Denim and Leopard Print

chambray dress

Sometimes everything just clicks

Take this belt, for example. Now, I only ever wear belts for one reason: to keep my trousers in place. I’ve yet to find a pair of trousers with the waist-hip ratio to comfortably accommodate my body. A belt is what keeps me from constantly pulling my trousers up…

But back to this belt… I bought it in Barcelona in June, with no idea what to wear it with. I thought maybe I could use it to create a waist in one of those sack-like sundresses the shops are full of (I was getting a bit desperate at that point, not finding any dresses I liked). Of course, I really hate wearing a belt (or anything tight and close to body) in hot weather, so that’s probably one of those ideas that seems good in theory but doesn’t really work in practice.

And then I saw this denim dress, on sale no less, and I knew immediately that it was meant for this belt. So yes, I bought the dress to match it to a belt I already had… Oh well, why not? Of course, it didn’t hurt that I also had just the perfect pair of leopard print sunglasses to complete the outfit…


summer dress

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Outfit details:

dress: Phase Eight / belt: el Corte Ingles / shoes: Van Dal / 

sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana / bag: Coach
loctaion: Liuskasaari, Helsinki

What’s your view on belts: practical or decorative?



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  1. Suzanne Carillo
    20 August 2016 / 4:28 pm

    Love the dress and the belt. Such a carefree classic outfit. Hooray for pockets!bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      21 August 2016 / 10:32 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne. I love the simplicity of this outfit; it's very understated in a way yet chic.

    • Tiina L
      21 August 2016 / 10:30 pm

      Thanks, Nancy! We took the photos on a small island just off the mainland.

  2. No Fear of Fashion
    21 August 2016 / 11:43 am

    Oh yes, you were so right to A) buy the belt and B) buy this dress to go with the belt. They are a perfect combination and suit you so damned well. Kudos (fashion word for applaus haha).Greetje

    • Tiina L
      21 August 2016 / 10:43 pm

      Thanks, Greetje. This just proves that whenever you find something you like, better grab it then because there will be a time when you can wear it…

  3. Marea Dotz
    21 August 2016 / 2:54 pm

    Fantastic outfit! And on a rather out of context note, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your intelligent and personal comments concerning Brexit. I urge you to continue writing about this event as things develop (for better or for worse).

    • Tiina L
      21 August 2016 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks, Marea, for your kind words. I was a bit worried as I didn't want to sound whiny, but then I thought I needed to be honest about how I felt.

  4. Patti
    21 August 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Great look – I think the belt is a real style star. Thanks for linking, xo-Patti

    • Tiina L
      21 August 2016 / 10:50 pm

      Thanks, Patti. Belts are a bit of a new thing for me, especially worn over a dress.

  5. Jill James
    22 August 2016 / 7:35 am

    The leopard print belt really adds to your denim dress, it was such a good find.Looking very Summery by the water.

    • Tiina L
      25 August 2016 / 9:40 am

      Thanks, Jill. I really love leopard print accessories, they can dress up a plain outfit in a minute.

  6. Mummabstylish
    22 August 2016 / 7:45 am

    I love this whole look, I'm after a denim dress of some description. Great how you've styled with leopard print – love it!

    • Tiina L
      25 August 2016 / 9:41 am

      Thanks, Jacqui. I like denim in skirts and dresses these days, it's both casual and a bit more dressy at the same time.

  7. Emma Peach
    22 August 2016 / 6:35 pm

    I love this look! The belt looks fab with the denim dress!Emma

    • Tiina L
      25 August 2016 / 9:41 am

      Thanks, Emma.

  8. Natalia Lialina
    22 August 2016 / 8:40 pm

    This is an absolutely adorable outfit on you, Tiina! Love!

    • Tiina L
      25 August 2016 / 9:42 am

      Thanks, Natalia, how sweet of you to say that.

  9. Petite Silver Vixen
    23 August 2016 / 11:05 am

    Love the belt. Love the dress. Love the belt with the dress. Love the fact you bought the belt and then a dress to match! That's my girl! And I so get the belt for trousers body ratio – that's me too!

    • Tiina L
      25 August 2016 / 9:43 am

      Oh well, when you spot an opportunity… I've learned that when you find something you like, better get it because you will need it one day.

  10. Amy Johnson
    23 August 2016 / 12:50 pm

    beautiful look! I have a chambray dress similar to this one, I will have to try it with a leopard print belt!

    • Tiina L
      25 August 2016 / 9:43 am

      Thanks, Amy.

  11. Kristin Kohler
    23 August 2016 / 3:47 pm

    That leopard print is cute! Love leopard and chambray

    • Tiina L
      25 August 2016 / 9:44 am

      Thanks, Kristin.

  12. 6elementsoftheearth
    24 August 2016 / 9:43 am

    This denim dress and the belt are perfect combo.

    • Tiina L
      25 August 2016 / 9:44 am

      Thanks, Anna.

  13. Mica T
    24 August 2016 / 11:01 am

    The denim dress and leopard print belt look perfect together, what a great pairing :)Away From The Blue Blog

    • Tiina L
      25 August 2016 / 9:45 am

      Thanks, Mica.

  14. Nicole Mölders
    25 August 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Denim dresses are so coooooooooool.

    • Tiina L
      26 August 2016 / 8:09 am

      Thanks, Nicole. Yes, I agree, denim dresses are cool.

  15. Jessica Jannenga
    25 August 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Love this denim shirtdress on you Tiina! The cut and style, perfect and the leopard accent look great with the denim!Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesdayjess

    • Tiina L
      26 August 2016 / 8:14 am

      Thanks! I was so happy to find this dress. I think the cut is timeless, but a bit retro at the same time.

  16. Shelbee On The Edge
    25 August 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Tiina, can I just say how very much I am loving this look! The belt is practical and decorative in this case. It creates more definition in your waist and it is just so darn pretty! I'm like you, I always need a belt with pants or I am hiking them up all day long. I do need to invest in some better belts and start showing them off a bit more! But this is just so fabulous on you. I may need to copy it soon!Just a reminder that the newest On the Edge of the Week Link Up is live now!

    • Tiina L
      26 August 2016 / 8:16 am

      Thanks! This is one of my favourite looks, too. Not least because of the well-defined waistline. I have an hourglass body, and I need a dress with a nipped in waist, otherwise I end up looking 2 sizes bigger.

    • Shelbee On The Edge
      26 August 2016 / 6:48 pm

      Thanks so much for linking up with me On the Edge of the Week! I hope to see you again next week. Have a marvelous weekend!

  17. Elegance and Mommyhood
    26 August 2016 / 7:23 pm

    You look so chic and slightly retro. Love the denim dress, especially paired with the leopard belt with the round buckle. Awesome!Do come by and share this beauty with my latest linkup. Thanks and have a great weekend! Ada. =)

    • Tiina L
      27 August 2016 / 8:18 am

      Yes, retro! That's what I was thinking when I first saw it. It reminded me of the 50's Grace Kelly, or something my mother used to wear in the 70's.

  18. Alice Warren
    29 August 2016 / 4:26 am

    I have a leopard belt and wear mine more for decorative purpose than function and it seems to go with everything. I love it with your denim dress!Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    • Tiina L
      30 August 2016 / 10:13 am

      I don't usually wear belts for decorative purposes, so this is new to me. But I like the way it looks, and I might try it again with other dresses.

  19. Susan R
    31 August 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Very nice. The belt gives the dress that added touch of style it needed.

    • Tiina L
      31 August 2016 / 7:34 pm

      Thanks, Susan! My thoughts exactly!

    • Tiina L
      4 September 2016 / 10:53 am

      Thank you.

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