Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Cheap Monday taupe draped dress from Surfdome, Braza bandeau bra, Topshop black gladiator buckled wedges, Lion claw pendant, Balenciaga city bag. Casual dark style, street style.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Cheap Monday taupe draped dress from Surfdome, Braza bandeau bra, Topshop black gladiator buckled wedgesFashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop black suede gladiator buckled wedges heels shoesFashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Cheap Monday taupe draped dress from Surfdome, Braza bandeau bra, Topshop black gladiator buckled wedges, Lion claw pendant, Balenciaga city bag. Casual dark style, street style.

The past few days have been hot, sticky & gross, so I’ve been turning to looser, less fussy things & dresses in particular in an effort to keep from melting. I think I may be subconsciously turning to lighter colours too, this Cheap Monday dress has barely left my back since it arrived, just in time for the heatwave. It’s loose, low cut armholes and the beautiful draping to the back make it one of those great elevated basics, plus how beautiful is the taupe colour? I think I need more of this shade in my wardrobe immediately.

This is actually the first outing of these shoes on the blog since I dyed them way back last year from a chocolaty brown to this distressed black. When I first dyed them they came out a perfect, jet black & they seemed a little too pristine for this style of shoe, so out came my trusty wire brush. I gave them a good buff with that wearing away the top layers of black, revealing a hint of the brown underneath & giving them this much more aged black colour, whilst transforming the fluffy suede into more of a flat nubuck texture too. I’ve worn them so much more since dying them, to be honest I’m not sure who I was kidding thinking I would get much wear from chocolate brown shoes!

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  1. Posted 05.08.2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow Steph this is a beautiful outfit and the dress is stunning! this colour really suits you.Also YOUR HAIR…xx

    • Posted 05.08.2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Kylie! I was surprised by how much I’ve been wearing this considering it’s not black, I definitely need more things in the colour, it’s really flattering on my pasty skin I think. I know, it’s getting soo long now, I think it’s about ready for a trim!

  2. Posted 05.08.2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Wowser, this is seriously gorgeous, that cheap monday dress is incredible! xx

  3. Mannie
    Posted 05.08.2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Did you get the dress in ‘purle ash’ color or some other? because on the site it looks brighter and not so grey.


    • Posted 05.08.2013 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

      I know I already answered on Facebook, but incase anyone else was wondering – this one is the ‘dark grey’ colour :)

  4. Posted 05.08.2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink
  5. Posted 05.08.2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I love this dress. It’s so simple and perfect for a hot sticky day. I’m really into the easy and go looks lately.


  6. Posted 05.08.2013 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Very nice dress and I love your shoes
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  7. Posted 05.08.2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    look at you wearing a bit of colour! love it! that dress has a very nice fall.

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  8. Posted 05.08.2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Love your dress!!You have an awesome style!!

  9. J
    Posted 05.08.2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Summer perfection! Love the draping!

  10. Posted 05.08.2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Great dress and loving those wedges!

  11. Posted 05.08.2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Fan of your hair, girl.

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  12. Posted 05.08.2013 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    The cheap Monday dress is amazing on you – I love some of the cuts of their dresses and tees, they’re casual but with interesting enough detail to make them a little more unique. Love the shoes too – would never have guessed you’d dyed them, they look great!

  13. Posted 05.08.2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    I have a top in this style and I’m always looking to wear it when it gets hot. Love your dress (colour included).

  14. Jenny
    Posted 05.08.2013 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    Amazing outfit I just love the shoes and the work you have done to them! I would love to try this technique out but very afraid I would ruin the shoes haha but they look amazing and I loved the technique you where going for. The grey dress really suits you especially with your hair colour :-)


    • Posted 06.08.2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Jenny! Honestly, give it a go, you really can’t mess them up – if you check the DIY section I did a post with some tips on dying shoes, it’s really easy! :)

  15. Posted 06.08.2013 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    That dress is gorgeous on you and the colour – gahhh the colour! This is shade a stunning hue on you so I definitely agree that you need to add more of it to your wardrobe immediately!


  16. Posted 06.08.2013 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    Love this dress!!

  17. Posted 06.08.2013 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    ok. PERFECT. errything bout this.

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  18. Posted 06.08.2013 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    Love the look. It is definitely perfect for summer. That necklace is adorable and love those wedges. Usually, it is extremely hot here in the summer, but we have only had a couple of hot days this year.

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  19. Posted 06.08.2013 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    Love. It.
    A post I can really relate to! Hot weather dressing (I’m in Texas)…grey (new Rick dress found its way to my wardrobe)…dyed shoes (my black Ann Ds sandal boots were once off-white).
    Nice to see the unexpected bit of gold, your necklace.
    Grey/taupe is stunning on you.

    • Posted 06.08.2013 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      Thankyou! :) I saw your new Rick dress on Instagram earlier, it is beautiful! Love the gathers at the front!
      Nice to know I’m not the only one that thinks it’s ok to dye expensive shoes too, so many of my pairs were once another colour & everytime I get the dye out near a pair my boyfriend squeals at me ‘you paid how much for them?! and your going to dye them?!’ Well, if they don’t make them in black… hah.

  20. Posted 06.08.2013 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    that dress looks really nice on you.

    just read your previous post about dying shoes. now i am going to dye all my shoes black. i have no idea what i was thinking, i have rainbow colour heels that i’ve never worn. your post just comes in handy! thanks steph! =)

    • Posted 06.08.2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

      Haha! No problem! I was the same when I realized how easy it was to do, so many pairs from when I was younger that were nice shapes but awful colours, now all black! ;)

  21. Posted 06.08.2013 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    oh i was thinking “rick owens” from the little bloglovin’ email preview! beautiful drape, and i LOVE the colour, RO has kind of a similar shade (dust) :) i’m actually just about to dye a pair of my shoes too – just got my dye on the weekend, so thanks for the tip about distressing it a bit!

    • Posted 06.08.2013 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, the colour was definitely what sold me, I’ve never seen anything else in such a perfect taupe shade – except for RO & this is soo close to that colour!
      No problem! I think some shoes just suit a more distressed colour, if yours are flat leather though (these are suede) be super careful with a wirebrush or use something softer so they don’t scuff.

  22. Posted 06.08.2013 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I love your shoes with the Balenciaga bag! Great look!

  23. Posted 06.08.2013 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    love that dress, perfect lose fit for this stupid heat. i’m shocked to see you in something that’s not black though lol!

  24. Posted 06.08.2013 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Love the photos.. you look stunning here! Love the post



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  25. Posted 06.08.2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    perfect hot weather dress – so flowy! you look amazing as per xx

  26. Posted 06.08.2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    gorgeous dress!!

  27. Posted 06.08.2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this is my favorite shade dress! You look super classy! Love your heels <3

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  28. Posted 06.08.2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    No heatwave here. In fact it’s pretty chilly today! The shoes look awesome, you did a great job.

  29. Posted 06.08.2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Taupe really suits you Steph, and I think is a colour easily incorporated into your existing wardrobe :) I love the fact you made those shoes your own! So many times I’ve bought something on a whim and found it in the back of my wardrobe a year later never to be worn! The idea of customising it into something wearable is a great one xx

  30. Posted 07.08.2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I read this on my phone yesterday and have been waiting to get on my pc to reply. Absoltuely love the dress on you Steph, that colour suits you and I agree – you need more of it in your wardrobe! Nice to hear that the weather over there is a bit warmer, even though I see you’re still wearing tights x

  31. Posted 07.08.2013 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    This colour and shape is SO flattering on you!

    Maria xxx

  32. Posted 09.08.2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Your shoes looks better in black.. Like everything :)
    Did the colour fade at all since or stay the same?
    Great look, love the dress !

  33. Posted 16.08.2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    You are such a babe. Love that you dyed those shoes!


  34. Posted 26.08.2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    You look great Steph! Taupe is one of my favourite colours to wear: it’s the perfect neutral, but way more edgier and stylish than off-white, which is my other favourite. I cannot believe you dyed your shoes, actually I’ve never heard anyone dying shoes before, but I’m glad the result turned out so well! Caterina

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