Thursday, October 25, 2012
One of the materials DH uses in his antique organ repair is leather. When he told me what he had spent on the first piece he bought, I showed him how one could thrift leather garments in the same texture and finish he needed for his projects. Little by little, we've built up quite a stockpile of leather skirts over the past year, not all of it put to use on the innards of his organ.
I was ecstatic when I realized that leather was on trend for this fall--not so much because I wanted to wear it but because I'd have fun listing it in the new "store." I've had success with most of it--one pair of men's Ralph Lauren in DH's size (31 x 36) made its way to Australia, making a male customer there very happy. However, this pair of women's did not sell and I suspect it had something to do with the quality of the photo I posted. These are new with the tags still attached. And while the tag says they are an 8, they fit more like my usual 10.
What do you think, am I too old to wear such things? I know that IllusClaire carries hers off with a great deal of style, but then she actually rides a bike too and has good reason to wear them. And every time I see her in them, I'm reminded of a road trip my girls and I took back in my single parent days. We found ourselves all caught up in the motorcycle traffic coming and going from Sturgis, South Dakota. At first, it was more than a little intimidating and then the girls, captive in the back seat, befriended these bikers by waving and making funny faces. At one point, we made a pit stop at a gas station in some remote western town. We were standing in line, taking our turns, for the one-hole ladies room when a "gang of girls" in full biker leathers rolled up. And seeing the line, they walked briskly past us and into the one-hole men's room. My little girls were in deep awe! (Credit for this memory also goes to Shybiker who wrote about a ladies room dilemma earlier this week).
Now tell me, would you wear leather?