With leopard and sparkle on the agenda you might wonder how I could dress my outfit down. I should put this in perspective. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a wine tasting at ROAD Apparel. So both my outfit ideas were for a Saturday evening event. I do think they’d both work for day too, with a couple of minor adjustments.
I knew for certain that I’d be wearing my silky cowl-neck top with a sparkly cardigan. The sparkles say fancy but the cut of the sweater says casual. Seattle is known as a casual city but for a Saturday night event, I didn’t want to under dress. This was my compromise.
First, I tried on wide-legged pants and leopard ballet flats.
Cardigan: Old Navy
Pants: People Love Frank via thrifted
Necklace: Mary Kay
Cuff: Lauren Harkness
Just to mix things up, I swapped the pants for a denim pencil skirt and traded the flats for heels.
Shoes: Two Lips
Which outfit do you prefer? I ended up going with: The skirt!
The shape (pencil) was dressy and the fabric (denim) was casual. I felt like I was ready for any occasion in this outfit. I love this brand too. It’s a line of handmade clothing by Alice Dobson, a Portland designer. I try to support small businesses whenever I can. The gorgeous hammered copper cuff by Lauren Harkness is another example of an independent designer. I bought both items recently at an event called Thread.
I threw on a jacket I’d thrifted at Goodwill and I was set.
Jacket: Tahari via Goodwill
To dress these items down more, I’d change the skirt for dark jeans and keep the heels. These looks are probably fine for day, but a simple white t-shirt would be a good substitute for the silky blouse.
I’mentering this post in the Everybody, Everywear challenge since it meets this month’s requirements: sequins and sparkles.
6 responses to “Dress Up, Dress Down: Leopard and Sparkle”
I love the leopard shoes! They are really big this season!
Great work outfit, love the heels! Jen xoxo http://mystylisticlife.wordpress.com
Thanks! I got those shoes online and adored the pattern. I wasn’t sure if they’d work, but they did! And they have a rubber sole so no spills for me!
Cute. You’ve inspired me to try to find the denim pencil skirt I have but still have yet to wear. (Granted I have no leopard but still.)
I have been dying for a pair of leopard print pumps and yours are kind of perfect!
Thanks! I kept shopping for the perfect pair — it was harder than I thought. I ordered these online and almost sent them back (too high; too pricy), but I thought I’d regret it if I did that!