I’m doing the 10×10 spring remix hosted by Un-Fancy and StyleBee. All this work week and next, I’ll be using 10 pieces of clothing to create 10 different outfits, using self-imposed limitations to spark some creativity. All the details – and all the clothes – here.
So Day 1. I paired my peach leopard print blouse by Forever 21 with my taupe skirt from H&M and topped it all off with my coat dress from Tahari by Arthur S. Levine. The slides are Bandolino and the cuff is by Monet; everything except my earrings and necklace (heirlooms) is thrifted.
Still trying to figure out my camera set up… so you get a few early-morning closeups in my bathroom and a few blurry front-facing phone camera selfies. Good times.
Love this button detail:
Sleeves worn long for chilly mornings:
Or rolled to get to work:
I was worried this lovely lined dress coat would be too warm for days with highs in the 80s, but man am I glad I wore it today. It was quite chilly this morning both outside and in my office when I first arrived. Good call. I wore the blouse sleeves long and rolled them up over the coat cuffs to bring a little pattern to the extremities of my outfit and make it all look a little more purposeful:
You’re welcome. Ha.
This outfit feels really “me” – classic silhouette and proportions with the subtle leopard print thrown in for a dash of interest. The coat is still a newer (to me) piece but every time I put it on I feel like Jackie O. Bam, done – call the elegance paparazzi.
If you’re doing the 10×10, how did your planning go? How’s your first outfit? Have a great Monday!
I wrote here about my love of leopard print and the search for a way to do it in more of an all-over fashion – i.e. a shirt. I postulated in that post that perhaps a sleeveless number might do the trick, thinking that less fabric = less overwhelming.
But then, on a thrifting trip at the beginning of this month, I found this number by Banana Republic Heritage:
BR’s “Heritage” label features “easy-care, natural fibers” for “sophisticated women on the go” – whatever that means. One thing it does mean is that this baby probably retailed for $80-$100+.
It has a tailored fit (signified by a numbered size instead of just S/M/L/XL); it has roll tab sleeves (my favorite!) and button tabs on the shoulders as an interesting detail; but most of all, the print is more muted, more neutral, thanks to an absence of the brassy yellow tones found in classic leopard:
I’ve already worn it several times (as you have probably noticed on Instagram) and I look forward to working this baby in all year round. The silk blend contributes to its ability to be worn hot or cold; I’m thinking it will look great with skirts, white or red pants in summer, and of course my ever-growing collection of winter corduroys.
An IG outfit outtake, because I love you.
How do you feel about this version of leopard? Scroll down to comment!
I’m sprucing up my spring capsule wardrobe and getting it ready to show you all… but in the meantime here’s a sneak peek:
Striped t-shirt from Merona in gorgeous colors with 3/4 length sleeves and a boatneck, aka everything I love in a shirt:
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