Leather and lace, paper and fire, ying and yang. In the world of fashion, the mix and match of the tough and the tender, the powerful and the demure, makes for a soothing yet combustible pair.
Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. Leather can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry.
People use leather to make various goods, including clothing (shoes, hats, jackets, skirts, trousers and belts). Leather is produced in a wide variety of types and styles, decorated by a wide range of techniques.
Step out in fashionable, edgy leather wear, if you dare!
Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open, weblike pattern, made by machine or hand. Originally, linen, silk, gold or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber.
Lace Fun Fact: Various modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread. A totally different scale are the architectural lace fences by Dutch designers.
For a touch of class and good taste, be a lass dressed in lace!
Leather, when worn alone, gives off an edgy, tough, masculine vibe.
Lace, when worn alone, gives off a delicate, soft, feminine vibe.
Mix the two together for an off-the-charts look of vitality and vulnerability. Take charge and sensitive. A true fashion hit!
Various Types of Leather:
- Full-Grain Leather
- Top-Grain Leather
- Corrected-Grain Leather
- Split Leather
- Buckskin or Brained Leather
- Patent Leather (my favorite – so shiny and pretty)
- Fish Leather
- Vachetta Leather
- Slink Leather
- Deerskin Leather
Various Types of Lace:
- Needle Lace
- Cutwork or Whitework Lace
- Bobbin Lace
- Tape Lace
- Knotted Lace
- Crocheted Lace
- Knitted Lace
- Machine-Made Lace
- Chemical Lace
Do you want just a tad of leather and lace to offset your outfit? How about a leather and lace handbag? Leather and lace – tough with taste!
Leather Fun Fact: Today most leather is made of cattle skin, but many exceptions exist. Lamb and deerskin are used for soft leather in more expensive apparel. Deer and elkskin are widely used to make work gloves and indoor shoes. Pigskin is used in apparel and on seats and saddles. Buffalo, goats, alligators, snakes, ostriches, kangaroos, oxen and yaks may also be used for leather. The leather manufacturing process is divided into three fundamental sub-processes: preparatory stages, tanning and crusting.
Lace Fun Fact: The origin of lace is disputed by historians. An Italian claim is a will of 1493 by the Milanese Sforza family. A Flemish claim is lace on the alb of a worshipping priest in a painting in 1485 by Hans Memling. Lace was used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies, but didn’t come into widespread use until the 16th century in the northwestern part of Europe.
Leather and lace in clothing, whether worn separately or as a pair, makes for some fashionable garments of spectacular flair!
Mix leather and lace – tough with taste!
“May I help you?”
“Yes, I’m looking for a dress that says sassy yet elegant.”
“Perhaps a skirt and a blouse will do.”
“I’m only buying one garment. I’ve already overspent.”
“Then I have the perfect dress for you.”
“Wow, it’s a blend of leather and lace.”
“Sassy and elegant to fit your fine taste.”
“This dress has a mix of edgy and soft.”
“And it’s your lucky day…a reasonable cost.”
Score yourself to the front of the fashion race dressed in the provocative yet innocent leather and lace!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846