fashion | leather it.

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 Love any of these? Shop below.

Jeans, Lee Cooper @Biw W

Patterned Long sleeve top @Catalog Clothing

Jacket @Neo Rococo

Ring by Samantha Wills @Mocha (mine was ordered in the black)

Earrings @Mocha (similar here)

Suede boots, Gamins @Ironic, Brand Smart

Leather Handbag @Farage

Today’s outfit is lots of leather. I have never owned a leather jacket and always saw it as something un-me. But I succumbed! Like most things, you won’t know how it is like for you until you have a feel or try. Last week on one of my days off, coffee in hand, was strolling down my local shops. With a handful of boutiques to browse through, that was exactly what I did. You know how sometimes an item just jumps out at you? and you just feel this instant need to try it on? YES! That’s pretty much what happened to me. It was love at first sight. And yes, with a jacket…this jacket.

So off I went, picked it up from the rack (and bonus was it was being marked down, as I stretched my arm towards it!). Tried it on. And like a well fitted glove, it made me look and feel good. Then, I went through a brief 10 seconds, where there was a battle in my head. YES..or NO…YES…or No. And very quickly, my heart overtook, and my adrenaline levels calmed down. I walked happily to the counter to purchase my first leather jacket!

Since then, I’ve worn it to work, over a pretty structured dress (will blog it soon), and now also wearing it with jeans and boots. Love this piece. No regrets on this one. I was at the right place at the right time!

What made me buy this particular jacket? These are some of the reasons, which you could also use as a tip if you’re in the market for one, and not quite sure if it’s you.

# Right fitting. Because they are generally little stiff compared to fabric, getting the right slim cut would be great. They soften and stretch with wear anyways, which will give you a little more space.

# Right colour. I felt because it was my first piece, I would like to maximise my wear out of it. So went with black. Plus I had black boots to match.

# Right amount of embellishment. If you aren’t a leather jacket person, less is more. I think too many zips and embellishment can drown you, and may change the look of your outfit drastically. With this jacket, the shoulders are little puffed up, but I didn’t mind it as it gave me a better definition of my shoulders (Which are otherwise very narrow). The little zips add to the edginess but not in an overwhelming way.

# Right length. This for me is really important. It can either work for or against you. For me, just on the waist works well, as it draws the eye towards my waist. I have a slightly shorter torso, so it works well with a longer top under. Mid thigh lengths generally don’t work for me, as it cuts of my leg length, takes the eye there, which is an area I prefer not to draw attention to.

Here, I’ve worn it with jeans, boots, a statement piece of ring, and to complete it, a well structured leather bag. It all adds to the look, casual, edgy, smart.

Hope these tips will come in handy for your next trip out, if you’re looking for a leather jacket 🙂

Do you do leather jackets? If not…I would love to know what is holding you back? I truly and honestly would say don’t completely dismiss the idea. It is just a matter of finding the right cut, colour and fit!

xo monica

 

stripes and animal print. together…

 

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Winter is only few days away, the chill is in, but the sun was out..

Blazers are big in trend now, with bright bold colours and not to forget the prints. Prints have been around, and it’s here to stay. But a black is still a black, a must have in the wardrobe and as much as I love colours, black and blue always goes! Yea?

This beautiful bag from Nine West Shoes, is a statement piece, a recent investment. This spacious bag is suitable for pretty much everything a girl needs to carry around, including a laptop (11 inch). All in and you’re set to go.

Zara blazer, perfect over jeans, for that added style. It is no longer reserved for work wear which is great! The zips on the sleeve and the combination of faux leather on the sleeves gives it an edgy look when coupled with boots and jeans. Another versatile piece for your wardrobe.

Print clash is also big this season, so don’t be afraid to mix it up. Wear it together, with confidence 🙂

Shop my style here:

Blazer // Stripe Tee // Skinny Jeans // Handbag // Necklace // Boots

Which is your favourite piece here. Would you wear two different prints together? 

xox monica

boyfriend jeans. my hunt for one: my tips..

I must admit I have been very skeptical about this whole boyfriend cut jeans trend at the moment. Seems to be hitting lots of stores big time! But, I am a shortie. Hence the length of it, which sits just at or above the ankle are no go’s for me. It make me look even shorter, and cuts me off at the legs giving a somewhat ‘false’ representation of leg length (which is all honestly aren’t long at all!).

But this cannot be the reason I not wear them. So off I went on a hunt. Multiple stores, big brands to not so big ones, over many shopping trip days. And finally, found one that I was very happy departing my $89.95 with! (it’s from Mango, and can be shopped here). So my tips for finding the boyfriend cut jeans are.

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wearing boyfriend cut jean @Mango, earrings @lovisa, snap-on cuff @Portmans, sandals heels @JoMercer

1) Try on as many pairs, brands and cuts. Even though they are called boyfriend cut, and one would think it is safe to assume that the cuts would be similar, trust me they aren’t. They can differ in length, folds, details, pockets, colour, wash etc.

2) If you are vertically challenged like me (i.e: slightly on the shorter side with your lower half of your body), still do not assume you are going to look stumpy in this. So go ahead, give it a go! It’s all in the look as a whole.

3) To compensate for the ‘cut off’ effect of many of these jeans, I put on heels. You can even go with wedges, as they elongate your legs. Wearing nude or tan shoes does help give this elongating effect as well.

4) If you feel you are slightly chunky on the thighs, stick with darker colours as it has a slimming effect. also stay away from too much detail on the thigh area, or if there are details (for example thread pulls etc done deliberately on these cuts), try and stick with ones that are similar in colour to the jeans itself, so it does not bring the eyes to that area). Minimal extra’s are still good.

5) If you are heavier on the bottom half (pear shaped or a triangle), also be mindful of the detailing of pockets on the back and front. This can add bulk to the bottom half, which should be avoided.

5) Also remember, they are meant to be relaxed fits, but ensuring you have the right fit, can and will still give it a beautiful feminine look (I always buy jeans snug as they tend to ‘give’ after a few washes).

Hope that helps 🙂

The other thing I found interesting with boyfriend jeans is that you can actually quite easily dress it up and dress it down. Add on some edgy accessories, and it can give you that rugged, casual, edgy look. Pair it with a fitted blouse, and peep toe heels with some simple accessories and it can look all feminine.

Pretty stoked with my recent investment, and have already had a few wears (and compliments!) from the purchase.

Have you got a pair of boyfriend cut jeans? Did you find it easy to buy one? or were you challenged..share your tips if you bought one.

Thanks for stopping by @lifeastyled.