Trend/Pearshape Solution: Wearing Leopard for Spring

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Kohl’s sweater (years old but love this one), H&M Skirt (old, similar), Target belt, Sam Edelman shoes

We are back with another Trend/Pearshape Solution post! This time: Leopard! I thought this series would be more fun and informative by partnering with other fabulous bloggers with different body types, and showing how they style the same fashion trend. A little contrast and different inspiration is fun right? For this post i’m partnering with Amy of Leopard & Lillies to showcase how her super tall, lean figure styles leopard versus how I choose to wear the print. Read on for some pearshape inspiration and be sure to pop over to Amy’s blog to see her take on the trend.

*In other news, thank you so much for your kind words about our move! We found an apartment this weekend and will be sharing pictures later this week.

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If i’m being completely honest, i’ve never been comfortable in leopard print. Either I never knew how to style it to be office appropriate, or I felt it was too flashy for everyday wear, especially in warmer weather. A few weeks ago I branched out and wore this cardigan to work and got so many compliments, I thought I would take a stab at styling it for warmer weather.

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For me the key here was to pair two complimentary prints, and keep one print larger than the other: in this case the leopard is larger than the floral. The browns in the cardigan pick up the colors in the skirt, and when paired with neutral heels and basic accessories it becomes a very cohesive outfit. For pearshapes, wearing leopard can be tricky in many clothing styles. Leopard pants? Not so much. Leopard coat? May make us appear larger. Opting for a fitted cardigan with a plunging neckline brings an already flattering silhouette to a print otherwise untapped.

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Other leopard pieces i’m loving: Leopard flats (I’m still looking for the perfect pointy toe pair to add to my collection), scarf, and if you’re really daring: leopard skirt

Alteration story: creating “boyfriend” jeans

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Equipment sweater, LOFT jeans (very old), Sam Edelman heels, Gilt + vintage necklaces

You may remember these jeans from this post. I blogged about styling boyfriend jeans and what accessories I used to make them flattering. I still love a good boyfriend jean but these particular jeans became about 2 sizes too big after some recent weight loss, and were beyond “boyfriend” style. My actual boyfriend went so far as to call them my “saggy butt jeans”… Time to get them altered I say!

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Fun fact about these jeans is that they aren’t actually boyfriend jeans. I bought them nearly 4 years ago at LOFT and at the time they fit me snugly. Over time I have lost some weight and they became looser (like the last time I posted about them) and now just unwearable. I took them to my trusty tailor to have a few inches taken in on each side. I didn’t want to lose the slouchy nature of the jean, but wanted them to sit on my hips without falling.

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As you can see above, the tailor did a fine job of making them fit my waist but now I am left with some funny fit/bunching in the croch area. The fly is a button fly and therefore inherently creates bulkiness, but by taking in the waist and not the front area, the entire pant fits fine except for the area around the front pockets. I look like a kangaroo with a pouch of sorts.

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If I wear a long enough top (like this Equipment sweater which was a total splurge but I loooove it), I can kind of make these jeans work. But honestly, after 4-5 years of owning them, $10 bucks in alterations, I think its time to give them up and look for actual boyfriend jeans.

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Lesson learned: try as I might, not everything can be altered to fit.

Remixing H&M chunky knits with Anthropologie classics + vintage Chanel

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H&M sweater (current), Anthropologie dress (similar), vintage Chanel flats, Kendra Scott bib (similar)

I bought this dress in college and at the time, it was one of the most expensive purchases i’d ever made. Plus, the tight fit and short length made it completely out of my comfort zone, and began my pushing boundaries of fashion for my bodytype. Now, it is one of my favorite pieces for Fall or Spring and I love mixing and matching it with beloved new pieces. I paired it with my H&M chunky knit sweater for a fun remix on this classic sweater.

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A bold lip and a gold bauble to punch up this outfit even more.

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I chose to remix this sweater with a tighter silhouette on the bottom to balance out the heaviness of the top. I love the look of tone on tone and added these gold vintage Chanel flats for a monochrome look of sorts. The gold bib and poppy lip draw the eye upward.

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What do you think of a chunky sweater on top with a tighter silhouette? Do you remix your dresses like this?

The wrap top + my new favorite hair tool

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Andrew Marc leather jacket (similar), Ann Taylor wrap top (similar), Levi’s Supreme curve jeans, Nordstrom flats (love these)

I never embraced the wrap trend. Don’t get me wrong, DVF’s iconic dress is something I would kill to have in my closet, but I never really had the desire to shell out the money for such an item. Frankly, I never saw the appeal of the wrap and never thought it particularly flattering, until recently. A few weeks ago I popped into Ann Taylor and browsed the clearance section as I sometimes do. Out jumped one of my favorite colors: royal blue. I took this blouse into the dressing room and tried it on, and surprisingly the “faux” wrap look was flattering. I loved the metal detail, the draped fabric, and the low neckline. And after seeing Taylor in a wrap dress (a fellow pear!) I might just have to pop into my local Old Navy and get her same dress, that is until the DVF stunner becomes mine.

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A little wrinkled from a day of sitting but still a great piece at an amazing price.

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On an unrelated note, I found a hair tool that has become a new favorite: the clipless curling iron. I have this one and I love what it does to my hair. I let my hair naturally air dry, brush it out so it gets all nice and frizzy, and take sections and curl straight onto it. This is the result. Pretty snazzy huh?!

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I’m thinking of doing a full tutorial on it soon. Comment if you’d like to see it!

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