Faux Leather Dress, over 40? | Khaki, Silver and Black

Fake Fabulous | Green leather dress, silver boden loafers and black suede tassel Topshop tote | Spring Style

In the spirit of wearing what I want (until the day I drop) I found myself reaching for my leather (look) dress again.
Everything about this dress screams...
"You are wearing that! Over 40?!"
Fake Fabulous | Green leather dress, silver boden loafers and black suede tassel Topshop tote | Spring Style

Well, Yes actually, I am!
Because, you know what?
I like it!

I have previously written about being too old for a leather mini dress and how to wear leather over 40, so leather (real and faux) is no stranger to me.

I like the way it looks.
I like the way it feels.
Leather (real and faux) is so versatile and comes in so many guises.
I am sure there is an item out there for everyone.

Fake Fabulous | Green leather dress, silver boden loafers and black suede tassel Topshop tote | Spring Style

I really wanted to wear this (faux) leather dress again, to show what a useful item it is.
However, we have been enjoying a warmer spell of weather, here in Scotland.
I never complain about the heat (it is such a rare treat) but, warm weather and faux leather are not a pleasant combination.
Wearing faux leather in the heat is quite a sweaty experience.
You can feel like you are wrapped in a plastic bag!
I was (for once) glad for a drop in temperature.

{Real leather is not so much of a sweaty problem, and great in all weathers!}

Fake Fabulous | Green leather dress, silver boden loafers and black suede tassel Topshop tote | Spring Style

I paired the dress with some dark grey tights and silver tassel loafers.
Giving the dress a slightly preppy spin.
These loafers are simple in shape, but different enough (being silver) to stop them being boring.

Fake Fabulous | Green leather dress, silver boden loafers and black suede tassel Topshop tote | Spring Style

A classic fit and flare dress, worn with flat loafers, sounds like such a simple look.
But, when you mix things up using different fabrications (and unexpected colours) your outfit becomes a little more interesting.
Simple shapes, suddenly seem fresh again.

Fake Fabulous | Green leather dress, silver boden loafers and black suede tassel Topshop tote | Spring Style

I had a lot of things to do today, so this large suede (fringed) bag was perfect for lugging around all of the 'stuff' I needed.

A suede bag is a great partner for a leather dress.
Too much leather can look a bit, well...
Too much!

GET THE LOOK




Fake Fabulous | Green Ice Watch and layered leather and hematite bracelets.

I really needed something to add more interest to my look...as if leather, silver and tassels were not enough!
A patterned scarf, stacked bracelets and a chunky necklace finished things off perfectly.

Dress: Luna Allegra (similar this one, in suede, is pretty)
Bag: Topshop (this one is nice, and a little smarter)
Underlayer: M&S 
Necklace: Topshop (this one is lovely)
Scarf: A gift (this one is stunning)
Tights: Levante Airskin 150
Shoes: Boden (Teens)...mine are old. These are similar.

Fake Fabulous | Green leather dress, silver boden loafers and black suede tassel Topshop tote | Spring Style

Do you like simple shapes in unexpected fabrics?
How do you take a simple look and make it your own?
Please share in the comments... I love reading your thoughts and ideas!
Or tweet me @samantha4blair

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19 comments

  1. Ahhhhh....now this is the Samantha I know and love!! Bringing on the edginess & spunk!!
    This dress looks like it was made for you in fit---did you have it altered, or where you incredibly lucky?
    So let me do my normal gushing----I love the loafers (of course) and the scarf has such an interesting design! And then that bag!!! Fringe---yippee!!!
    Fabulous, fabulous and more fabulousness all in one outfit!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com
    ps...you must be feeling better---that makes me happy!

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    1. Hahahaha...thank you Jodie! I am glad you approve again. XXX

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  2. This leather dress is fab colour for you Samantha. I love how you've dressed it up with the silver loafers just to give it a metallic zing. And your silver necklace echoes the fringing of your bag perfectly - very clever! A lovely outfit x
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Anna, I was not intentionally matching fringing....but now that you mention it! :oD You have a great eye for detail. XXX

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  3. you have the cutest hair and cutest style ever! love how you layered your dress! very cute!

    kelseybang.com

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    1. Thank you so much Kelsey, you are very kind! XXX

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  4. This outfit is one of my favorites!The cut and color are perfection. The necklace is really unusual and I covet it almost as much as your cool fish necklace. The jewelry and shoe tassels characterize you artful attention to detail. Tassels are such flirty fun too!
    I can't imagine ANYONE who would think that you, in this faux leather dress, were anything less than simply smashing! It looks age appropriate (in case anyone really cares) because you embody the attitude and style to own your look.
    Rock on Samantha!!

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    1. Wow, thank you Judy! I am so glad you approve of this look. My eldest (step) daughter bought this necklace for me. She has great taste! XXX

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  5. Great look! The dress fits you perfectly! And I really love how you styled it. Great accessories; I especially love the scarf & necklace!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Samantha!

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. Thank you Andrea. I am so glad you like it! XXX

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  6. Who are these peopleee? They need to chill okkk, because obvs you, Samantha, is here to prove them wrong. You look amazing in this dress, I love it.

    But perhaps it's not about the age when it comes to leather dresses, or perhaps any leather clothing, or even any other non-leather clothing, really, but more about the person wearing it, and I don't even mean their physicality, but personality. If you've got IT, you can rock leather and rhinestones and rainbow things and anything in between at any age!

    XO,
    Liyana | Affordorable

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    1. Thank you for these kind words Liyana...from someone as uber-cool as you, they mean a lot! I am so glad you like this leather look. XXX

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  7. Nice to see your blog, and love your outfit..great to meet up on this linkup.
    www.mummabstylish.com

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  8. Nice to see your blog, and love your outfit..great to meet up on this linkup.
    www.mummabstylish.com

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  9. ohhhh, love your (faux)leather dress!, love those textures and that subtle color combo you've created! and obviously, love your accessorizing!. Your chunky necklace adds a lot of interest, your shawl and your fringed bag are perfect details!
    And I never thought that loafers could rock this way!
    besos

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    1. These loafers shouldn't really go with anything in this outfit...but I just couldn't see past them! I always appreciate your comments Monica. XXX

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  10. The muted colors are unexpected for you, but then the whole thing put together screams "Samantha"! I absolutely love faux leather and wear it when the occasion calls for it. I love the color and shape of this dress and I have already IG swooned over these silver loafers! There is nothing Faux about Fabulous you are!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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