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Pared-down dressing | Cashmere, leather and distressed denim.

A pared-down look for autumn.

Luxe fabrics, and textures, create a simple mix.
I do love a splash (and often, a clash) of colour but we all need a simple and pared-down look now and again, don't you think?
So, I thought I would share with you a muted palette and a simpler outfit.

Sometimes, I need something a little calmer and (dare I say it) more sophisticated?
Although, to be honest, all sophistication goes out of the window as soon as these distressed jeans come out to play!
They have been up-cycled (they were my son's).
I had fun distressing them with a bread knife. See them here, with some colour.

I know I could have reached for my more 'grown-up' dark wash jeans but, I didn't want to feel like I was dressing up, or trying to be someone I am not.
I always need a little bit of fun in my look, otherwise I don't feel like me.

When an outfit is so simple and stripped back to the bones, quality fabrics are a must.
We can easily get away with 'cheap and cheerful' when an outfit has lots going on, and plenty to keep the eye moving around but, when it is so plain (and exposed) this is the time to get the 'big guns' out.

I am certainly not saying that you need to spend a fortune to look good in simple clothes (far from it) but now is not the time for that cheap, bobbly jumper that has seen better days.

Cashmere, leather and distressed Levis | Fake Fabulous

I recently enjoyed reading one of my favourite blogger's posts about her shopping trip (I'm sure she needed a removal lorry to get it all home). She is a bargain hunter, like myself, and I was inspired by the fabulous Anna's Electric blue biker jacket (see it styled here) so I decided to dig out a biker bargain of my own.

This beautiful leather biker, by Superdry.

Superdry is normally a brand that has too many big and brash logos for my liking.
However, this jacket has no obvious branding AND (the best bit for me)...has freakishly long arms!
Notice the cuffs covering my wrist bones?
Yay! {beams} This is such a simple, and rare, pleasure.

I am constantly searching for gorilla sleeves, and I am sure this oddity is the reason that this jacket was in TKMaxx for the bargain price of £59.99.
Yes, £59.99 for a butter-soft leather jacket.
Perhaps it was a freakish one that nobody else wanted BUT who cares?
It is perfect for me.
Result!

I decided to go all-out neutral and tone-on-tone...resisting the temptation to add a chunky necklace, bangle or brightly coloured tights.
I just reached for this simple, cashmere jumper.
I really wish you could feel how incredibly soft it is. Such a fine knit (paper thin) but, somehow still warm. It was selling at 75% off in a clearance sale...but was still well over £100 (shhh, don't tell!) Very expensive by my standards but honestly, worth every penny.

Cashmere, leather and distressed Levis | Fake Fabulous

I wanted to wear these lazered booties (last spotted here with Culottes) and decided that the jeans needed a extra detail of some nude, lace tights underneath (also adding a valuable layer of warmth for me).

Of course, I had to include my latest Charity shop find.
This gorgeous, burgundy, leather bag.
Real leather, and just a little nod to Mulberry styling, for the same price as a coffee and a cake!
What is not to love about that?
I finished things off with some bronze, metallic nail polish (on my fingers), almond on my toes and my gold-tone feather earrings.
Simple.

Cashmere, leather bag and distressed Levis | Fake Fabulous

I thought I would leave you with this silly shot of me resigning myself to a muddy heel after I started to sink into the grass!
Scottish rain... I love the way it keeps everything lush and green, so a little comedic sinking is a small price to pay.

Cashmere, leather and distressed Levis | Fake Fabulous

Do you own any wonderfully luxurious items that were out of your normal budget range and a little bit naughty?

Please let me know in the comments, I love to read them.....and I won't tell a soul!





Jacket: Superdry (Still on sale in black)
Jumper: John Smedley (I like this wool one..in grey)
Jeans: Levis (stolen from my son when he outgrew them)
Shoes/Booties: XTI (Old...I like these)
Bag: Martha Ponti (Charity shop)
Nails: Mavala (Amber) BarryM (Almond)

24 comments

  1. Samantha...you are quite the comedian!! Funny how one's perspective can be so different...I try on a jacket where the sleeves hit my thumb and think...ugh another alteration---whereas you're ecstatic about it!! You and I are quite alike...definitely bargain hunters, but truly a lover of a quality item here & there! Just like I think it's important to mix dressy/casual, masculine/feminine....I think it's also great to mix inexpensive/expensive (even if no one else can tell the difference, you certainly know). You look splendid and as much as I love me my color....I do like a neutral palate at times!! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. That is so very true, Jodie...and it made me laugh to think of you slipping on this jacket and the arms resembling those on a straight jacket!
      I am genuinely delighted with them.
      I have made MANY pairs of wrist warmers to fill in gaps in my jackets....no need with this. :oD
      Thank you for your lovely (and funny) comments!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  2. Looks great! I also have long arms so finding this jacket had to be so exciting. . :) I so enjoy your posts!!!!!
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com

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    1. Thank you Jaymie!
      Anything with a spider-monkey sleeve is a keeper in my book. :oP
      xxx
      Samantha

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  3. I love everything about this look! Even though this is less color than you often wear, it's so you! :-) Love the bag!

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    1. Thank you so much Andrea! I was chuffed to bits with this bag....lying all dust covered and neglected. all it needed was a buff with leather cream and it came back to life.
      Charity shops are ALWAYS worth a rummage...you never know what is lurking!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  4. What a wonderful find of the leather jacket - I Love the soft color! Your distressed jeans and booties compliment your look perfectly. You have inspired me to consider doing more thrift shopping in the future. :)

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    1. Oh, you must Jennie!
      I have found some fantastic gems in amongst the dusty rubbish. Some of the shops (here, anyway) are set out like boutiques and have selected collections (for example, the 70's). They can be quite chic...I can't resist a rummage through the rails.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  5. Hey Samantha, love this biker jacket too. The understated palette works well with your skin tone - I know I would have fallen prey to the splash of colour thing (maybe an orange cashmere sweater?), but tonally this all works. I fancy that burgundy bag as well - great little bargain that was. You rock! xxxx
    ps Thanks for the mention.

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    1. It was a pleasure, Anna. You really did inspire this look and I tried VERY hard to resist a "splash".....or two...or three!
      Thank you for the inspiration.
      xxx
      Samantha

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  6. Great look! I love that bag!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Friday Favorites! Have a fab weekend!

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

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  7. You look expensive and luxe! FAB, dear!

    Thanks so much of sharing with Fun Fashion Friday & hope to see you back again next week!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  8. The jacket is fabulous! And I agree, super long sleeves are a rare and exciting luxury! The muted palette is fantastic. My moto jacket is in an ivory hue which I absolutely love because it's chic, feminine, and edgy at the same time.

    Shelbee

    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. They really are, aren't they, Shelbee?!
      I get so frustrated with skimpy sleeves.
      Your jacket sounds cute, and I bet it goes with anything and everything.
      Thank you for your lovely comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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    1. Thank you Jessica, It seems weird to be "neutral"....but I like it!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  10. I agree with you about garish logos on clothes, so your jacket was a peach of a find. Sometimes it's good to pay abit more for something that will last, especially if the fit is right as in this case. And if you've scored on your beautiful charity shop find, burgundy bag, well, it all evens out in the end anyway!
    Great last photo!

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    1. Brash logo's seem so 'desperate' to me. I was drooling over a Vivienne Westwood {red label} jacket recently (total fantasy shopping) and it was £800....BUT I would have wanted to change the brash branded buttons. My friend was laughing at me musing about button swapping!
      It's a personal thing, but I am glad that you agree.
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  11. You son's jeans looks amazing on you - did you distress them yourself? That beautiful purse is such a great find too!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Thank you Alice, yes...a bit of DIY with a bread knife. He had previously come off his bike and ripped the knee out of them so I thought I would continue the theme. I really wanted more dramatic rips but chickened out.....I might go to work on them a bit more now!
      Than you for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  12. I love these neutral colors together and the layering, cute and chic look.
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me" link up
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

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    1. Thank you Rachel,
      Sometimes it is nice to try a little 'neutral'!
      XXX
      Samantha

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