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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Is it Time for Your Style to Grow Up? Denim & Leopard

Fake Fabulous | Is it time for your style to grow up? | Denim A-line skirt, leopard platform shoes and an eye brooch.

Have you ever bought something just because you thought you should have it in your wardrobe?
Because everyone else has one?
Because you feel you ought to own one, now that you have reached a certain age?

'That' age.

The age when the time has come to ditch the frivolities of youth, and settle down to some grown-up classics.


Well, a couple of years ago, I did just that.

I bought (amongst other things) a knee length denim A-line skirt.
Because I was 40.
And being 40 meant it was time to grow up, and wear sensible clothes.
Right?

Student chic, playsuits, miniskirts, leather dresses, dungarees...they need to be shelved once you reach 35, don't they?

Tailored trousers, crisp blouses, blazers, shift dresses and sensible shoes should take their place.
Yes?

I may come as no real surprise to you that my answers to these questions (now) is a firm...
NO!!

{Read more about one of my major style wobbles, here.}

I honestly think that the only time you should shelve the things you love is when you are no longer drawing breath.
Anytime before that moment is a waste of life.

What a difference a couple of years makes!

Fake Fabulous | Is it time for your style to grow up? | Denim A-line skirt, leopard platform shoes and an eye brooch.

Once my wobble had passed (and I had given myself a good shake) I had to reshuffle what remained of my clothes, and mourn the loss of some old favourites.

This "nice" A-line, knee length, denim skirt hung sadly in my wardrobe.
Unworn.
Unloved.
Frumpy.
Boring.
Impossible to make my own.
Nothing like 'me'.

Then I moved it to the 'mistakes' box on top of my wardrobe (the ones that are too pricey just to dump).
The items that might be an outfit, one day, maybe?
Things I might pass onto my girls.
Spending money on nice things is fun, but wasting money is very annoying.

So there this skirt sat, in the reject box, forgotten.

Until...
I was having my usual random trawl on Ebay, and found a pair of funky, clunky, hairy, platform, leopard print (and slightly ridiculous) shoes.
I could not resist their tongue-in-cheek charm.
They had to be mine!

When they arrived home, I realised that most of my clothes didn't work with these hairy leopard beauties.

Fake Fabulous | Is it time for your style to grow up? | Denim A-line skirt, leopard platform shoes and an eye brooch.

Mini skirts were a no-no (too cheap looking).
Skinny jeans looked a bit formulaic, and boring.

Maxi's just looked odd.
A midi would work, but I was not feeling in the midi-mood.
Anything leather was just too much.

I needed something else...
Something plain.
Something classic.

A knee length, denim, A-line skirt maybe?
Luckily, I had just the thing!

Fake Fabulous | Is it time for your style to grow up? | Denim A-line skirt, leopard platform shoes and an eye brooch.

A boring skirt needs a bit of oomph, to spice it up.
An OTT pair of shoes needs something somber, to tone them down a little.

The perfect match.

Adding a blush coloured, skinny rib jumper made for a simple (but fun) outfit.
This cool eye brooch finished things off nicely!

Fake Fabulous | Is it time for your style to grow up? | Denim A-line skirt, leopard platform shoes and an eye brooch.


Let me know your thoughts on style (and "growing up") by leaving a comment...
Or Contact me!
I love hearing your opinion on things like this.


SKIRT: Boden (old)...very similar.
JUMPER: Primark (current season)..this one is pretty
SHOES: Office  (these aren't platforms, but are gorgeous...and on sale!)
BAG: Cambridge satchel company (a gift) ...this one is nice
BROOCH: H&M (this one is chic)
GLASSES: TkMaxx


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19 comments

  1. First of all, yes, I have bought things because I thought I "should" own them, but they just didn't work for me...

    Second, you styled this "boring" skirt perfectly! The outfit is not boring at all, and you look fabulous! It's interesting what a difference the shoes make! I know it would look completely different with different shoes...

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. I am glad I am not alone Andrea! These things never work do they? Because they are not really "us".
      Shoes are so important, aren't they? If it wasn't for this pair of shoes my skirt would still be in the box! :oD
      XXX

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  2. I love that eye brooch!

    For me it was never an age thing that dictated how I should dress, rather a body confidence level. I find when I'm running more and eating less I like to wear short skirts. Right now I'm wearing loads of midi skirts, so I don't need to tell you what that means.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I am feeling a bit like that too Suzanne! I have not been running for over a year and seem to spend most of my time horizontal (on my laptop)...it is not good. Motivation is hard to come by. :o(.
      I think we can have wobbles brought on by different factors... feeling "old" or feeling "bleugh", it knocks the confidence and confidence is everything!
      I hope you find your mini-mojo again soon. XXX

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  3. Who doesn't buy a "mistake" or two in their lifespan? But I think sometimes being creative can fix most mistakes!! It just takes some time and brain power!!
    And this skirt is really perfect---it's not too short, not too long---it's denim!! It's all about finding the right things that go with it, eh?
    Lovely as usual Samantha!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Jodie. I really should focus on what is good about this skirt, you are right!
      I find it hard to get a true 'knee-length' as my thigh bone is quite long compared to my height (and the rest of my leg)...this skirt made it though!
      And, it is denim! :oP XXX

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  4. I'm crazy for those shoes! I like how you've paired them with this skirt. Yes, I have had self-doubt as well, exaggerated by comments from others. Now that kind of thing just triggers my "oh yeah?" response sometimes and I go overboard. So juvenile. Hahaha, but nothing wrong turning bitter into sweet it it doesn't hurt anyone.
    Great outfit. Calm with quirk.

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    1. I know what you mean Melanie.
      Comments can cause a little wobble...sometimes.
      As you say, it is better to turn bitter into sweet and a colourful outfit (plus lighthouse hair) is MUCH more fun for everyone!
      I am so glad you like my shoes...I could not resist their silliness :oD XXX

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  5. I had that in my mid twenty s! When I thought I had to grow up! Awfull, I looked like a boring person! What was I thinking. So, I learned my lesson back then. I actually love the skirt, but Yeah, it has to be worn with some funny or sturdy items. Those shoes are fabulous!

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    1. Your 20's Nancy?!?! Yikes...that is a shame.
      Your 20's are the time to dress as wild as you want to, and your 30's...Oh, and your 40's!!
      In fact from now on until the end of your getting-dressed days. :oP
      I am glad you like my fun shoes. I think I might be wearing these quite a lot!
      XXX

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  6. I had that in my mid twenty s! When I thought I had to grow up! Awfull, I looked like a boring person! What was I thinking. So, I learned my lesson back then. I actually love the skirt, but Yeah, it has to be worn with some funny or sturdy items. Those shoes are fabulous!

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  7. I understand very well that shake after buying things that you thought you need in your wardrobe (because everybody has one!). It's a very healthy shake, and it makes you feel really better!.
    It made me laugh that you also have that mistakes box!. Glad you stored this denim skirt, because it rocks! and it looks lovely with those fabulous shoes!!
    Oh yes, those shoes!!!, I think they're going to go out to play and have fun very frequently!!, with black palazzo pants!, with mixed prints!!. Ohhh, those shoes!!
    besos

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    1. Yes! You are right Monica. These shoes need more outings....mixed prints, eh? Hmmmm....I love it!!! Thank you for the inspiration. XXX

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  8. I think you did an awesome job with this look ! Those statement shoes are wonderful under that skirt =) Love the result and I agree with you...let's wear what we like, without thinking about age ! I love to dress fun and you do too, this I know well, and it's one of the things I prefer about your awesome style =) Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion and beauty blog

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    1. Thank you Vale! Life is (as the cliché rightly says) too short. So many shoes, so little time ;oP XXX

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  9. I am glad you kept the skirt and was able to find a use for it. It goes perfectly with these amazing leopard heels. I have been wanting a "designer" purse and feeling like I need one because you just need one once you hit a certain milestone.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

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    1. I thought about that too Alice.... a 'real' handbag. I still think about it sometimes, but feel like I can't commit to any style. A real classic (like a chanel) is way, WAY out of my price range. :o(

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  10. I usually dont buy things because I think i should, but must admit, the blogging world does that to you, so there have been several items I realize that I wouldnt wear on a reg basis. or IRL. Love the rose color top and those fun funky shoes! I wore platformed heels alot when I could wear higher heels.
    Enjoy the weekend
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Could you wear a flatform-style of platform, Jess? It could give you the best of both worlds? XXX

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