Black Leather Jacket, Blue Pleated Skirt & A Touch Of Pink

Black leather jacket & blue pleated skirt
This outfit was one of those rare combinations that I wasn’t entirely happy with when when I left the house, but when we were shooting the pictures I was pleasantly surprised. I hadn’t realised that I’d picked out the magenta colour in the scarf with the bag, nor that the boots actually looked okay with tights and a skirt. (I’d only worn them with trousers till that point, but I was running late for my hair appointment and had zero time to change.) The overall colour combination was really lovely – maybe I’m better at this than I thought!

I nearly came a cropper with the wind and that floaty pleated skirt – I was having a serious battle with the wind. I had to hold my hair (freshly out of the hairdressers) out of my face with one hand, and hold down my skirt with the other. The wind does make for some great movement in pictures, but gawwwwd does it take a lot of shots to get it right.

The weather is crazy wet and windy in the UK at the moment, I hope you’re all safe from the various elements wherever in the world you are. Are you looking forward to a change in your weather and wearing something different? I’m dreaming of floaty summer dresses right now…!

Blue pleated skirt & magenta bag
Black leather jacket & blue pleated skirt
Patterned snood & black leather jacket


1. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VOTE FOR ME to win the chance to model the Fever London SS14 collection! I’d love to win and show everyone that it’s not just 20-somethings that get the chance to do this! 

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You can vote once per 24 hours till 19 February – if you’d be kind enough to vote whenever you remember I’d be so grateful! Thanks so much 🙂

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Catherine x

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Scarf: Tesco F&F, Jacket: Debenhams (similar), Skirt: Asos, Boots: New Look (similar), Bag: New Look, Gloves: Gift

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  1. February 12, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    Such a lovely outfit, that skirt is beautiful!

    Maria xxx

  2. February 10, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    Thanks for joining the Friday's Fab Favorites link up, I was a co-host last week and I'm trying to read every post! I adore this outfit! The colors pop so great against the leather jacket. love, love, love it!

  3. February 10, 2014 / 12:05 am

    very pretty! Your hair is gorgeous!
    I'm stopping by from

  4. February 8, 2014 / 11:37 pm

    Don't you love those serendipitous moments when you rushed something together only to find out that it worked in ways you never imagined? Well done with the bag and scarf combo! They look great with the blue from the skirt!


    • February 9, 2014 / 6:05 pm

      They don't happen often, Chrissi, but when they do they are sweeeeeeeeet!! Thanks hun x

  5. February 8, 2014 / 3:26 am

    I want those booties!! They never work for me my ankles are so small. And cobalt blue is my color. 🙂 You look fab!!

    • February 9, 2014 / 5:57 pm

      Aww thanks Cessily – I'm the opposite in the ankles department…! Not quite cankles but not right for flats and skirts – always has to be heels. Never satisfied, are we!! Thanks my lovely :))

    • February 9, 2014 / 5:56 pm

      Thank you Terry, I've just popped over and left a comment! You're a star x

  6. February 7, 2014 / 9:46 am

    Totally love the way you styled this look. Love how the blue skirt flow when the wind blows =)

    • February 9, 2014 / 5:55 pm

      Hah the wind is a pain in the bum until you get that one shot where it's all blowing nicely, Yen!! Thank you my lovely x

  7. February 7, 2014 / 7:41 am

    Just voted!
    Love your outfit – it's so bold, yet chic! The blue of the skirt …..oh my..
    Good luck with the show!
    Tenancy Cleaner London

    • February 9, 2014 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you Merry, and for voting too! So nice to have your support x

  8. February 7, 2014 / 2:26 am

    I refuse to believe you are a '40-something' blogger. Your skin is better than mine and I'm in my 20's.

    You look lovely and the scarf is beautiful.

    Corinne x

    • February 9, 2014 / 5:54 pm

      Aww bless you, Corinne (I'll pay you later). Thank you!! But don't forget, things always look better in photos and with make-up – I do look at the pictures afterwards and wish I looked like that when I wake up in the morning! x

    • February 9, 2014 / 5:45 pm

      Thank you and thank you Jess – and I can't rival you in a hair-off as you'd win hands down, but if you think my hair looks great that's high praise indeed!! x

    • February 9, 2014 / 5:44 pm

      Irene thank you for voting – you're a total star!!! I do hope I win not least because you lot have been so wonderful with your support! x

  9. February 6, 2014 / 10:23 am

    Beautiful outfit! xx

  10. February 6, 2014 / 10:11 am

    A look absolutely gorgeous. I love the pleated skirt, with this pretty blue klein, and I also love the combination of the bag and scarf, both wonderful.

  11. February 6, 2014 / 9:59 am

    Hello there in the wet and windy U.K….Ciao,beautiful photos and your outfit is a work of Art…lovely combo of colours & great style …you're an Artist of Style!
    greetings from Italy

  12. February 6, 2014 / 4:15 am

    Whats not to love about this outfit? Everything just works. I can't wait for summer to be over here in Australia. Lovely look Catherine.

    • February 9, 2014 / 5:43 pm

      You too with the heatwave, Elsie?! Thank you sweetie for commenting x

  13. February 6, 2014 / 1:46 am

    Yes, I am dreaming of escaping our Aussie heatwave for somewhere cold where I can layer to my heart's content 🙂

    Beautiful and inspiring outfit. Now I know what to do with a similar vintage skirt I bought recently:) The black and cobalt are such a stunning combination and the addition of pink add the 'pretty'. I also enjoy the contast of tough with the leather jacket with the feminine of the skirt. It's quite nice when you realise an outfit look better than you first thought. You look great.

    • February 9, 2014 / 5:42 pm

      Gosh yes, you've got the opposite problem in Australia haven't you! My sister lives in Oz and she said it's ridiculously hot. I like the heat, but I'm sure even I would get sick of it after a while!

      Thank you for your lovely comments – and I hadn't thought about the masculine/feminine thing before with this outfit. Good point! x

    • February 9, 2014 / 5:40 pm

      Ooooh good point about the black against your face, Lorna – though my hair has got lighter over the last few years. I've actually been wearing black a bit more since I've gone more copper than when I was dark chestnut brown. Thanks for stopping by hun x

  14. February 5, 2014 / 11:25 pm

    Cor – love your outfit again – the skirt is so nice, and how good do the bag and scarf look !!

  15. February 5, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    You look lovely. I love the bright colors with the black. I really want to be able to wear a pleated skirt, but they just don't work with my body type. It makes me sad, so I will admire you.

    • February 9, 2014 / 5:38 pm

      Oh bless you, sweetie! I'm sure there are things that don't look great on me that you look fabulous in, though…!

    • February 9, 2014 / 5:38 pm

      Yep I think the magenta and royal blue is a new fave combination! Thanks Natasha x

  16. February 5, 2014 / 7:34 pm

    You certainly ARE great at this, Catherine…your colour combination here just explodes off my iPad screen (in the best possible way, of course!!) Your scarf does a fab job of tying the whole palette together; and booties with a skirt or dress?? One of my personal go-to looks right now!!

    • February 9, 2014 / 10:27 am

      Hmm maybe I'll try the booties with a skirt again then, Monika! Thanks hun x

  17. February 5, 2014 / 5:33 pm

    The wind is giving your skirt an even prettier flounce! You look terrific and I love that scarf. xox

    • February 9, 2014 / 10:27 am

      It photographs really well actually, doesn't it [the scarf] Patti? It was a Christmas present… someone knows me very well 😉 Thanks my lovely x

  18. February 5, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    I love the pop of the cobalt with the bright pink! You wear bright colors so well.

  19. February 5, 2014 / 3:58 pm

    This is beautiful, color done with a keen eye! I'm doing a similar type of styling in my next post. Taking the basics and amping up the color translates to followers of all ages. These colors compliment your hair perfectly. I love the lightweight fabric of the skirt and the magenta bag is right on.

    blue hue wonderland

    • February 9, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Thanks Ann – as I said I didn't think about the colours too much, sometimes it's just a happy accident!

  20. February 5, 2014 / 3:31 pm

    I definitely love the scarf– it really is the center of the look. Isn't it interesting how looks can surprise us? I love it, because it pushes me out of my comfort zone!

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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