My Favorite Way to Wear Camel

Last week, I started a series on 5 Ways to Wear a Camel Turtleneck, and today I’ve got the second look ready to share with you.

I talk a lot about outfit formulas, and this is one of my favorites when it comes to camel because it’s virtually fool-proof: camel sweater + black jeans + animal print shoes. Top it off with a black jacket, add a few key accessories, and you’ve got a look that is chic and elevated and also very practical.

Last week I used this formula to create a classy winter work wear look. This is a more casual version that I would wear for a winter date night, lunch with a friend, or maybe even the mall if I was feeling a little bit sassy!

Hey, these days, I’ll take any chance I can get to wear cute clothes.

This is the Halogen cashmere turtleneck sweater from Nordstrom. It’s a great price right now, but sizes are finally starting to get depleted. Of course, there are lots of other options out there, and I’ll talk about a few of them below.

I paired it with my black Good American skinny jeans, which are also starting to sell out. It’s that time of year! If you’re in need of a pair, Wit & Wisdom makes a good pair of black ankle skinny jeans for under $100 that are fully stocked.

I wore snake print pumps with my work wear look, so this time I went with leopard flats to pull it all together.

Leopard print got super trendy a couple of years ago, and now it seems like python and other animal prints have taken center stage, but leopard print never really goes out of style. Adding an element of leopard to an outfit is chic and stylish and a great way to elevate a casual look.

And finally, I love to top off a turtleneck and jeans outfit with a leather jacket when the weather permits. I’ve lost track of when I got this one, but it’s the Bernardo brand, and I’ve been very pleased with the quality and how it has held up over the past few years. If you’re looking for something similar, you might try this one.

So yeah, that’s a cute look for when I’m out and about, but when I come inside… off goes the jacket and shoes, and on go the slippers! I love how this pair of UGGs coordinates with my outfit. #itsthelittlethings

These days, I’m much more likely to be wearing this version of the outfit, since I don’t leave the house very much right now.

You can see in this picture, why I usually layer a jacket or vest over this turtleneck, rather than wearing it alone. The drop shoulder is kind of awkward, and it makes me look bigger on top than I really am.

Otherwise, I really like this sweater, but you can try Quince or C by Bloomingdale’s if the drop shoulder is a deal breaker for you. For size reference, I wear a medium in both of those brands, but I have a small in the Halogen.

Of course, Savannah had to find us and crawl up next to me when we were taking pictures. I’m pretty certain she thinks she’s a person, not a dog.

So here’s one more shot of the full outfit. I added a belt and hoop earrings to complete the look.

I realize there’s nothing groundbreaking about black, camel, and leopard print; but it works, and I’m not quitting it.

Next time, I’m going to try styling this sweater with white jeans for fall or winter, so stay tuned for that!

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photos: Alison Cornell