Autumn Leaves

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Its been a while since I’ve been shopping & had something catch my eye & just instantly knew I needed it in my life. This Topshop dress did just that though, the pleated texture, structured shape of the full skirt & perfectly fitting bodice, I pretty much ran to the changing rooms with it!

This happens to me quite often with shoes though… I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anymore that weren’t autumn appropriate this year, but then I came across these in the sale & I couldn’t resist them. I love the chunky, nude leather covered wedge, neutral colour blocking & the minimalistic look they have. The fact they’re not entirely black & were in the sale seemed like a good enough justification to buy them in my head, despite the fact I’m actually running out of space to keep anymore pairs. They’re now slowly taking over my window ledge & my desk, but I still keep buying them & can’t bring myself to part with the older pairs either. I really should get some listed on eBay, but I’m far too sentimental about them.

The jacket is another of the pieces from my degree that I’m trying to wear more. You may have seen it previously here with it’s removable faux-fur collar attached. I enjoyed seeing this go from paper to a real life garment, mostly because I learnt a lot in the process, there are so many things I would do differently if I were to make this again. Many of them seem obvious now, like adding a thicker interfacing to the lapels to help the leather hold a better shape & not attempting to do intricate patterns of stitching on a home machine that doesn’t like sewing leather! Sometimes these little imperfections make something all the more special though, I was pretty proud considering it was only my second attempt at a properly tailored jacket. I really have the urge to make another though, knowing what I do now & as a more polished & perfect version.

Filed under: Made, Outfit


  1. Posted 29.10.2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    we love when you see something & you instantly know you HAVE to have it!! that special spark is such a great adrenaline rush and let us tell you the dress is amazing & you look fabulous in it! plus we’re loving the dark look to get us in the mood for halloween!!!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  2. Posted 29.10.2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    looking amazing as usual! those wedges look monstrous but so sexy!

  3. Posted 29.10.2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I love all the layers and textures, the details like the belt, necklace and jacket give beautiful silhouette.
    I can’t believe you did that jacket, love the front detail and length :)

  4. Posted 29.10.2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful !
    Love the textures of the dress & the jacket !
    & of course I love your belt like always :)

  5. Posted 29.10.2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    I have that dress in red :)

  6. Posted 30.10.2012 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    I love those shoes, and who says they aren’t autumn appropriate. The platforms will keep your feet safely off the damp ground ;)

      Posted 30.10.2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

      Haha! That is a really good point! I shall have to remember that! ;)

  7. Posted 30.10.2012 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Back to black I see ;) I love that Topshop dress – they have it in one of the stores here in a different colour and I was surprised by how well made it looks. I can see why you had to have it!

      Posted 30.10.2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I can never stay away from it for too long! ;) I’ve seen it in blue & pink here also, the quality surprised me too, especially as I expected it to be one of their ‘premium’ dresses & then I saw the price tag & was shocked by how low the price was!

  8. Posted 30.10.2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    oh steph the stitching on the lapel of this jacket is beautiful! and goes so incredibly well with the details on that dress! another winner ;)

  9. Posted 30.10.2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    This “shoes fact” normally happens to me too… I can’t resist! I guess you coudn’t, because they’re GREAT. I don’t know how you do that, but you look gorgeous everyday :)


  10. Posted 30.10.2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    so in love with your style! such a pretty fall outfit, and you pull off all black so well!

  11. Posted 30.10.2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    You MADE the jacket?! That’s a lot of work! Well done you! I like the stitching on the leather lapels which made it so unique. LOL! Love the badass pose which on you, still look rather sweet.

  12. Posted 30.10.2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    That jacket is gorgeous, can’t believe you made it, so, so amazing!


  13. Posted 31.10.2012 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    You’re so talented, that jacket is beautiful. It must be such an amazing feeling to see something you’ve imagined come to life. And those shoes are fantastic! I have the same problem with lack of space but you can never have too many shoes. xxx

  14. Posted 31.10.2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    GORGEOUS outfit!
    I really love how you accessorized it with the statement belt.
    I’ll definitely be visiting again :)

  15. Posted 31.10.2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I love cork shoes so so much! Could you please consider following each other? Twitter:@shineonbyandrea

  16. Posted 31.10.2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I love seeing the pieces that you make! You are so talented love :)
    And the mix of textures in this look keeps it fresh.


  17. Posted 31.10.2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I am so in love with this entire outfit (and your blog)


  18. Posted 31.10.2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    You look fantastic, I love this outfit on you!

    Maria xxx

  19. Posted 31.10.2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    This made me giggle, reading about stitching on home machines. Can’t say i miss that, but it looks so perfect its so hard to believe it was done at home :P you did a fab job.


  20. Posted 31.10.2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    beautiful. as always! loved your halloween costume on Insta.

    Love //Vienna Wedekind//
    Win DIESEL Shades

  21. Posted 02.11.2012 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    OMG i am soo in love with the jacket! The textures are amazing.. swoon. And I totally feel you on the buying thing especially shoes too – they are my weakness. Shoes and jackets – its all we need.


  22. Posted 02.11.2012 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    wow Amazing style!! <3

  23. Posted 02.11.2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    i love the details of the jacket. girl, you are so so talented!

  24. M
    Posted 03.11.2012 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    Looking fab! Lusting after those sandals :)

  25. Posted 03.11.2012 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Steph, I thought that both the dress and the jacket were from Topshop because they look like if they were from the same collection! You were right about getting the dress because it suits you so well and the shoes because the nude platform is and will be a great detail on you all-black looks. So no shopping regrets at all!

  26. Posted 03.11.2012 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    The dress is stunning! Unfortunately for my budget there are many things that catch my eye :P
    The wedges were an excellent purchase, they’re beautiful!

  27. Posted 04.11.2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    I love your style. I wish I could pull of the dark look without looking like I’m try. You make it look so easy! I love your crop jacket. You are so damn talented too…the collar detail is great. O man I have so many sandals but not actual “fall” shoes but thats what happens when spring/summer shoes go on-sale! lol

    PS I just realized I’m not following you on twitter! Just started following :)

  28. Posted 06.11.2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    You looks so good here Stephanie. Yes black is def your thing and you own it! I know how hard it can be to reinvent the “black” look every week , every day. And like you I never by fall or winter appropriate anything. My heart always beats faster for Summer things and then I am having trouble keeping it warm or dress according to the season I am current in ;)

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