Styling Denim Skirt & Leopard Print DMs | Pastel Plaid Cape, Beanie Hat & Hunter Green

Now I do like a spot of leopard print.  In the 7 months or so I’ve been blogging, I’ve worn quite a bit of the good old print.

I’ve already styled this combo before but with a leopard print dress & denim shirt, several leopard print accessories and only last week a plum coloured leopard print scarf.   I’ve even worn TWO styles of leopard print boots chelsea style and cuban heels.

I may be waaaaay over forty now, in fact this year I’ll be knocking loudly on the door marked 50 (gulp!) but that’s not going to stop me from wearing any kind of footwear I like, so allow me to introduce you to my leopard print style Doc Martens.

Leopard and denim like to hang out together.  They really are such an easy combination to pair but this time instead of a denim shirt (been there done that!) or jeans (too obvious), I thought I’d go for a denim skirt.  These have been big this winter especially A-line ones with button through.  I did try on one of those but it didn’t look as good as my old faithful.  And I like that this one is a darker denim too than most of the ones on sale.

And wearing the skirt gave me a chance to show off some hunter green tights!  Being the conscientous style blogger I am, I had given careful thought to which tights would make the cut for our Christmas break, which was a decidedly strange experience, not ever having had to give much thought to tights for a trip before.  Suffice to say, these ones made the cut, as I’d already decided I was going to pack my green crossbody handbag.

It was the penultimate day of our stay in France and the weather cried out for us to go for a pleasant stroll around one of the local villages to stretch our legs, before settling on a café terrace, soaking up the sunshine whilst drinking something warm and wonderful like vin chaud (mulled wine) or chocolate chaud.

As the walk was only going to be a gentle ambulation – no running shorts and trainers required – which was a relief as I hadn’t given any thought to the packing of either of those two items into my suitcase. Clearly, I’d used up all thought on tights.

But I had had the foresight to pack my leopard print DMs and they were the ideal choice for said gentle ambulation.

Sturdy yet comfortable, practical yet playful.  Which is kinda what you want in Doc Martens, I feel!

Although it was bright sunshine – cue oversized sunnies – I did need to wear my light down jacket.  In a deep plum colour, it looked perfectly fine with the denim and green but I wanted to lift the outfit up the style scale.

The DMs needed a style partner!
Cue the plaid cape.

Capes/ponchos have also been a big trend this season and are such a simple yet stylish way to jazz up a more functional coat. My plaid cape is definitely earning it’s keep since I bought it back in the Autumn.  A wise last minute addition to the suitcase! Turns out, I’m ahead of the trends as my pastel cape contains Pantone’s Colours of the Year; rose quartz and serenity!  Er, that’s pink and blue, in plain English.

And just to show I do wear headwear other than berets – although admittedly, it’s a rare sighting, rather like a bamboo lemur – here I am sporting a wee crochet trim, beanie hat.  You can just make out the sparkly bits in the trim.

Then something very strange began to happen to my feet.  I had to take off my oversized sunnies to take a closer look at exactly was happening …

Don’t blame it on the sunshine

Don’t blame it on the moonlight

Don’t blame it on the good times

Blame it on boogie!

I tried to restore some order and rein in the Doc Martins but when another set of steps appeared, the mood suddenly changed from frivolity to anguished longing.

Not for nothing did I spend hard earned money at the Greta Garbo School of Acting.

How to pose on stone staircases was one of the modules on the course.    

Back at base, after a good stomp through the cobbled streets of the village, the leopard print Doc Martens felt very pleased with themselves and took their place on yet another set of steps – what the heck is it with these boots that they gravitate to steps????? – to pose for one last shot in the rays of the afternoon sun.

And quite frankly, I don’t blame them!

Plaid Cape from TKMaxx.  Here’s the cape styled with Pastels & Khaki Jeans.  This cape is a lighter style in Navy & Peach from Dorothy Perkins
John Rocha Denim Skirt (old)  Here’s a Topshop High Waisted Denim Skirt
And a Petite Button Front one from the same brand.
Marks & Spencer Green Tights.  5 colours available in small, medium, large & extra large
Accessorize Brown beanie hat (old).  Here’s a Textured Beanie Hat in the sale.
Green Bag from TKMaxx
Leopard Print Doc Martens (old) from e-bay.  How about a pair in Charcoal Grey Leopard Print?

The moral of the story is, if you feel like wearing Doc Martens or any other more unusual footwear, go for it, whatever age you are! Clothing and footwear don’t come with age tags.

If you feel like larking about on several stone staircases, do it with aplomb!  Life is too short to worry about what people will be thinking of you.

Here endeth the lesson.

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  1. January 11, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Your leopard print Doc Martens look great! And I agree with you, no matter what age you are you should wear what makes you happy! Easier to have a pleasant day when you're not feeling uncomfortable with what you're wearing 🙂

    Your pretty cape has to by my favourite piece in your outfit though, as nice as the boots are!

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    • January 11, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      Exactly, it should be about putting clothes on that are so comfortable we can forget about them and do what we want! The cape is pretty good, isn't it?

    • January 11, 2016 / 10:44 pm

      Thanks Patti. We're definitely 'boots' ladies today! You with your lovely bronze ones and me with my DMs.

  2. January 11, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    I love that you're kicking up some high drama in those fabulous Docs. Great outfit for perfect ambulations. I should think any stroll through any alley or field in France would be a treat, cause, France, right? Your tights definitely worked for their place in your precious cargo. Great photos!

    • January 11, 2016 / 10:46 pm

      The feet do strange things when encased in Docs! Absolutely – it's France! Although I'm not sure what the French thought about it all! They probably thought les rosbifs being mad again!

  3. January 11, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    Love your boots!! Great look, I love your cape too..

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

    • January 11, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks Claire. The cape has definitely been a great addition to the wardrobe.

  4. January 11, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Crap! I missed that module.

    I bet you were the best dressed gal around on that stroll!


    • January 11, 2016 / 10:50 pm

      See, I told you you shouldn't have bunked off that day to go thrifting! Look at what you missed out!
      Yeah, they gave me an award at the end!

  5. January 11, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Boots, cape, denim and that fab cape, oh and let's not forget those tights – all top marks and definitely worth a little bit of dancing too x

  6. January 12, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    Hahahahaha!!! First, you hit me with leopard and denim being besties then you had me (implicitly) with those dancing in the street moves et al. I concur. Resistance is futile and truly, life is infinitely far too brief to (a) be dictated by societal perceptions of what outfits are appropriate/inappropriate based on age (b) bend to What Not To Wear's commandments, and (c) deny oneself the odd moment of being carefree 🙂 xoxo

    • January 14, 2016 / 11:56 am

      Exactly Sheela! We have to let our hair down every once in awhile and not allow ourselves to be bound rigidly by often silly or outdated rules or expectations. I'm glad you liked the post. I certainly had a ball putting it all together so glad that came across!

  7. January 13, 2016 / 2:10 am

    that cape is beautiful! Love this outfit with your boots!

  8. January 15, 2016 / 12:16 am

    You look fantastic! I love the boots, but the soft plaid wrap and green tights did steal my heart – lovely lovely lovely!

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