I’m sharing a new feature on Kimba Likes – the Shop My Closet series. It’s all about finding hidden treasure in your wardrobe and looking at new ways to style it.
I’m also telling the story behind my pieces. I adore discovering this information when I’m reading Wearing posts so I hope you will indulge me!
I’ve made an unfortunate fashion faux pas in this outfit. I’ve teamed a Morrissey leather jacket with a Leona Edmiston dress from her Ruby range. Uh Oh. Apparently, they still don’t speak all these years later.
Shop My Closet | Animal Print and Leather
I’ve teamed a Leona Edmiston Ruby dress in a fabulous jungle animal print with my vintage Morrissey leather jacket, midnight opaque tights from Sussan and Seed Heritage ankle boots, inspired by the famous Acne Pistols.
I’ve layered the dress over my Verily bamboo long sleeved slip to keep me warm and snuggly.
All about my dress
My Leona Edmiston dress is from the Ruby line – the more affordable diffusion range. This particular dress was purchased using a birthday gift voucher from my Gorgeous Girls. They’re good like that!
The dress is a T shirt style with short sleeves, a scoop neck and a riotous pattern of leopards hanging out in the jungle on a black background. I just love the twist on leopard “animal print”. It is one of those truly versatile pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down and worn in different seasons.
I wore this dress to my BFF’s 40th with a pair of Wittner black platform peeptoes and a Forever New fur collar. I’ve worn it to a barbecue with tan gladiator sandals. It layers beautifully in winter with the addition of opaque tights, long sleeve tee, long line cardigan and a cropped jacket.
I own a range of Leona Edmiston dresses, from the posh Leona Edmiston Frocks, to the original diffusion line, Leona, and the latest Ruby diffusion line. I also have purchased Little Leona over the years for my nieces. I own Leona Edmiston sunglasses, shoes and handbags. I have evening dresses, day dresses, casual dresses and a range of patterns, colours and styles.
My secret to my impressive Leona Edmiston collection? Well, I live awfully close to the Leona Edmiston Vintage Boutique, have lucked in at thrift shops and Myer clearance sales, and for several years, my birthday money was dedicated to building my Leona Edmiston collection!
All about my jacket
The gorgeous vintage Morrissey leather jacket is my perfect jacket. It’s collarless, cropped, shaped for my figure and ever so slightly beaten up, which is exactly how a leather jacket should be worn.
Although black is not my favourite colour, there are some pieces which are so classic that I have to have them in my wardrobe. This jacket makes the cut.
I’ve customised the leather jacket with beautiful Liberty London fabric buttons, purchased on a trip to my favourite store in the entire world a few years ago. With the addition of the oh so pretty buttons with the classic black leather jacket, it is Tough Pretty in one piece. Love that!
I picked this jacket up at the Rozelle Markets about 7 years ago, and had it re-oiled. The reconditioning service cost me about five times more than the jacket, but it was totes worth it.
All about my accessories
Sadly, I can’t see myself ever being able to drop $600 on a pair of Acne Pistols, but I’m very happy with my Seed Heritage inspired pair. I bought them about three years ago and they’re still going strong. At cost per wear, I owe them, I’m sure. Especially as I managed to pick them up on sale.
My Sussan opaque tights were purchased two winters ago. Yes, I know right? I can’t believe they’ve managed to last that long either. Not a slur on the quality of the tights. No, not at all. Simply expressing my amazement that a self confessed klutz such as me has managed not to rip them yet!
I’ve accessorised with my Usual Suspect pieces – Avalise Jewellery pendant and earrings, Mimco and Tiffany & Co bangles, Mimco watch and the Tiffany & Co ring I received for my Big Four Oh My Gods.
Another fabulous way to build my Leona Edmiston collection? It’s a bit of a long shot, but I was lucky enough to win Leona Edmiston’s recent Instagram competition for Bastille Day. $150 worth of free shopping is worth way more than that, when I was able to combine it with a shopping trip with my bestie.
I purchased two dresses from the Ruby Line. The gorgeous Veronique in Pompeii print, on the left. It’s printed with Greek pottery in a gorgeous olive green. On the right, the cute as a button Lyssandra in ByeBye Mumbai, printed in stylised elephants. $220 for both. Don’t you love a sale!