Oh oh! I did elbow patches in the 70's!! Not against an a line skirt but leather hmmm. Did buy a Grazia mag today but maybe need to look at more. Decided I had enough summer clothes plus its freezing so thought i would think out my next clothes. Thanks.
I think the best rule is to buy what you like out of what's out there. What's 'on-trend' (ugh) rarely suits me, but this rule serves me well. It's not school anymore, nobody will mock you for having the 'wrong' shoes.