Last week a colleague of mine dubbed me the ‘Leopard Print Lady’ after I arrived at the Pilates studio wearing my Seasonal Skinny Jeans with Leopard Print & Plaid Accents outfit. It seemed appropriate I do another outfit featuring leopard print.
Today, it’s making me warble ‘How do you solve a problem like Maria?’, from the Sound of Music. Except it’s not Maria… it’s really
‘How do you solve a problem like an Awkward Dress?’
but that doesn’t quite have the same catchy ring to it, does it? You see I’m actually wearing a dress, and an awkward one at that. Why awkward? Is it having a strop? Not quite.
What I didn’t realise when I bought the dress on e-bay quite awhile ago, for something silly like £7.36p, was that because of my bust size and being short waisted, the mid section of the dress sits totally in the wrong place on my body! It creates a line right across the curve of my bust, looking as if the dress has shrunk in the wash!
If I had boobs the size of pebbles and a waist the length of a giraffe’s neck, it’d be fine BUT you gotta work with what your genetic hand has dealt you!
I don’t give up on an item that easily, especially a dress that has such gorgeous, you-want-to-stick-your-hands-in-pockets, on the front. Before deciding whether to resell it or not, I thought I’d give it a whirl styling it to give the illusion I’m wearing a skirt.
Leopard print and denim are a classic combination. Leopard prints come in all shades and this one is quite muted, so the softness of the denim shirt is a great match. I played around with different accent colours with the jewellery and bag. Red looked a little too harsh somehow with the brown boots and the darker print of the dress. If the boots were black, red would’ve been the pick but I kept returning to the coral.
I chose not to wear a belt, as I preferred the uninterrupted line of the shirt hanging down and the simplicity of having just 2 coral colour accents; necklace and bag with a trio of glass bracelets in amber, brown and green.
This necklace is on a roll with it’s second outing in one week as I wore it in this week’s Seasonal Skinny ‘Yin & Yang’ post. I can see it’s going to be a firm favourite! It was an impromptu purchase from the range Tu at Sainsbury, at a bargain busting sale price of £5! You can find some great finds in the clothing lines at supermarkets these days.
Domestic Goddess tip – when doing your weekly shop at the supermarket, why not pop some bling in your trolley, along with your beans, bread and bananas!
I love how the colour picks up the stitching of the denim shirt.
I must have had these leather boots for at least 20 years – so long I can’t remember where I bought them from but I still love that little buckle detail at the side and the curved stitching.
And the nude coloured fishnets look so good with them. Just a hint of a pattern is all that’s needed.
Leopard Print Dress (e-bay)
New Look Denim Shirt (old) This season’s Denim Shirt
New Look Coral Bag. Similar colour but in a Crossbody Shoulder bag
Necklace Tu at Sainsbury
Amber Ring gift from Tall Brown Fox, bought at a jewellery stall in a French market
Brown Knee High Leather Boots from The Emporium of I Forget! These Brown Leather Boots are currently on sale
The style of the outfit now is one you could happily wear to work on a dress down Friday day, meet friends for Sunday brunch in or reach for on those occasions when you don’t want to wear trousers but you still want a casual vibe.
This dress is no longer an Awkward Maria! Problem solved and it’s a keeper. I’m off into town. Bye-eee
Do you have any Awkward Items you’ve restyle.