Outfit: staples from Sourpuss

Sourpuss Clothing is a brand that I’ve been aware of for years, but never actually taken a good look at. On the more ‘alternative’ end of vintage inspired fashion, I was more familiar with them for their punky stuff, and didn’t really realise there might be things I’d like the look of too.
I’m really glad I did now though, as it’s taught me one very important fact: Sourpuss make some of the best frame bags out there. I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this recently, so for anyone who doesn’t know: I am a framebagaholic. Some day I’ll show you my collection I’m sure – I just can’t get enough of them. I won’t stop until I have one in every colour! But it wasn’t until I looked at Sourpuss’s website that I realised one crucial thing: I have never come across a good-sized, leopard print frame bag. Until now!
I’ll be honest, this whole look started with my love for this bag. It was a fun challenge to come up with an outfit to wear with it – but admittedly an easy one as, let’s remember, readers, leopard print can totally be a neutral. It can also be an outfit detail too if you want, so a leopard print bag is definitely a wardrobe staple in my eyes. This one is a decent size, I love the strap length (I can squeeze it onto my shoulder) and it’s wonderfully lightweight. And furry!
This outfit started office-y, then became more weekend thanks to a trusty beret. You totally could wear this to work though. This blouse immediately joined my Shirt Hall of Fame for being that one in a million that actually fits me and doesn’t gap or pop open at the bust (I’m not even that gifted in this area, but I’ve still managed my fair share of embarrassing chest-related incidents nonetheless). Also, the scallop details and puff cap sleeves are too cute and make a boring white shirt a bit more exciting. The skirt is a great basic too – it’s a bit too big in the waist for me but nothing a belt couldn’t fit. I like that it’s not skin tight, it’s far more flattering than some other repro wiggles I have. I can see it going into frequent rotation! Although it is that material that creases as soon as you look at it – so excuse the wrinkles.
Together these items look great together, but on their own they’re awesome staples too. And if you like a frame bag as much as I do, be prepared to be blown away by the many beauties on the Sourpuss website! I want them ALL.
Sourpuss Lolita shirt, classic pencil skirt & leopard print Betsy frame bag


Sourpuss Lolita shirt in white


Sourpuss Lolita shirt in white


Sourpuss Lolita shirt, classic pencil skirt & leopard print Betsy frame bag


Sourpuss Lolita shirt in white


Sourpuss Lolita shirt, classic pencil skirt


Sourpuss Lolita shirt, classic pencil skirt & leopard print Betsy frame bag


Pinup Girl Couture leopard print waist belt


Sourpuss Lolita shirt, classic pencil skirt & leopard print Betsy frame bag


Sourpuss Betsy leopard print bag


Sourpuss Lolita shirt, classic pencil skirt & leopard print Betsy frame bag
Hat: Primark
I haven’t moaned about the weather much lately, but rest assured folks, it’s still terrible. This day it was so cold and windy I had a bit of a blogger diva strop, so kudos to B for enduring that tantrum. But come ON weather, it’s nearly MAY and it’s still exactly the same as winter was around here. I just want to take outfit photos without risk of pneumonia, is that too much to ask?!


  1. May 1, 2016 / 8:11 am

    What a splendidly lovely outfit! I can't decide which element of it I love more – that classic, charmingly sweet blouse or the fabulously chic leopard print bag. Two way fashion tie for sure. I really like that you partnered leopard with navy here. We so little of that marriage, in general, despite it looking incredibly chic and sophisticated. Thank you for the delightful reminder of just how great the two are together.

    Many hugs,
    β™₯ Jessica

    • May 4, 2016 / 12:08 pm

      Aw, thanks Jessica πŸ™‚ Leopard and navy are one of my favourites together – works equally well with dark denim πŸ™‚ x

  2. May 1, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Cici!! This outfit is so cute! I actually think I may purchase this purse and top now, thanks to you! I really really love both. And I am totally with you on the weather situation, I had a bit of a tantrum on my last post as well, because it is EXACTLY the same now as it was Winter too!

    • May 4, 2016 / 12:08 pm

      Well, if that's not a ringing endorsement I don't know what is πŸ˜€ Our weather is finally looking up this week, just in time for my birthday – hooray!

  3. May 1, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    This is such a great outfit! The blouse is so gorgeous, the scallop detail is so sweet. That bag looks amazing, I like to carry lots of stuff and it looks like it would work for me. The shoes, belt and beret make this a perfect look x

    • May 4, 2016 / 12:09 pm

      Definitely, I carry way too much at all times and this bag coped admirably!

  4. May 1, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    That's an endearingly pretty blouse, very sweet, it nicely offsets the 'fierce' leopard print. I love your tip about wide belts for too big skirts, good thinking! Better weather is on the way I hear, arriving for our birthdays πŸ™‚ Not long now!! Hope you're having a nice bank hol weekend xx

    • May 4, 2016 / 12:10 pm

      I don't think I was consciously offsetting the leopard print, but I feel like I may have been on a subconscious level πŸ˜‰ that's a thing. And the better weather seems to be here now, yay! xx

  5. May 2, 2016 / 9:41 am

    Such a great look on you, love the white blouse and your leopard print bag and belt! πŸ™‚ I'm the opposite where I live in Australia, for May it's still so very hot – I want to wear my winter outfits all ready!

    • May 4, 2016 / 12:10 pm

      I can safely say I will never have that desire!!

  6. May 2, 2016 / 11:06 am

    Very cute! I love the bag, and I totally agree – leopard is a neutral and should be worn as such. I mean, it's just black and brown together, and what could be more neutral than those two? But I think you've really let it stand out, pairing it with the denim skirt and white button down.
    Also, I'm glad I'm not the only one with outstandingly shitty weather lately! It was 7 degrees celsius here in Chicago for the past week, and I'm beyond ready for some decent spring!

    • May 4, 2016 / 12:10 pm

      Exactly! Hope your weather is looking up a bit now – ours seems to be taking a turn for the better at last. Hurrah, actual spring!

  7. Anonymous
    May 2, 2016 / 11:15 am

    It is a very, very nice outfit. Although I am not mad about leopard print (I do not own anything with this print) it looks very good on you, it is not too much but adds a perfect accent to your skirt and blouse. I would rather not talk about the weather, it was freezing here last week (it even snowed, not kidding!) but it seems we are going to see nicest temperatures the coming weekend πŸ™‚ Last but not least I had shoes like yours back in 2004 but in white colour, they were very comfortable! Have a great week πŸ™‚ Eva (from Luxembourg/Germany)

    • May 4, 2016 / 12:11 pm

      Ah, I'm the opposite – I own too much with leopard print! We've been having snow in parts of the UK too over the last couple of weeks – it's nearly May!!

  8. May 2, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Gorgeous outfit! I love how you added the leopard print belt to the mix. And that top is so darling! I love it! Hope the weather warms up for you! I'm sure it will soon! <3

    • May 4, 2016 / 12:11 pm

      It's getting there now πŸ™‚

  9. May 2, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    If I didn't get sick even once taking pictures in -15 Celcius, I'm pretty sure you won't get a pneumonia ;P But on the other hand, it wasn't all that windy back then. We've had a wonderful weather here, 15-18 C degrees which is really warm for this time of year. Last year June passed by without a single day above 18 degrees -__-
    December was warmer than last June…

    You look really cute in your outfit, I love the blue shade of the skirt. It's so fresh together with the leopard print!

    • May 4, 2016 / 12:12 pm

      Ha, fair point! I can't really complain as at least it's still above zero…

  10. May 3, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    Blue, white and leopard – what a fabulous combination! Your skirt looks really beautiful. Kx

    • May 4, 2016 / 12:12 pm

      Thanks, it's a classic πŸ™‚ could be worn with so much! x

  11. May 4, 2016 / 2:04 am

    I adore everything about this outfit…and that bag!

  12. May 4, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Super outfit! I'd never really looked at Sourpuss much, which is stupid for a lapsed goth into vintage. They do homewares! Ace.

    I love a good frame bag. Can't be doing with modern slouchy things; give me a bag with structure. That lepoardprint one is great.

  13. May 5, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    Such a chic look! And leopard print is definitely a neutral to my mind. I have my beady eye on the lovely edging of your blouse, simple and elegant!

  14. May 10, 2016 / 2:30 am

    This is a perfect work outfit! I am a strong believer of leopard as a neutral too so I wear it pretty often. Probably too often. That leopard bag is amazing and so is your beret. I love how the accessories add a little extra fun to a classic pencil skirt and blouse combo. This white blouse is a fantastic staple piece too. The details make it so special. I wish I had one like it!

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

  15. May 11, 2016 / 10:34 am

    SUCH a fantastic look Cici ~ I really do love every element to it ~ though I think that sweet blouse {which has instantly gone on my wish list, naturally!! Haha!} and the leopard print bag are really the tops! Somehow everything coordinates beautifully, and I haven't even mentioned how much I love your shoes… By the way ~ I realllllyyyy love those shoes!! I am sorry to hear about the weather being such a pain, I hope it clears up for you soon and brings loads of spring flowers your way. πŸ˜€ ❀

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  16. May 11, 2016 / 11:16 am

    I adore this look.
    You are beautiful !
    (same thought about Sourpuss Clothing, I should have a look…)

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