Fleet Ilya Corset Belt: Still The Dark Side Of The Force

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FleetIlya-leatherbelt-4I love a mix of hard and soft textures within an outfit.  A crisp white shirt and a soft, flowing leather jacket; a fluffy cropped Angora sweater and a sharp cashmere blend A line skirt (and so on, and so forth.)  If you haven’t got the right mixture of fabrics and textures to complete this type of look, I suggest turning to your accessories to mix things up a little.

I have several Fleet Ilya pieces in my wardrobe, with this large point cut out corset belt being my newest accessory from the brand.  A wonderfully webbed show piece – reminiscent of the armour of Batman with a modern Spiderman aesthetic – it’s a very slim fitting, waist nipping style I’ve worn in many different ways.  In summer, when wearing black, navy, or entirely ‘dark’ colours is typically frowned upon (for more of my thoughts on this topic, see here) I’ll still be aligned with the dark side of the force, but I will roll out the lighter fabrics.  Here I thought the combination of the corset belt and this flowing summer dress was a great dichotomy between textures.

Wearing: Heels, Zara. Belt: Fleet Ilya.  Dress: Bought in NYC (unknown Soho boutique, if I ever find it again I will tell you!). Nude slip: Flexees.

Photos: Beth Morton Photography

Metamorphosis

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I have always been the opinion that change is a good thing. Something is always lost, but there is much to be gained in the process of metamorphosis and transformation.

In this, my fourth year of blogging, there is a new blog design for StyleOnTheCouch that reflects the simplicity and purity I seek in my clothing. What you will see on my blog in 2014 is a little more of ‘me’ – in fashion, in lifestyle, and in the details of my life.

In December I took a break from blogging after a personal loss. It was a time to mourn as well as to rejuvenate and I travelled back to the US; to Miami for Art Basel, to Atlanta for family and to Mexico for adventure.  These photos were taken at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, a beautiful gallery providing a journey through time and across continents.  On this day I chose to wear some of my favourite pieces of the present, including my new Fleet Ilya corset belt, a Christmas gift.

I adore Fleet llya.  Their sculpted leather designs without boundaries make them intense and interesting additions to a wardrobe.  I’ll be wearing this belt again over a flowing dress for New Year’s Eve.

Welcome to my new blog, Reader.  Thank you for supporting the site to grow over the past four years and for being part of my own style adventures.  Happy New Year!

Wearing: Zara Cropped Sweater; Fleet Ilya Large Cut Out Point Corset Belt, French Connection Jumpsuit.  Clutch; Curly In The City Etsy Shop.

Photography: William Williams