Last year there was a lot of coverage in the press and amongst bloggers about the Autograph leather ponte leggings (£99). So when they arrived on the scene this season, I thought that I would give them a try before they sold out. And I only just managed it because, the size 8 has now….sold out. Given their popularity last year though, hopefully M&S will be on top of this and fingers crossed, they should be back in store again soon.
The leggings aren’t completely leather but rather leather at the front and ponte at the back. And you know I really liked them but what I found slightly strange was the fit.
The thing is that most very tight things – let’s take tights for example, or normal leggings, or skinny jeans – are rather stretchy. So they expand whilst you’re getting them on and then they fit snuggly once on – the power of lycra and all that. However these leggings are quite unforgiving when you’re putting them on – a bit like jeans used to be before lycra was included in their composition. So it takes a while to get them on. There’s no give in the leather at all, particularly as they are lined with polyester. However, gradually they warm up and give a little so that you can then pull them up another couple of inches. Or perhaps this pair are too small – which is why I’ve ordered a size 10, just for comparison, although the size 8 felt fine once they were finally on. But it’s important that they’re not baggy in the leg – nah, that’s not a good look.
I also fancied trying a sleeveless tunic jumper. This cable knit one is from Limited Edition at M&S but the website doesn’t seem to have quite caught up with the stock yet. Whilst I like the idea of the jumper, I’m not quite sure of its wearability/versatility. It may only have a window of opportunity in my wardrobe of about four weeks. But anyway, sometimes it’s good to try these things just to see what you think. Do any of you have your eye on anything? Is the High Street managing to tempt you yet or are you hanging on to summer clothes for as long as possible? x