WIW: "Autumnizing" the summer frock

I bought this sleeveless summer dress from Cleo Petite with the full intention of wearing it year round - on its own or with a light topper in summer and then with booties and a heavier topper in fall, and then finally with tights, boots and topper for winter.

Today is the autumn version. Plus it's the debut of my black leather jacket which I can tell already is going to become a favourite. To add even more "edge" to the dress and leather jacket combo, I've added my Doc Marcies for footwear ("hello Marcie - I've missed you!) and a black patent faux croc leather handbag. Jewelry is limited to two rings.

I feel great in this outfit and a little bit bad a**. What do you think? Proportions work? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Leather jacket: Danier Leather
Dress: Cleo Petites
Boots: Doc Martens Marcies
Handbag: Danier Leather (thrifted)
Rings: Lia Sophia

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  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 8 years ago

    Shannon, this is an absolute winner. The dress looks great and the leather is perfect with it. I love how you have kept the accessories neutral to emphasize the gorgeous green.

    Imagine how nice the B&W Maggie London wrap would look with red leather jacket and booties. It would be the same idea in reverse. (enabling...)

  • Ann in New England replied 8 years ago

    I think I'd kill to look like you in this outfit.
    I'd also kill for the dress.
    Maybe I'd better lay off the coffee this morning. :)
    Seriously, you look fantastic!

  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    Edgy was the first word that came to mind. I LOVE this combo!

  • replied 8 years ago

    Ha! Shannon, we must be linked somehow mentally because I was totally going to wear mine today too, with a black velvet blazer on top, and black booties. Unfortunately it was pouring rain and I had a 20 minute walk to the bus stop so wore something a little more rain/commuter friendly!

    I love this Shannon, it looks great.

  • Jjsloane replied 8 years ago

    Great look Shannon - well done on seasonal change (and attitude change) for a lovely dress. I'm all layered up today too in something similar. I added a button down under my dress AND a blazer on top (would love a black leather, but probably not for my office)

  • Sona replied 8 years ago

    very chic with a fantastic fall edge!! you look fab.

  • jen replied 8 years ago

    Absolutely bad a** and edgy, LOOOOVE it! and I love the red lips with it too, looks great with the green dress.

  • Queen Mum replied 8 years ago

    love it! this is very edgy and cool!

  • ramya replied 8 years ago

    Shannon you just inspired me for some DIY on Indian Kurta to make it like a frock... :)
    you look "wow:)"

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  • shevia replied 8 years ago

    Just gorgeous!

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Ha! Every time I put on my Marcies I feel bada**. :-)

    You look terrific here, Shannon! That is such a terrific and versatile dress.

  • Angie replied 8 years ago


    You wear black very well :)

  • rae replied 8 years ago

    Bada** indeed. Consider the dress Autumn-ated! Looooove that jacket; so glad your leather jacket search had a happy ending.

  • lyn* replied 8 years ago

    I love the kick-butt leather jacket on you with this darling dress! :)

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    Thanks everybody!

    Dianthus - didn't get the red leather jacket. Went and tried it on again and it just didn't fit as well as I thought.

    Ceit - too funny! Hopefully it's not raining tomorrow so you can wear it!

    Angie - as I said in Caro's post this morning, I find the more silver in my hair the better I look in black. Somehow the silver "lightens" the look somehow. Thanks for the k-rating!

  • BethL replied 8 years ago

    *Clunk* Great outfit, Shannon! It looks fantastic on you. You have definitely autumnized the dress, without even making it look like you had to do anything special to do so, if you know what I mean. That's the mark of true wardrobe workhorse pieces, I think. (Never mind the wearer who carries it off so well!) I haven't been around long enough to see the Marcies on anyone before...oh, boy, do I like them. Drooling.

  • christy replied 8 years ago

    LOVE!!!! This is such a great outfit. Love the Marcie's and the leather jacket especially - great way to toughen up and autumnize the dress. (giving a ginger pat to kitty who looks like he is guarding over his treasures).

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    Thank you Beth - Suz, Rae, Vicki and probably a few others I can't think of at the moment, also have the Marcies. For something with that kind of heel height, they are incredibly comfortable.

    lyn - whoa...I don't think I've ever owned anything "kick butt" before!

    Christy - Gain says "thanks" for the pats. He's such a photo hog - lol!

  • moira replied 8 years ago

    I have a few pair of booties and have only worn them with pants. You have inspired me to try them with skirts and dresses. It would appear that a knee length skirt is the trick to keep from looking chopped off.
    I have got to learn to upload pictures.

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    Shannon you are a runaway snowball! Snowball, because the fabness just keeps growing and growing. I should just duplicate your wardrobe. You've achieved the perfect look for *my* life. LOL.

  • Caro in Oz replied 8 years ago

    Amazing look on you - I love the way you wear your clothes.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    Moira - definitely try the booties with a skirt or dress. It does take some getting used to and getting your eyes to adjust to a different look, but once you do - oh, it's sooooo much fun!

    Rachylou & Caro - *blushing*

  • Joy replied 8 years ago

    What a great look! I love your style.

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