With Christmas just around the corner and New Year’s Eve not so far away either, the important question of what you’re going to wear needs to be answered. Voice of London is here to help you with some selected patent leather goodies.
Reporter: Alma Fabiani | Subeditor: Zynab Sandhu
Okay, some of you may be a bit surprised by the idea of wearing patent leather for family times like Christmas. You might have an image of Trinity from The Matrix stuck in your head and while her long coat looked badass, it is definitely too much for a Christmas party.
That’s why we have found the best pieces for you from brands like Topshop, Zara and River Island. You’ll end up looking stylish with an attitude.
#1 The mini skirt
A mini skirt is a classic on its own but if you add patent leather in the mix it becomes a necessity. This cute A line skirt named the Kirkgate Mini, is cut to create a fitted silhouette so don’t need to worry about it scrunching up at your waist every time you walk. Wear it with a silk blouse for Christmas and a sparkly top for New Year’s Eve. Made by Alexa Chung for her collection Archive by Alexa, the skirt costs £35.
#2 The biker trousers
This one is for the girls who prefer trousers to skirts, which is totally understandable although quite daring when you know how much you’re going to eat for Christmas. Patent leather trousers would probably be too much if they were tight fitted but these ones are perfect for a relaxed yet well-thought out outfit. The zips at the knees and on the side pockets plus the press studs at the front make these trousers look badass instead of slutty. For £39.99, I’m sure your grandma will prefer the first option.
#3 The platform block heels
These shoes will look lovely with a nice velvet dress or a cropped jumpsuit. The black zip at the front adds to the charm of the shoes and the block heels will make you taller without you needing to be on 10 inches heels. For £35 they will change your outfit from too posh to rockish.
#4 The heeled boots
These are a variation from all the black items found for you by yours truly. Every little detail about these shoes is well thought out. From the triangular silver heels to the open toe, to the black laces on the back zip, these shoes are dreamy. The grey patent leather gives a softer touch to the shoe that could be too dressed up in black. Made out of real leather, these boots cost £89.
#5 The New Year’s Eve dress
Let’s move on from Christmas to New Year’s Eve with this one. The mini dress is cut to hug your silhouette so that everyone knows you are dressed to impress to welcome 2017. The slit on the left leg makes it even more scandalous which is why you probably wouldn’t want to wear this in front of your grandma. Wear it with coloured high heels or cute pastel flats. From the Topshop Unique collection, the dress is more pricey than usual at £295. Now you’re the one deciding if it’s worth the price or not.