Credit for these three looks that pair up leopard pants with a little black jacket doesn’t rest with me alone. My initial inspiration came by way of a post that Andrea of Living On Cloud Nine published a couple of weeks ago. In that post, Andrea had re-created a look much like the last one in this post from an image she had pinned on Pinterest. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then I sincerely hope that Andrea is flattered.
Andrea’s blog post couldn’t have been published at a more opportune time for me. On the day that I saw the post, I had worn a rather nondescript outfit to work that might have been a little bit on the frumpy side. At least that was how I felt when two women I know at work stepped into the elevator I was already on to ride up to our respective floors. My outfit of black pull-on pants, loose fitting white blouse, and floral cardigan paled in comparison to their smartly tailored and neutral-toned ensembles. Fine, whatever.
In an upcoming post, I will share more about that day and the revelation brought about by Andrea’s look. Perhaps this is like putting the cart before the horse but today’s post will stick with just showcasing three looks based on the pairing of my leopard pants and a little black jacket.
Dressed Up For Work
In Up Down All-Around, I usually share my work look first so that is what you see below. As I’ve already indicated, the common thread (snicker) with all three looks is not just leopard pants but a black jacket as well. And while the inspiration look would be fine for the office as well, I think that pairing the duo with a black top and black shoes adds a fierceness to the outfit that is sometimes a necessary armor in the workplace.
Black Jacket With Military Details – Loft Outlet, bought last Black Friday (similar look, another option)
Leopard Print Pants – Old Navy Harper style, bought last year (similar look, another option)
Peplum Top – Style & Co, bought last year (very similar)
Black Suede T-Strap Pumps – Franco Sarto, old (similar look, another option)
Tote – Sondra Roberts, Marshalls (similar look, another option)
Rounding out this look are my black suede t-strap pumps and my black work tote, both of which have appeared in previous posts. My necklace is a round medallion pendant with tassel and I repeated the circle motif with my bracelet.
Dressed Down For Play
Denim and chambray pair so beautifully with animal prints that it was a natural choice for me to opt for this combination in a look for knocking around on the weekend. I actually wore the pants, top, and shoes with a lightweight puffed jacket a couple of weeks ago when The Husband and I went to nighttime arts and music festival in Downtown LA.
I did a single fold-up of the hem of the pants to make the look a bit more casual and to show off a bit more ankle. In keeping with the casual look, the sleeve cuffs of the top were left unbuttoned and rolled up over the rolled cuffs of the jacket.
Dressed For Fun
For my spin on the inspiration look, I used an ivory tank with an embroidered edging and mocassin style red pumps that I’ve had for nearly 10 years. As soon as I saw the outfit in Andrea’s post, I knew I had all of the pieces I needed to re-create it and then the creative juices started to flow which led to the two other looks.
As in the inspiration photo, I’ve rolled the hem of my pants twice so that the underside of the fabric is exposed which is in keeping with current trends. Like in the previous two looks, the top I’m wearing is longer than the jacket so the edging detail can be seen in the back as well as the front.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s post is coincidently another Andrea. This blogger is a long-time contributor to my link up and the creative force behind Andrea’s Wellness Notes. Look how beautifully Andrea has re-imagined her dark floral dress by adding a pull-over sweater and black leather jacket. Perhaps I’ve found another inspiration look to re-create.
Is there a word that describes a second-hand inspiration? Or is that the definition of a trend? When a topic or concept is trending, it’s said to be the subject of many posts on a social media website within a short period of time but is it the same with fashion? Where do your inspirations come from?
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