WHERE CAN I FIND A QUALITY LEATHER SKIRT FOR AUTUMN?
Would you be able to point me in the direction of a good leather skirt, or possibly even a dress? I'd like one for autumn.
Ashleigh (27), WestmeathFrom backpacks to skirts, dresses to trousers, leather defined many of the catwalks for autumn/winter 2013.
Some went hell for leather, including Jil Sander, Fendi and Prada, proving that it remains a key fabric for winter.
Fashion trends aside, I've always considered a good-quality leather skirt as a perennial wardrobe staple. For the new season it's all about the shape, proportion and texture. Vintage throwback continues with longer-length, mid-calf pleated skirts with high waists that flare just below the knee.
Marks & Spencer's black leather Autograph skirt (1 €270) is the perfect example of this timelessly elegant shape, while over at Zara you'll find a similar full skirt in maroon leather (2 €159).
Faux leather in high-shine fabrics is still huge for autumn and H&M's powder beige glossy patent skirt (3 €49.95) ticks three trend boxes in one: midi-length, pink and high shine. A leather skater skirt such as the one at Alwear (4 €45) is the perfect wardrobe-updater.
Hobbs's quilted leather skirt (5 €215) plays with texture while keeping the silhouette simple. Wear with opaque tights and loafers for daywear, and bare-legged with ankle-strap stilettos for a sleek evening look. For a leather look that's a bit more daring, try Asos's metallic green, plunge-neck leather dress (6 €156.16).
WHERE CAN I FIND SHOE BOOTS WITH A STILETTO-TYPE HEEL?
I am looking for a pair of shoe boots. I'm quite tall, so want a heel but not too high – maximum 6 or 7cm. I don't want a platform sole and I don't think I can carry the cut-away at each side look. Ideally, I would like them to have a thin/stiletto-type heel. I have a budget of €150.
I love shoe boots. Strong, confident and alluring, they are the perfect antidote to this season's masculine tailoring and will sharpen up any girl-meets-boy look.
Whether you want to go casual or make a statement, there's a great range of short boot styles on the high street and online.
River Island's 'Angelika' suede boot (1 €85) has a contrasting leather accent and comes in both black and this autumn's burgundy.
H&M's grey suede effect ankle boots (2 €39.95) are a nice alternative to black with a subtle strap detail. For great value, Penneys' multi-buckle, open-toe boot (3 €22) is an eye-catching design that's ideal if you want to tap into the vogue for glam-grunge.
Irish online retailer iClothing.ie (4 €40) has taken inspiration from Christian Louboutin's black netted booties to produce a lace stiletto boot with a pocket-friendly price tag of €40.
For bold impact, River Island's leopard ponyskin boots (5 €135) or the salmon 'Bionic' suede boot at Office (6 €102) will give any outfit a kick. If there's a budget to blow, head straight for Celine's ankle boot (7 €875, Brown Thomas); it's glamour and romance wrapped up in a shoe.
I NEED SMART/CASUAL CLOTHES THAT FIT WITH MY NEW JOB
I am a 34-year-old man and I've recently taken up a part-time lecturing position. I'm looking for some help with smart/casual clothes for working and around campus.
Brendan via Twitter
Generally speaking, on a day-to-day basis, the key to great style in menswear is more about the subtle accents and small details.
H&M does good basics and its grey lambswool jumper with a shawl collar (1 €39.95) is a good piece for layering.
Penneys has a similar style in a cardigan with a contrasting navy trim (2 €20) that will really pop when worn over a red or green chambray shirt. Heatons' two-tone duffle cardigan (3 €35) will prove a handy staple as we transition between seasons.
Your winter coat will dictate your look over the coming months. Next's shearling-collar jacket (4 €92) or New Look's cropped pea coat (5 €74.99) are two stylish, affordable options.
When it comes to cool, uncomplicated menswear, All Saints has it sewn up with its casual urban aesthetic. For autumn clean-cut coats, tweeds, leathers and casual knits are all part of the line-up. My favourite is the 'Alberta' coat (6 €445).