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Wearing Leopard

Wearing Leopard

Leopard is one of those patterns where a little goes a long way. It’s a timeless print that remains as modern and dramatic, as it was in the 1920s. Who could forget the sultry Ann Bancroft seducing Dustin Hoffman wearing her leopard coat? Or the elegant Audrey Hepburn wearing a leopard hat in Charade with Cary Grant?

I’ve been collecting leopard accessories for over 30 years. It always feels sophisticated and adds a touch of edginess to every outfit.

This is my favorite  Leopard clutch by Claire V. The size is perfect to tuck into a tote so it’s great for daytime or evening. Orange is not my best color, but I don’t wear it near my face, so it works.

Claire V leopard clutch

I like a leopard print to have texture. I do have one silk blouse in a leopard print, but it’s not my favorite.

Leopard Handbag from Chico's

This leopard bag from Chico’s has a chain shoulder strap I use if I need to be hands-free

wearing Leopard flats with denim and a classic white shirtI wear these Leopard flats by Sam Edelman often enough to think I should buy a second pair. They’re perfect to dress up a simple white shirt and blue jeans.

wearing Leopard belt on simple jeans

This leopard belt is ancient, and fun to accent simple outfits. (similar)

Leopard is available at all price points. That said, avoid cheap fabric or poor workmanship. Loose threads and stiff fabrics are out for me.

I spotted this Claire V Simple Tote during my trip to Canada last summer and fell in love. I found it on super sale 2 weeks ago and it’s now the newest addition to my collection.Claire V Simple Tote in leopard

Do you have a favorite type of leopard?

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

 

 

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31 Comments

  1. October 24, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    I own nothing in the leopard print…it is a great print and I can see why you are attracted to it! The belt and bag are fun touches.

  2. October 24, 2016 / 6:32 am

    I like the accent pieces of leopard too. Love the new purse!

  3. Terri
    October 23, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Jennifer, I love your style! There is something I would like to mention and that is most of gals over 50 or 60 are in no place to afford some of the items you mention. My husband and I are nearing retirement and I would feel so selfish in spending $200 or $300 on a clutch. Am I missing out on where to find bargains? Keep up the good work!

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2016 / 5:29 pm

      Hi Terri! I understand completely what you mean. However, I do have readers that are still working and can afford many of the items I show. My goal is to share items at all price points so women can see what is available and be inspired to dress in what they love. Retirement means different things to people but we all deserve to feel fabulous with how we look. Thanks for reading.

  4. October 23, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    You have fabulous leopard accent pieces, Jennifer. I love your newest addition to your collection!

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2016 / 5:23 pm

      Thanks, Andrea, I’m really thrilled with it.

  5. October 23, 2016 / 10:44 am

    I love leopard. Your pieces are fun! I bought a faux leopard coat this fall and get all kids of compliments when I wear it. xo

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2016 / 3:01 pm

      I had a leopard swing coat years ago, I’m sorry I ever got rid of! xx

  6. Pandora
    October 23, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Leopord print, to me it’s fashion fun and timeless. However my mother, my father, my brother, long past boyfriends, boss, ex-husband and present boyfriend ALL detest leopard prints. They feel it makes a woman (or man) look cheap, not well educated or desperate. So sadly, I have one piece and never seem to enjoy it when I do wear it. Anyone else have this happen to them?

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2016 / 9:17 am

      Hi Pandora! What matters is if you like it! If it’s a quality piece you love, wear it with confidence, know it is sending that message. If we dressed ton please everyone, we would never be able to leave the house because opinions are so varied.

  7. October 23, 2016 / 8:45 am

    Love all the leopard options. I’ve been trying to add more in my wardrobe so I’ll be looking at your suggestions.

    Rena

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2016 / 9:18 am

      It’s so easy to add just a touch! I adore it.

  8. October 23, 2016 / 8:19 am

    LOVE leopard. I agree about the texture. I prefer calf hair if it is affordable. I have some leopard flats like that from Gentle Souls. I need a new pair as well. They are looking a little ragged!!

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2016 / 9:20 am

      That’s why I need to buy another pair of these flats…they are beginning to look a little ragged to me! A ragged leopard is not pretty 🙂

  9. October 23, 2016 / 6:59 am

    Here’s to leopard accents! Love the small tote that looks like an envelope. I still remember my favorite coat as an elementary school kid that was brown faux suede with a leopard collar – was sad to outgrow it. Now I’m enjoying a pair of leopard print reading glasses.

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2016 / 9:21 am

      Leopard reading glasses are a fabulous idea!! I will look for some, thanks for the suggestion, Ann.

      • October 23, 2016 / 1:04 pm

        I’ve found the best selection of readers at Michaels Stores, believe it or not! Decent quality and fun patterns.

        • Jennifer
          October 23, 2016 / 3:02 pm

          I would have never thought to look at Michaels!

  10. October 23, 2016 / 6:38 am

    It’s amazing how leopard has grown into my closet over these last couple of years! I look at it as a neutral way to spice up a basic outfit!!
    Love these!!
    jodie

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2016 / 9:22 am

      Me too! I love it.

  11. Dianne
    October 23, 2016 / 6:25 am

    Love the complete outfit. Where did you get the white tee?

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2016 / 9:24 am

      Chico’s gave it to me at a blogging convention last year. It says “Hello I’m Fabulous”

  12. June
    October 23, 2016 / 5:17 am

    Claire V Simple Tote may I ask where you found it on a super sale? I’ve been wanting a Claire V Leopard Clutch but don’t live near near any stores or malls.

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2016 / 9:26 am

      It was on a 2-day sale through ShopBop. I will post the next sale they have for you.

  13. Linda McGilvray
    October 23, 2016 / 5:16 am

    Hi, I need to let you know that when I click on any of the items you are showing, Skimlinks pops up..and they said to notify you. Other than that, I love your blog.

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2016 / 9:27 am

      I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog!! Skimlinks has a mind of its own. Today’s links should take you to shop the items.

  14. October 23, 2016 / 4:16 am

    After seeing your clutches…I want one! They add such a nice pop! Leopard accessories are the best.

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2016 / 9:00 am

      I love leopard!!

      • Lillian Plummer
        October 23, 2016 / 6:42 pm

        Rather like a touch of leopard just not too much. Great post. The belt particularly nice.

        • Jennifer
          October 23, 2016 / 9:08 pm

          I love just a touch too!

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