Transition Style: Sleeveless Cowl-Neck Top + Leopard Block Heel Pumps

It continues to feel like the dead of summer here in PA, so I decided rather than fight it, I should just dress appropriately. I picked up this sleeveless cowl neck top at Banana Republic a few weeks ago, and I’m not sure why I haven’t worn it yet. It’s going to be on serious repeat here for the next few weeks.

I like how the color is a nod to fall, but the sleeveless style keeps you cool on warm days. I wore it all day Wednesday, after this shoot, and I was cool and comfortable despite the 80-degree temperatures.

The material is a sandwash modal blend, so it has a silky feel to it with added softness, and it drapes really nicely. It has a slightly curved hemline, so you can wear it untucked or front-tucked. I actually like it untucked as well, but I front-tucked it for these pictures. For size reference, I’m wearing the small.

I paired this top with my favorite AG black jeans, and then I added block heeled leopard pumps for pattern and texture.

I purchased these jeans from Amazon, but there’s a version of them available at most department stores, so depending on current promotions and which rewards programs you are loyal to, you can find them almost anywhere. Right now Nordstrom has this pair 25% off.

I’ve been eyeing these pumps all summer, and I finally snagged them during the Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale last weekend. They aren’t on sale anymore, but they do qualify for the $20 gift card offer they have running right now.

I’m really pleased with the comfort level, even for a pointy toe, and the block heel is on trend right now, plus it’s under 3 inches, so a lot more comfortable than most heels but still gives you some height.

When the weather cools down… if the weather ever cools down, I’ll throw my leather jacket on top.

I also wore my black thermal draped cardigan over it yesterday to go to my MRI appointment, and that worked out well too. (I wore leopard flats, not pumps, in case you were wondering! In fact, I wore blue jeans too. You can see that look sans cardigan on my Instagram.)

Here’s a close-up of my jacket, although it’s no longer available, unfortunately. I love that it has a moto vibe but with a regular front-zip. This one is similar and on sale.

You can see how misty it was the morning we shot this look! It had been raining off and on all morning. The weather has been so weird lately, but anyway!

I also wanted to mention this bag. I’ve carried it a few times already, but it’s a really cute piece for under $50. The ring detail is trendy, but I don’t mind spending $50 on a trendy bag, and I think it looks nicer than that. It’s nice versatile size — big enough for everyday, but not too big to carry when you’re going out to dinner.

cowl neck top // black AG legging ankle jeans (also at SaksBloomies, or Nordstrom; or here’s a budget option) // leopard pumps at Bloomies, Nordstrom, or Zappo’s (budget option) // similar leather jacket // circle handle tote // earrings // necklace

photo credit: Alison Cornell

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