Suede and Patent Leather

Mixing textures in fashion

Suede skirt and chequered shirt

Feathered hat and Abercrombie plaid shirt

Casual outfit with long grey scarf

Casual outfit with checkered shirt and suede skirt

Pretty streets of Middelburg Netherlands

Asos suede pencil skirt

Casual autumn style

Asos Skirt, on sale | Abercrombie & Fitch Shirt (similar here, here and here) | Zara Bag (similar here, here and here) | Hudson Mirar Boots (similar here, here and here) | Asos Scarf (similar here, here and here) |  Urban Outfitters Hat (similar options here and here)


Exploration is my middle name. I indulge in the sport of discovery like a Pooh bear slurps honey (minus the sugar-induced coma afterwards). No Vasco da Gama or Space Odyssey kind of exploration for me – the focus of my desire to explore is on a micro level. The places I visit, the photos I make, the texts I write, the clothes I wear: I like to switch things up. I’m constantly on the lookout for what’s new and better (or just more interesting – because of that novelty).

For the sake of exploration, I recently tried some new garment combinations. What would be the result of putting together a lumberjack shirt (in a more fashion-forward term: a chequered shirt); a deep blue, slim fit suede pencil skirt with playful patent leather side pockets giving the skirt a fresh modern edge (on sale!); black snakeskin ankle booties; a scarf that may as well be the goddess of her species (wonderfully long and soft but chic at the same time); a blue mini messenger bag with chain; and a black feathered hat. And the doors of Middelburg, of course.

What makes sartorial exploration so fascinating is that you never know with certainty what will be the result of combining different elements. In fashion, the whole may be greater (or lesser) than the sum of its parts. You don’t know before your try. An additional intricacy is that it all depends on the judgment of the beholder. Is in this particular case the whole greater than the parts? Do you believe today’s exploration (a mixture of textures, of classic and modern elements, of sophisticated and playful pieces) was successful? If my middle name is Exploration, let yours be Judgement. Since the truth is in the eye of the beholder I’ll accept your verdict.


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  1. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!

  2. Heba March 2, 2016

    Loving the colors and the difference in pattern.

    Heba xx ||The Heba

  3. Mademoiselle Coconath March 2, 2016

    Lovely outfit! Love the details!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  4. Jesica February 29, 2016

    I love the juxtaposition of the plaid shirt with the more refined pencil skirt, simply gorgeous!

  5. Adaleta February 28, 2016

    What a beautiful skirt, I’m a big fan. You’re rocking it! xx

  6. Kamila February 27, 2016

    I love this combo of suede skirt and checked shirt!! Have a nice Sunday :)

  7. Saba February 27, 2016

    This ensemble looks absolutely beautiful on you, and I think the outfit is a definite success! Sometimes it’s really refreshing to put a look together in an entirely different way. Fashion is reinvention after all!

    p.s – I love your hat!

    Saba x

    • Bold Bliss May 1, 2016

      Reinventing and experimenting is what makes putting outfits together such fun! Have a great weekend. Xx

  8. Kim February 27, 2016

    This outfit is on point! And I’m just in love with that skirt. I’m thinking getting one myself!


  9. Yasmin February 27, 2016

    I love a good pencil skirt. Blue suede? Even better! Gorgeous photos!

    xx Yasmin

  10. Catherine X February 26, 2016

    Ah love the mix of textures! Perfect look, so chic and unexpected :)

  11. Denise February 26, 2016

    I just tried to send a commend, but I don’t k now whether it was accepted!

  12. Denise February 26, 2016

    I loved the text and the feeling of exploration and I loved the outfit too! Nice skirt, nice shirt and I loved the hat! I am very biased, becase I really love to wear such an outfit – it’s nice and comfy, and I love things like this!

    • Bold Bliss February 26, 2016

      Yes, that shirt is the comfiest ever! Thanks for your lovely comment. Xx

  13. Gemma February 25, 2016

    Such a perfect outfit. You look elegant in the suede skirt.

    Gemma x

  14. Petite Maison of Fashion February 25, 2016

    I love your chunky scarf and hat!


  15. Daniela February 24, 2016

    Really beautiful outfit! <3 So elegant and fresh!


  16. Micheal February 24, 2016
    You have a great sense of style!

  17. Stella February 23, 2016

    I really like your shirt, very cute! I like how you paired it with the skirt.

  18. Michelle Joseph February 23, 2016

    I believe you have pulled off this experimental outfit. Love the skirt.

  19. Ashley February 23, 2016

    I have the same bag! x

    • Bold Bliss February 26, 2016

      Really? What a coincidence! Xx Bold Bliss

  20. Feyi A February 23, 2016

    Lovely post!!
    Marveling-Mind☀ | Instagram | Bloglovin’

  21. Lee February 23, 2016

    This outfit is amazing! I’ve definitely been exploring more as I’ve become more into fashion blogging. I looove this combination though.

    Lee –

  22. Merritt Beck February 23, 2016

    Love the colors and that scarf looks so cozy!

    The Style Scribe

  23. Shirelle SVLH February 22, 2016

    Love outfits like this. If I had all those items I wouldn’t of put them together to make an outfit. It works so well together tho! X

  24. Genevive February 22, 2016

    Love this unique look!

  25. Gina February 22, 2016

    Wow, love your skirt <3

  26. Thuy February 22, 2016

    It wasn’t until I started blogging that I started sartorial experimentation and it really challenges me and helps me get to know yourself. It’s the same as you trying to get to know yourself in other ways outside of clothes. It’s great.

    I also love to explore. I would actually love my blog to include way more travel but I am limited by time and budget for the time being! Even still, my friends still consider me to be a person that travels a lot lmao so there’s that.

    Great photos. I love the way the scarf brightens up the outfit.

    • Bold Bliss February 26, 2016

      Lovely to hear that you’re also driven by exploration. Even if you don’t have the time or budget to travel a lot, you can still explore in so many other ways (and, as you say, this helps to get to know yourself better)! Thanks for the thoughtful comment. Xx

  27. Caitlin February 22, 2016

    Amazing outfit, perfectionised by the cute hat-and-feather. Love it! Your hair style is wonderful in all this.

    You choose perfect angles in a town. I think everybody would like to go to your places.

    The bag is nice and affordable. Good tip!


  28. Dana February 22, 2016

    This outfit makes me dream. It is cool, daring, utterly “bold”. I especially like the pencil skirt, a combination of suede and leather. I’m already ordering :) !!

    I could combine it with several items I have, but your soft lumberjack shirt is perfect, of course.

    Beautiful photos in picturesque Middelburg!



    • Bold Bliss February 26, 2016

      Thank you so much for your glowing comment! Xx

  29. Corelia "Judgement" Chaplin February 22, 2016

    A bold combination, worthy of an experienced explorer.

    According to me the result is splendid.

    Keep exploring forever.

    • Bold Bliss February 26, 2016

      You have the most wonderful name ever :)


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