Leopard Print: Now & Later

Greetings, friends. I have a special treat for you today! I’m teaming up with Kay Harms from Dressed for My Day to style a leopard print top for now and later.

I actually got to meet Kay when she was in my area for work a few years ago. We met for breakfast and chatted for hours as if we were old friends. At the time, she was reading my blog, but soon after that, she started her own. It has really taken off, and a lot of you probably know her already.

If you’re here visiting from Kay’s blog, welcome! I’m a 48-year-old mom of three, retired schoolteacher, and accidental fashion blogger. I started this blog almost 15 years ago, back before blogging was a business, but I’ve enjoyed being part of the evolution of the industry. It was definitely a happy accident!

I live with my husband and kids in the suburbs of Philly, and my style is what I call casual chic. You will usually find me in jeans and a simple top, but I enjoy playing around with shoes and accessories to elevate these basic looks.

Kay and I thought it would be fun to partner up for a Now & Later style collab, and we both ended up styling a leopard print top, although I’m in a tee and she’s in a blouse. I’m also wearing the rag & bone boyfriend jeans I picked up at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

rag & bone is one of my favorite premium denim brands, and the Dre has been around for years, but I’ve never had a pair until now. I typically gravitate to skinny jeans, but I like the slim, straight fit of these boyfriend jeans for a change.

I particularly like this medium wash with subtle whiskering and fading for a broken-in look and feel. They have a 27″ inseam, and I gave them a single cuff for more of a cropped fit, which I like with ankle boots.

FYI, this style runs very big. I typically wear a 28, and I sized down to the 27 in these.

Speaking of the ankle boots, I love the details, and the low shaft makes them easy to pair with ankle-length jeans of all leg styles.

Here’s a closeup with a different pair of jeans. These booties run small; I recommend sizing up half.

On top, I wore this fun leopard print tee, which is now sold out.

I’ve found a few other options for you, though. As luck would have it, leopard tees are pretty easy to find right now. I’ll link up the other options in the shopping widget below.

Finally, I carried this fun stripe crossbody.

Unfortunately, it sold out too, but hopefully it shows how a great bag can complete an outfit — especially one as simple as jeans and a t-shirt.

I can start wearing this outfit right now, and I’ll throw on a cardigan and change out the boots for an entirely different look when it gets cold in a few months.

This open front cardigan is another #NSale purchase. It’s a luxe 100% cashmere with a relaxed shawl collar and extra-long ribbed trim on the cuffs and hem.

I don’t like it when my cardigans are too voluminous, so I sized down to an XS for a closer fit. I feel like it’s more slimming this way.

I love the length — right below the hips. It’s long enough to be cozy, but not so long as to be awkward to move around in. It’s also short enough to fit under my long puffer coat on super cold days.

I also changed my boots for this later look.

These black suede Chelsea boots with the lug sole are heavier than the taupe boots shown above, both in color and in volume. They help balance out the chunky black cardigan, and they also allow me to wear socks for added warmth.

In fact, if it was really cold, I would wear knee-socks, and un-cuff the jeans so they fall over the shaft of the boots.

Or I might leave the cuff and let the socks show. I’d need to play around with it and see which I prefer, but both are good options that would keep my legs warm.

Either way, this look will definitely take me well into fall and even winter here in PA.

Outfit Details:

I hope you enjoyed this Now & Later style collab! Be sure visit Kay and see how she styled a leopard blouse for now and later.

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photos: Alison Cornell