#tbt Everybody in Leather

I am so sick of the pleated faux leather skirt. This ubiquitous style has shown up via every retailer imaginable. It is not the pleats. I love pleats. Pleated skirts give those with thick thighs copious room. Speaking for myself. It is the faux leather and the combination of the faux leather in pleated form. Every version of this skirt I have ever encountered looks cheap.

During the summer of 1999, the Gap released a series of television spots. The ad campaign consisted of three commercials: Everybody in Leather, Everybody in Vests, and Everybody in Corduroy. Can I tell you how much this marketing collateral dictated how kids in my suburbaban high school planned their back to school wardrobes? Commercials, the OG influencer.

Though I love genuine leather, I tend to feel guilty about buying it in clothing form. Nevermind that I wear it so often that the price per wear is actually palettable on the wallet. I was recently inspired by falling down a Gap commercial rabbit hole, courtesy of YouTube. While parents did not have it in my and my middle school-aged sister’s BTS shopping budget for a pair of leather pants each – and what Mississippi gulf coast high school sophomore and sixth grader was wearing leather pants – I do have the funds now.

Unfortunately the pants were never available in tall. Furthermore, I watched that one episode of Friends with Ross and the leather pants one too many times. There will be no jumping into a pair for me. These days, my style is more of a knee length leather skirt. Match it with a cashmere sweater; its perfection.

Luckily for me and everyone else who experienced FOMO, or maybe just the MO, from the Everyone in Leather commercial, eBay is chock full of Gap (and Banana Republic) leather skirts. I put my bids on a few. Expect to see it with my cashmere soon.


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