9 to 3 wardrobe: My best purchase

How pleather trousers changed my wardrobe

I know I know, I’m not saying anything new here but I’m writing this from a Cafe Nero on a really wet and windy rain. It is the type of day that you wouldn’t venture out of the house unless you HAVE to and sadly, today I did. It’s my dog’s (Maggie) time to have a haircut and it means driving into the local town.

What has this got to do with my best purchase? Well because my pleather (faux leather if you prefer) trousers were the only clothes that I could contemplate wearing. Again. I’ve realised that I have been wearing them pretty much at least 2-3 times a week.

Why? Well they are super comfy (hello elasticated waist band), go with everything I own and are waterproof. They are also really warm and are wipe clean. Need I say anymore?

Wearing Next faux leather trousers
Me wearing my pleather (and faux fur!) with Maggie

The important bit is that you can wear them with everything – trainers, heels, jumpers and ‘dressy tops.’ They never look wrong and I love them for this. I can wear them from the school run to a business meeting, for school assembly and a networking event. I even wear them under dresses if I can’t face tights.

I’ve had this pair (bought from Next for I think £28) for two years. The first year doesn’t count because I felt too self-conscious to wear them. They were too far removed from my jumper/jeans wardrobe but since I “got over myself” and needed to wear clothes that are suitable for school run and business meetings, I have found these indispensable.

Holly Willoughby wears loose leather trousers
Holly Willoughby wears a looser style

There are loads of options to try from super tight leggings to a looser fit and I’m definitely thinking of purchasing some more in a different colour or fit. If you are looking for a bit of inspiration, then I can recommend looking at Cara Suthers Instagram/blog because she styles them brilliantly. I’ve also set up a Pinterest board called The 9 to 3 Work Style Inspirations that you can see a few other stylish ladies wearing them in a way that I would like to.

Cara Suthers
I’m a big fan of Cara Suther’s style choices.

This isn’t my attempt at becoming a fashion or style blog. It is just following the ethos that I set myself when I started this blog – if I find a book, app, system or something that works for me, then I will share it with you. I’m all for making a very busy and complicated life a bit easier. Pleather for life!

These are the ones I have my eyes on to move me into the Spring…

Cropped faux leather jeans from Next
These are Next at £28