My Late Summer Uniform: Zebra Print & Faux Leather

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It’s that super awkward time of year: it’s technically still summer, but it most definitely feels like autumn has arrived. On Saturday we took my camera out into town for the first time in months (thanks to my wrist break and surgery…more on that in a video soon!) and snapped the outfit that’s become somewhat of a uniform for me right now. It’s completely representative of the kind of pieces I’ve been picking out of my wardrobe, giving off some subtle summer vibes whilst making sure I’m not going to be totally bloody freezing.

Interestingly, only one element of the outfit is ‘new in’, and even then we’re taking a few months old. I’m really enjoying revisiting some of my favourite older wardrobe staples, and in that spirit I’m actually going to chat a bit about each one in this post. Let’s start with…

The Jacket

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This faux leather Topshop jacket has been in my life for about 5 years now, and I’m betting quite a few of you own/owned it too! It was a SUPER popular piece at the time and I still occasionally see people rocking it around Manchester. It fits me perfectly and is mega versatile – I think I’ve worn it with every outfit you could imagine. Leather jackets are my late summer/autumn go-to and I’m hoping to invest in a new one over the next few weeks too!

You can find similar jackets right now at: Boohoo, Missguided, ASOS and Motel.

The Dress

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I see some themes developing here…this zebra print dress may be completely on trend right now, but it’s actually as old as my jacket (AND originally from Topshop!). It’s been sitting in my wardrobe for a while, and until I pulled it out on Saturday I don’t think I’d worn it for well over a year. I actually really love it, and whilst midi dresses aren’t usually my thing they are absolutely spot on for this weird weather. Luckily, with animal prints having a well-deserved moment, there are lots of similar dresses knocking about at the minute.

Here are a few I found from: New Look, ASOS, Mango at ASOS and River Island.

The Shoes

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I spotted these trainers from Boohoo a few months ago (pre-wrist break and unscheduled blogging hiatus…) and am really excited to actually be wearing them out and about now. Silver trainers were made to be worn with faux leather and a bold, printed dress, and these are pretty comfy too. I’m eternally obsessed with metallic footwear and love that they’re kind of chunky, plus the camo is a fun touch – they’re the kind of trainers I would have loved to wear in the 90s.

If you’re in the market for some silvery sneakery goodness, I found some more brill items from: Missguided, EGO and Nasty Gal.

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What’s your favourite outfit combo right now? I’m on the look out for new ideas, as the weather still doesn’t seem to be committing itself to any particular season!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. August 28, 2018 / 6:58 am

    Absolutely love this outfit! The trainers look so comfy. I’m definitely all for a leather jacket in this changeable weather!

    • Chyaz
      August 28, 2018 / 8:00 am

      Thanks so much Emma! It’s such a weird time of year, but I’m secretly excited for autumn/winter fashion too! x

  2. August 28, 2018 / 9:14 am

    this is a great outfit – a biker jacket never goes out of style – and neither does zebra print when it’s on a dress like this. Hope you had a great weekend. Love Bec x

    • Chyaz
      August 29, 2018 / 9:33 am

      That’s so true! Thanks so much Bec, it was so fun to get my blog on again 🙂 hope you had a great one too!

  3. August 28, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    oh to be younger! that outfit looks so stylish but also so comfortable. style with comfort is my motto in my late 50’s. I have a similar jacket but being menopausal the temperature has not cooled enough for me to wear mine.

    • Chyaz
      August 29, 2018 / 9:34 am

      Aw thank you! I love to be comfy too, it’s always great when you find an outfit that ticks both the comfort and style boxes!

  4. August 28, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I’m living for outfits like this at the moment!! I’d much rather wear some trainers than some heeled boots, I get why Lilly Allen did it all the time haha 😂 You look great!! ☺️

    • Chyaz
      August 29, 2018 / 9:34 am

      YES!! I felt so 2007-Lily when I was wearing this outfit combo, love her loads! Thanks lovely x

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