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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Leopard Lessons

 
 
 
 
 
Dress: Old Navy | Shoes: Express (similar) | Belt: Target | Necklace: Old | Bracelets: Forever 21

 Leopard, oh how I love thee! 

A handful of my girlfriends are probably laughing at this right now because 
it is an ongoing joke between us when it comes to me and leopard. 

Let's just say, I am was "that" girl. 

That girl that may or may not have worn a leopard top with matching leopard pants. 
I may or may not have pictures to prove it. 
It may or may not show up on the blog one day.

Enough about that, back to leopard.

It's back (did it ever leave), it's everywhere and I couldn't be happier. 

In my humble opinion, leopard is a print that is timeless. 
Disagree? I am ready for a friendly debate.

If styled in small doses, you won't look like a modern day Peg Bundy or 
a cast member of Jersey Shores. Promise. 

This is one print that can turn out all kinds of WRONG and 
the reason so many women steer clear of it.

Here are a three tips to keep in mind when shopping or wearing leopard:

Don't mix with other patterns or other leopard. It's a stand alone print.
Keep accessories to a minimum and pair with solid colors.
Keep it simple and make it your statement piece.

So, are you a leopard friend or foe?
Any pieces you are lusting over this season? 
I have a few more items on my wish list.

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82 comments:

Danavee said...

Friend! Love it!

Karen said...

Love it!

Sheena Rae said...

CUTE! I need that dress!!! Black tights, scarf, and tan boots?! WOOHOO!

meghan said...

Super cute! Love this dress and the way you accessorized it. I think that's what makes it! I need to head to Old Navy.

Katie said...

I am a leopard friend! I just need more of it! this dress is adorable on you!

still being [molly] said...

AH THIS IS SO CUTE! i love everything! The dress! shoes! necklace! I LOVE IT ALL!!!

Melody said...

Definitely friend! I was lusting over a pair of leopard flats and I finally bought myself a pair. You look super cute! I really like that you paired it with red shoes.

preethi said...

LOVE the leopard paired with the red. So cute. Am a new follower!

preethi
lace, etc.

Courtney said...

Always a fan of leopard! Looks so adorable with pops of red. Love it:)

Katherine Diane said...

I am not very bold when it comes to my outfit choices, so I tend to stay away from animal prints... But, I am starting to add in a little bit here and there and I think this dress is adorable!

Amy Shaughnessy said...

Love the dress! I think I might look for a skirt or maybe some shoes this fall...

Amy


Fashion and Beauty Finds

Sandy a la Mode said...

red and leopard are such an awesome combo!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Kimberly said...

I love that dress!

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

Hello Gorgeous! I am a leopard friend! Even though I don't have much of it in my closet.. yet... :) Well done Old Navy. How come when I go in there I can't find anything?

Christina @My Life, Laughs, and Love said...

I love YOU + leopard but me? not so much - I love the print but I'm a simpleton & just don't think I have the swag to pull it off quite like you do ;) Good looks, lady!

Jess said...

Right now I am leopard obsessed. This dress is great on you. Love the necklace with a pop of color.

Hallie said...

Loveee!
Definitely will be buying this dress today! :):)

Morgan @ xoxo, me said...

Love leopard, and I agree - it doesn't go out of style so long as it's styled correctly! The tips you gave are spot on. It is a busy print, so it's best to keep it pretty basic everywhere else!

Tara St said...

Love this dress and great tips! I have leopard flats that I wear with everything. Leopard is a neutral to me...haha.

Tara
Penniless Socialite

the domestic fringe said...

Love the dress and I love how you styled it. Looks lovely on you.

Visiting from The Pleated Poppy...
~FringeGirl

thedomesticfringe.com

Head to Toe Chic said...

Oh how I love leopard!! This dress is perfect on you and I'm obsessed with your shoes!

Xo,
Angela

Shannon @ Bungalow960 said...

Alright alright alright. I AM OBSESSED WITH THAT DRESS. If only I hadn't been banned from all things animal print in our house...

Samantha Tananbaum said...

That dress looks great on you! The red accessories stand out beautifully against the bold pattern. Love it!

xo
Sam

Always Maylee said...

I love the leopard dress on you Shanna! The accessories you used are perfect. And I agree, leopard is like a neutral, and neutrals are timeless. There! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

TaraMixandMatch said...

That leopard dress is all kinds of awesome!

Sabrina said...

Ok,I never wear animal prints because I don´t like them on me.And they really tend to look ....... !But you look so classy and chic and the red goes really well with that print!All thumbs up!xx

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

My sister is a HUGE leopard girl! She has always loved the print and now that she works for a school who's mascot is the leopards... well, let's just say she loves having the excuse to wear at least something leopard nearly every day! ;) She'd love your dress to pieces! :)

Hilary said...

Aw, so CUTE! Can't believe how well the necklace and shoes match!

whitneyfreeman said...

I just ordered this dress! I think it's a great take on Leopard! and I love the red with it!

Raquel said...

Love love looove this outfit! The red and leopard go so well together!

Averi said...

you are so cute!! i'm so glad i found your blog!! i love it!

Melissa said...

Absolutely love it! :)

<3 Melissa

pretty little things said...

leopard and red look so great together -- and look fabulous on you! xo

http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

Sylvia said...

Oh my gosh...this is just way too cute! I love leopard print and red together. You look amazing!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

You are so pretty!!! The dress is nice though too :-)

Sheree said...

Saw the print and knew I had to stop by..LOVE IT..but I disagree with the pattern mixing..you can definitely do it if done right! a smaller print not one as bold as this!
Sheree xxx
www.itsnotthatdeep.com

Anne said...

Love the dress! I tend to pair leopard with solids too, and it looks great with so many colors - so fabulous with your red; I also love it with the turquoise necklace I wore in my statement necklace post...

Makaila said...

AGREED 100%. Leapord is timeless and classic. Love the red accessories you paired, lookin' Lovely mama!

Maca said...

This is a great dress and I love the red accents!

Landi {Freckled Confessions} said...

1) I'm so envious of all the comment you get on blog posts by 10am. 2) You look hot in leopard, momma!! Love that you paired it with a pop of color in the necklace and shoes :)

TheTinyHeart said...

Really adorable dress, Shanna! I have a co-worker that wears head to toe leopard, FYI. I'd love to take a photo. :) I feel like you can mix leopard with other prints if it's done in small does, like a leopard belt or leopard flats.

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
Enter my jewelry giveaway!

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

Adorable!!! Leopard looks good on you!! :)

Niki said...

You are hilarious! And I like Peg Bundy! Plus you are gorgeous and you could wear a dress made of dishtowels and look amazing. I love the pop of color with the leopard!

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

As long as you don't chase down your prey for dinner I am all for you and this cat species look. You look gorgeous!

Ashley K said...

I agree leopard goes with everything and can do no wrong!

Melanie said...

Love me some leopard. Glad it's back...even though I'm like you; I didn't know it left!

Tunde said...

The Dress looks great on you!! I'm all for leopard prints! Love it! :)

Andrea {blonde ambitions} said...

I love your leopard!! One of my favorites of yours! I think it looks great with the red accessories & on you!

Cathy said...

I am such a leopard print girl and I absolutely love it mixed with red, so I am adoring this look on you! Perfect, girl!

http://cstyledesign.blogspot.com

Mia Maree said...

I am so crazy about this dress!

Ashley said...

You better work that leopard!!! I'm glad you were 'that' girl! :-)

I just might have to get this dress...and you just might see it on my blog sometime soon!

smalltownbigwardrobe said...

I love leopard! It's reached neutral status for me - I think it goes great with so much (but red is a special favorite like you're wearing!). You look fabulous!!

Blue Dog Belle said...

Love. Love. Love this. Leopard and red? My two favorite things!

xo, Emily
bluedogbelle.blogspot.com

Berty Morales said...

Super cute and you look amazing. Love the dress, necklace and shoes! Great post xoxoxox

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

I had to have a leopard intervention with my little sister. More than once, actually.

dani said...

I am leopard-obsessed, too!
But truth be told, I mix leopard with other prints, in small doses! Leopard shoes or a leopard belt can totally go with another print - I promise! ;)

Now... I need this dress!

<3 The Daily Dani

Caitlin C. said...

I. Am. Obsessed. With. Your. Dress. Leopard NEVER goes out of fashion, in my opinion, but I'm so glad it's considered "trendy" again. I need this dress ASAP!

JKT said...

Leopard friend FOR SURE. It's one of my most favorite things. This dress is to die for! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! You look beautiful, as always!!

Lindsey A. Turner said...

cute dress! I think i have the same one in yellow which I like a lot but I like it even better in leopard! Love the way you styled it too!

Lindsey
http://thriftandshout.blogspot.com

Kelly { MessyDirtyHair } said...

i love this dress on you & i am not a fan of leopard at all! but im loving this red with the dress. seriously you can pull off anything!

A J said...

teehee! I can't wait to see the leopard-on-leopard pics! This dress is fab, too. :-)

-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

Chioma said...

this dress is so cute! and you styled it perfectly with that red! gosh ON has been on it this year!

Chioma
C’s Evolution of Style

Just Another Shopaholic said...

Leopard print is stunning on you!! I really love the shoes you paired with it.

Taylor Morgan said...

Very cute dress! :)

xoxo,
Taylor

taylormorgandesign.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

I love everything about that outfit!! You look great! :) I saw some shoes similar to those at payless this weekend too...I may have to go back and get them now.

Ania said...

Very cute, I love the way the accessories make the outfit pop.

The Pink Growl said...

GRRRR baby you look amazing! You can never go wrong with animal prints + gold in my eyes!

Dana @ five30three said...

Love it, yet don't own any leopard. Except maybe a scarf somewhere.

And I may be the only other person old enough in these parts to get the Peg Bundy reference! Loved it.

Kristin said...

Adorbs!!!! I'm so a fellow leopard friend. You can't go wrong with a leopard dress! Love that you paired your dress with hints of red.. such a perfect combo! xoxoxo

Katherine said...

Great dress and necklace! Followed you from Marion's link up. I'm your newest follower.
Katherine
www.jagstyleblog.com

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

i love leopard and I wore it all the time when i was younger...in both brown and grey...had/have shoes and shirts and i just recently bought a skirt. My favorite print!! ANd with that being said you look GORGEOUS!!!!

Jeans and a Teacup said...

I've always been scared of leopard. I just thought it looked really tacky. But they blogging world has convinced me that it's chic! haha... So I started small with some shoes and a belt and now I own my first leopard blouse! Aren't you proud?!
I saw that dress at ON today and thought it was really cute!
~Jessica
http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

i think leopard is timeless - but definitely styled right! my first thought at your pictures was 'leopard and red - THE classic combo!' it looks great on you and pairing it with the red accessories was just a great choice for timelessness

<3 katherine
of corgis and cocktails

Emily said...

So in love with that dress!!

creamyclothes.blogpsot.com

Kacie said...

I having been dying for a pair of shoes just like yours in navy! Love the dress too!

www.daisyraeboutique.com
www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I JUST bought a bunch of stuff on OldNavy.com and totally knew where that dress was from as soon as I saw it :)

I can't buy dresses online becuase I need to try them on, otherwise it'd be in my "cart". You look awesome!

@jackiegiardina said...

leopard & red is my favorite combo!

xo Jackie
...livingaftermidnite

Laura said...

i'm a leopard fan in small doses , like my loafers--- but you rock that dress lady!

Marion Green said...

First off, love this whole look. I'm not sure I've seen red played in with leopard this way and it's just gorgeous. Second, leopard IS a neutral in my opinion. I think every well-dressed woman should have a little of it in their closet :)
Thanks for linking up Shanna!
XO - Marion

Tashia said...

Totally wearing this dress on my blog today. I chose red and neutral accessories too:)I can't wait to see all the ways we style it this fall!

MissRockwell said...

I'm definitely a friend of leopard. It's almost like a neutral color for me-it can be worn with anything-as long as it's in small doses like you said!

http://thriftyandshameless.blogspot.com

Sherry said...

You are gorgeous and I love absolutely everything about this look. That color is amazing with leopard print.

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