My winter outfit choices are limited as I have lived in Florida for many years. But now that I spend several months in New England, including the late fall, I had to come up with creative ways to stretch what I do have. Now that I’ve opened my mind to it, I found that mixing patterns can be a great way to get more mileage out of a limited wardrobe.
The outfit in this post was inspired by one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Jess from Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, where she did a fabulous job of pairing leopard print with lace pieces.
It’s been pretty chilly up here in the Boston area. We even had a snow storm a few nights ago. First time I’ve driven in snow in about 30 years! And, yes, it was definitely no fun, just as I remembered it from when I lived up here many, many moons ago.
But staying up here this late means I get a chance to break out my 1960s faux leopard coat. The poor thing never sees the light of day down in Florida.
I needed an outfit that would work for dinners out with the husband. Usually I would have immediately gone for solid black to wear with the leopard coat since it’s 3/4 length, so anything worn beneath it was going to show. But if the coat was going to get more wear, I had to think outside the box. Inspired by Jess’s post, I started out with a black and gray lacy print knit pencil skirt I had purchased a few years ago from Anthropologie, added floral lace patterned tights, my 1950s red cashmere cardigan and a vintage red silk chiffon scarf that has a black lace print on it.
In my vintage jewelry stash I even found some 6os leopard print clip on earrings! And, of course, I had to wear a vintage brooch on the sweater.
To add another pop of color, I wore my green suede Faryl Robin 40s inspired peep toe pumps, Relic purse and a 1950s wool felt pixie hat.
I think the key to getting mixed prints to look classy instead of clashy is to make sure you keep them in similar or complementary color families and patterns. Leopard prints are intriguing, being both very noticeable AND neutral, which pretty much means there’s a lot of options for mixing it with other prints and colors.
Do you incorporate leopard into your wardrobe? Do you mix it with other patterns?
Till next time…….
Jess/Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday