soon as I got it, I of course started trying things on with it. Imagine my shock when I realized I didn’t have shoes in the same color, or even the same color family, as the bag! Well, I could go with white, but it felt a bit too expected and we all know that is NOT what I am about. So now what?
As I found the perfect outfit to go with the bag, sans shoes, I started to realize that I kind of had a light and dark scheme going, and on any normal day, these dark burgundy platforms would be an automatic “shoe-in”. Ha. Get it? Anyway, they looked so good with the rest of the outfit, but my hesitation about leathers matching all of the sudden kicked in and I almost didn’t even pick up the bag to see how it looked all put together. Thank God I did because who knew you could do light and dark leathers while still looking perfectly put together!?! Oh, mostly everyone knew that? Well, if anyone out there is like me… the outfit works because all of the colors go together, as a whole. And that, my friends, is the moral of this story. Maybe I am one of the only people who obsessivly thinks about leathers in categories of lights and darks, but in most cases where there is one, there are more!
So, 14 year old me, you need to expand your horizons and get outta the house a bit more, okay? No, SRSLY. 😉
Photography by Randy Tran