Two major trends I’m loving for A/W are animal print and shades of deep yellow. In fact I wore both of my latest obsessions in last week’s Style Not Age and Style With a Smile posts. It’s true that I’ve always been a fan of animal print, particularly leopard…it’s never not in style is it? Wearing it head to toe might not be to everyone’s taste but I have no such reservations!
I do have another leopard print shirt dress, but it’s shorter than this one. Plus, it’s more of a grey than a true leopard print. When I saw this one on the Zara website I suspected it might sell out quickly so I snapped it up right away. I collected my order in store and one of the assistants was wearing it with white trainers, which I thought looked fab. I will have to try that for a casual look. On this occasion I opted for a pair of high cut faux suede court shoes in the shade of the moment: ochre. At £25 they are a total bargain, and really comfortable too. The high cut design is bunion-friendly, and as they are from the Insolia range at Marks & Spencer, they provide fantastic support.
This time of year is all about the transition from warmer Summer temperatures to cooler Autumn weather, and finding outfits that fit the bill. Shirt dresses are ideal because you can layer with them. Wearing them unbuttoned with a vest underneath (as I did here) is one option. Or you can add a gilet on top (or both if it’s really cold). A black biker jacket would look fab with this dress too, especially teamed with white trainers for a casual look. Tights and ankle boots will take this dress right through the Winter months. The buttons end above the knee so you might find it more suitable to wear with tights.
Keeping with the animal theme I’m wearing my Kenneth Jay Lane lion ring. It’s quite old now but I’ve found a similar one for only £12 from Urban Outfitters. Would you believe, this bag was a gift from my mum when she went to Venice in the 1990s…and I’d never used it before? At the time I didn’t have the occasion to use it (being an impoverished student) and so it just sat in the cupboard. It’s such an ususual design with the red lining. After all these years it was just what I wanted to go with this dress, being predominantly neutral with a flash of bright colour. After hoarding it for so long I think I can now call it vintage, right?
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