Leopard Print + Plum Pants

Happy Tuesday loves! I hope you all survived your Mondays. I, for one, am happy to be one day closer to the weekend! So today I would like to talk briefly about my relationship with leopard. Before this year I didn’t own a single item in this gorgeous print. Hard to believe, right? I was a little scared that I would look silly, that it wasn’t age appropriate, and even that I would look cheap (I could only image leopard print velour clothing lined with faux fur, eek!). A lot of fear for a print right? Well I am happy to report that I am a full leopard convert. It is seriously one of my favorite prints now, and I could not possibly agree more with Jenna Lyons that leopard is a neutral. It is the perfect print to mix with any color or print and can actually add a little something special to an otherwise ordinary outfit. I now own several pair of leopard print shoes, a belt, and now this fabulous cardigan which I grabbed on sale with the cartwheel app at Target for $12, win!

 

Cardigan – Target / Chambray – Old Navy / Pants – Old Navy / Shoes – Target
Purse – Target, out online (option) / Bracelets – c/o Hawthorne Collection & Urban Peach Boutique
Necklace – Jane (original) / Nail Polish – Essie Sole Mate

 

 

 

 

Today I have paired my leopard print cardigan with plum colored cords and a chambray shirt. Since colored pants tend to be a bolder fashion choice for me, I kept my accessories neutral with black flats and bag, and simple gold and jewelry. I also broke out my darker lip colors as the temperatures began to drop last week, so I am officially using a bold lip as the finishing accessory to my outfits. This outfit is comfortable, but put-together, and is perfect for wearing to work and then transitioning to class at night.

 

 

I must admit that when this J.Crew Factory inspired piece showed up on Jane.com a few weeks ago, I was thrilled. Being on a grad student budget, I couldn’t justify spending over $60 on one necklace. Luckily the bargain site allowed me to score this gorgeous inspired piece for only $20, a mere fraction of the cost of the original, but with all of the wow factor. It seriously goes with everything and I have been wearing it pretty non-stop the last few weeks. I’m totally smitten.

 

Lastly, I want to take a moment to speak quickly about these pants (also seen here). I love colored pants and that you can flip the traditional way of associating colors and patterns with the shirt or top portion of an outfit and switch to have the pants or bottom portion of an outfit be the focus. When wearing colored bottoms, it is important to keep the top off of your outfit relatively neutral to avoid looking like a clown. Chambray and leopard are both things that I would consider neutral, to pairing them on top of a colored pant seems like a natural fit to me. If you want to get yourself a pair of these cords, they are currently an extra 30% on Old Navy’s website (promo code HOL2013)

 

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How do you wear leopard in your outfits?
How would you style colored pants?
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

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