Normally, I am not a big fan of fit-and-flare dresses or skirts. To be honest, before buying this one, I only had one other fit-and-flare dress in my closet. I had that dress bought for swing dancing, i.e. it had to be fit-and-flare to get the style of that epoch right. However, when I saw this black leather fit-and-flare dress I needed to try it out. I was a little skeptical because of the girlishness, but my husband loved the dress on me so I got it. To stay warm, I wear tights and a half slip. I added my fuchsia cashmere sweater that I knotted in the front as it would hang too long when worn open and hence destroy the nipped-in waist of the dress. Too toughen it up I added my Harley Davidson booties. To keep it polished and grown up I finished the outfit with three strings of pearls.

stylist in skater skirt

style book author in fit-and-flare dress

older woman in leather dress
Halogen Fit-and-flare leather dress with knotted cashmere cardigan and pearls

Mature women can wear a fit-and-flare leather dress

This leather dress twirls really nicely when I spin during dancing. I really love spinning. To not show to much I always wear biker shorts under all my dance dresses. I always try to have them in a matching color to my dress so it does look seamless and not funny.

style blogger dancing in a fit-and-flare-leather-dress

leather lady in leather dress with red pumps and yellow bag
Halogen black hide dress, Hermes collier de chien cuff, Gloria vanderBilt pumps, Longchamp bag, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, and statement necklace (all own)

How to wear strappy sandals under a gown in winter

At balls in winter, I even wear leggings under my long gown. However, then it is not for protection of “sight”, it is to ensure I can wear strappy elegant sandals. Thus, going to the ball I would have wool socks and boots on. Once I arrive at the ballroom, I would take off the boots and socks and slip into sandals. Then I also would push the legging to above my knee so they would not show when I spin with the gown.

midlife blogger in chic black dress with sunflower color bag and red shoes

mature woman looking posh in a black Fit-and-flare Leather Dress and yellow and red pops of color
Halogen dress, Gloria vanderBilt pumps, Moda International cardigan, Longchamp bag, Bulova watch, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, and statement necklace (all own)

I like black. It is such a nice canvas for any pattern, for instance, the stripes, or accessories, for instance, these colorful bangles, and the dotted silk scarf. I had to wait very long for this leather dress as it was on back order when I ordered it online. However, the dress was worth the wait. It is so versatile as any other LBD. One can dress it up or down. Due to the cut of the skirt it can even go girly.

Here I combined it with a striped sweater and black tights. The scarf and bangles at a pop of color. The stripes of the sleeves take the LBD to work appropriate. In warmer climate, this outfit would be a perfect work to dinner combo. Just take off the sweater, and switch the accessories to more bling , and you would be ready for a night on the town.

fashion blogger in wide skirt dress with stripped sweater
Halogen leather dress worn over striped sweater accessorized with Hermes bangles, polka dot scarf, black tights and booties (all own)