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Faux leather; a material that makes you feel instantly more rock ’n’ roll when adorning it. I’m partial to a good faux leather item, in all colours and items of clothing. This particular style of dress has been popping up on several high street retailers sites for SS21, including ASOS, Pull & Bear and Dorothy Perkins. It seems the Zara design has been a clear winner with influencers and the general public, alike. They have absolutely nailed it with the chunky buckles, on trend pleats and deep V neck.
Technically on the Zara website, it’s labelled as a pinafore skirt but I mean, it’s a dress in my eyes. I am a size 12/14 and got the size L, it fits me comfortably with a bit of room. I absolutely adore this dress but I am disappointed to see that it doesn’t go up to larger sizes. When ordering, I was apprehensive that the size L would even fit me but am obviously pleased that it does.
Classic Smart Casual
White Shirt – (old) Vero Moda. Similar alternative: https://bit.ly/2Of9Ila
Belt – Primark. Similar alternative: https://bit.ly/3rylQMJ
Knee Highs – Marks & Spencer. https://bit.ly/3rwSVZf
Shoes – (old) Vagabonds. Similar alternative: https://bit.ly/30vHzsC
Sunglasses – GlassesShop. https://bit.ly/2NdTIQ6 (GSHOT35 to get 35% off entire order)
I envisioned this outfit in my head before I even added the dress to my cart on the Zara website. A slouchy white shirt with black leather is often a match made in heaven and I knew these two would be just that. This double buckle western style belt is the perfect addition to them both as it adds a pop of texture and comfortably cinches the waist in, too. I felt that black shoes or boots would be a bit too much block colour, so I went for a burgundy lace up chunky shoe to compliment the knee high socks.
Black On Black
You really cannot go wrong with pairing black with black, as long as the shades don’t clash, as we all know what some black items are like for fading. As someone who wears a lot more colour these days, I wasn’t expecting to love this outfit as much as I do. I think the chunky belt, boots and necklace really bring the whole outfit together. Accessories can easily make or break an outfit and in this case, I think they completely elevate it.
Cosy & Colourful
The material of this dress is relatively stretchy for faux leather and not stiff at all, so it’s really comfortable to wear a jumper underneath it. I think a turtle neck in any colour would look really lovely underneath, too! I went with a bright red jumper as the contrast between the colours really stood out to me. The leopard and gold belt further accentuates that contrast and really just rounds off a funky, cute and fun outfit so well.
What is your favourite way to style a faux leather dress?