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Wear Now & Later: Leopard Print Blouse

August 20, 2020

Hello, and welcome to Dressed for My Day! We’ve actually had cool weather in Cincinnati recently. So it’s been fun to start styling fall pieces, especially with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale whetting our appetites for all things autumn. Today I’m pleased to join up with friend and fellow style blogger, Jo-Lynne Shane to share looks we’ve put together to wear now and later as the temps start cooling. I’m sharing a leopard print blouse styled two distinctly different ways.

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Raise your hand if you’re oh so glad that animal print hasn’t faded from fashion. ?‍♀️ Yay! Fortunately, I don’t think it ever will. And adding a little leopard print to your wardrobe is such an easy way to elevate many of your looks, especially when you add it in a versatile piece like this Vince Camuto sleeveless v-neck blouse.

Vince Camuto Leopard Print Blouse
Vince Camuto sleeveless v-neck blouse

The leopard print v-neck blouse runs a bit large, so I sized down to a small. By the way, I’m 5’8″, weigh about 155 and usually wear an 8 or medium. I purchased the blouse in the spring, but it’s under $30 in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The v-neck blouse has such a lovely drape and will work wonderfully under blazers and cardigans or by itself.

Psst! Everyone – including non-cardholders – can shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale now!

Styled to Wear Now

For a true wear-now summer look, I simply paired the leopard print v-neck blouse with my favorite dressy white shorts. These are almost sold out, but they’re on sale, too. I appreciate that these 4.5″ inseam white shorts have just a touch of spandex for comfort and polish.

Wear Now Leopard Print Blouse
Vince Camuto sleeveless v-neck blouse // white shorts (TTS) // Liya slide sandals // Levi’s denim trucker jacket // Tory Burch hobo shoulder bag (more economical option) // Halogen teardrop brushed earrings // necklace no longer available (comparable substitute) // Argento Vivo Moon & Star Studs // white bangle

To make the outfit date-night ready, I wore my sand suede slide sandals. Purchased in the NSale, these easy to wear slides are 40%. The Liya slide sandals run true to size and they’re available in eight other colors, patterns and textures.

Wear Now Leopard Print Shirt

Of course, you could also wear flat sandals with this look. But I especially love the silhouette created by a nude toned shoe. I also carried my nude toned Tory Burch hobo shoulder bag, but that color doesn’t seem to be available anymore. Also, here’s a more economical option.

with Levi's Denim Jacket

Because I always like to have a sweater or jacket handy, especially when dining in a restaurant, I added my Levi’s denim trucker jacket. You can’t go wrong pairing leopard print with a denim jacket!

Styled to Wear Later

Now let’s check out how I’ve styled this simple leopard print sleeveless v-neck blouse to wear later. It’s no surprise that most everything in this outfit is from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. And fortunately, most all of it is still available (as I type this post!).

Wear Later Leopard Print Blouse
leopard print sleeveless v-neck blouse // Rag & Bone Cate skinny jeans // drape collar knit blazer in burgundy beet (size down) // Halogen teardrop brushed earrings // Argento Vivo Moon & Star Studs // necklace no longer available (comparable substitute) // Tory Burch McGraw hobo shoulder bag // Steve Madden sand suede mules

For my early fall look, I paired the leopard print sleeveless v-neck blouse with these modern looking Rag & Bone Cate skinny jeans. I especially like that these mid-rise jeans (10″ front rise; 15″ back rise) have just 2% spandex for a more true denim feel and wear, with just the right amount of stretch. I also appreciate the mild distressing and singular rip – just enough to make them modern, but not so much as to make this 56-year-old gal look like she’s trying too hard. Hahaha!

Drape Collar Knit Blazer
leopard print sleeveless v-neck blouse // Rag & Bone Cate skinny jeans // drape collar knit blazer in burgundy beet (size down) // Halogen teardrop brushed earrings // Argento Vivo Moon & Star Studs // necklace no longer available (comparable substitute) // Tory Burch McGraw hobo shoulder bag // Steve Madden sand suede mules

I’m wearing my TTS 30 in the Rag & Bone Cate skinny jeans. They have a 30″ inseam, so I’m considering cutting off an inch or two for more of an ankle jean length.

While I love the quality of these jeans, I found some nice lower priced denim in the NSale, too. I’d recommend these Wit & Wisdom jeans for a similar fit and style. They seem to be fully stocked, too!

Even though the leopard print blouse is the central character in this post, I really think this burgundy beet drape collar knit blazer steals the show in this “wear later” outfit. This knit blazer was an unexpected favorite from my NSale purchases. It’s soft to the touch, extremely comfortable, features a beautifully feminine silhouette and will be so versatile for this work from home gal.

dape collar blazer
leopard print sleeveless v-neck blouse // Rag & Bone Cate skinny jeans // drape collar knit blazer in burgundy beet (size down) // Halogen teardrop brushed earrings // Argento Vivo Moon & Star Studs // necklace no longer available (comparable substitute) // Tory Burch McGraw hobo shoulder bag // Steve Madden sand suede mules

By the way, the drape collar knit blazer is really more of a deep red than my photos are indicating. The color portrayed on the website is more accurate.

The drape collar knit blazer comes in navy, black, yellow and olive camo, too. I’d ordered the navy in a medium, but sent it back for this berry red color in a small. I think this is a much improved fit, so definitely consider sizing down. The drape collar knit blazer seems to be well stocked still. Shoot, order two!

Psst! If you were hoping to lay your hands on one of the much acclaimed Gibson Notch Collar blazers, but missed out, this drape collar knit blazer is a sweet alternative!

Halogen teardrop brushed earrings // Argento Vivo Moon & Star Studs

I wore most of the same jewelry in both looks. Unfortunately my chain link necklace is sold out, but this Kendra Scott charm bar necklace, also in the NSale,is a great substitute and worth checking out. My Halogen teardrop brushed earrings are not part of the sale, but are a sweet price already, especially considering how frequently I wear these. They’re also available in rhodium silver. I’m also wearing my Argento Vivo Moon & Star Studs.

Steve Madden sand suede mules (size up 1/2 size; no longer available in this color, but in other colors and patterns)

My Steve Madden sand suede mules are no longer available in this shade of suede, but they do still have sizes available in other colors and patterns, last I checked. Unlike most mules, these actually stay on my feet nicely when I walk. I don’t have to think about them at all. Come to think of it, these are the only mules I’ve ever been able to wear well. I really wish they had the leopard print mules in my size!

By the way, you might check these mules if you don’t luck out with the Steve Maddens.

Leopard Print Blouse Now and Later
leopard print sleeveless v-neck blouse // Rag & Bone Cate skinny jeans // drape collar knit blazer in burgundy beet (size down) // Halogen teardrop brushed earrings // Argento Vivo Moon & Star Studs // necklace no longer available (comparable substitute) // Tory Burch McGraw hobo shoulder bag // Steve Madden sand suede mules

Thank you so much for stopping in today to check out my wear now and later looks. If you have any questions about anything I’ve shown here, please let me know in the comments. PLUS I have a shopping widget below filled with all the items in today’s post.

Be sure to visit Jo-Lynne…

Now don’t forget to swing over and check out Jo-Lynne’s wear now and later styles. Jo-Lynne is a 40+, seasoned blogger with such beautiful, modern style. I followed her for years before I ever started blogging in this niche. And we actually had the opportunity to meet up for breakfast several years ago, too. She’s a dear to team up with me. I know she’ll have something so current and beautiful to show you.

Shop the look…

The shopping widget contains everything that is available except the leopard print blouse. For some reason that link is broken with ShopStyle, so I’m using a different one instead. Shop the leopard print blouse here.

If Jo-Lynne sent you…

If you’re one of Jo-Lynne’s readers and she sent you this direction, welcome! I’m so thrilled to meet you! I’d love for you to stick around a few more minutes so we can get to know one another.

I’m a 56-year-old writer and speaker, wife of a pastor, and mom of two grown kids and a daughter-in-law. We just moved from Arizona to Cincinnati, Ohio, about a year ago, but I’m originally from Georgia. So I’m enjoying learning how to live above the Mason-Dixon line. And I’m loving it!

I’ve been blogging here in this space for just about two and a half years, but before that I blogged at my devotional blog, I also started a YouTube Channel a few months ago, and it’s turning out to be oh so fun.

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Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
    let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
 before the Lord, for he comes,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
    and the peoples in his faithfulness. ~ Psalm 96:11-13

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33 thoughts on “Wear Now & Later: Leopard Print Blouse

  1. As usual, I love this post today. I think I need to get a few blazers to my wardrobe. And on a side note, I LOVE your hair! I would love to know how you style it.

  2. Love this look Kay , in fact I wore this same look this week to work except I substituted the shorts for a white denim skirt. I also wore a pair of leopard heels that are my favorites. So many compliments that day! I hope you are correct that animal prints never go out of style????

    1. Wonderful! Oh, I definitely think animal print will never leave us completely. I was watching an old movie the other day (can’t remember what or who was in it!!) and the leading lady was wearing a stunning leopard print coat. It would have worked today beautifully. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed this look and have worn it yourself!

  3. I enjoy reading your posts. And I love your hair. I wear mine the way you used to. So how do you get it to “fluff” out?

    1. Hi Jo! thanks so much for sharing your kind words. My hair has a lot of natural wave in it. Right now I’m using a diffuser and a little mousse to help it along. I’ll share a tutorial in a couple of months probably, once I’ve learned how to style it better. I’m having to help the curls “come out” right now.

  4. Hello Kay….I do already follow Jo-Lynne! Love the leopard prints you both are wearing. As you know from some of my posts, I own plenty!

    I so wish I could wear mules…..but my feet are too narrow and they just slip right off.

    Enjoyed the post today?


    1. Thanks so much for sharing Holly. Yeah, I usually have that problem with mules, too. But these worked. I did have to send another pair back. Have a blessed day!

  5. Hi Kay! Visiting from Jolynne’s blog. Love her style as well as yours. Will be tuning in for fashion tips.

  6. The knit blazer in burgundy beet really makes your second outfit pop! I am a jeans girl through and through so the jeans, leopard print blouse, and blazer is my favorite. It is amazing how the addition of the beet color blazer pulls the entire ensemble together and creates a stunning look.
    Thanks for BFMD as well. BFMD has become an integral part of my devotions.
    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Thanks. I’m so glad you enjoy the blessings. Yes, that little red blazer is a jewel. And it’s the perfect weight for this time of year and into the fall.

  7. Hi! I found you through J0-lynne’s blog- love it! I like the way your leopard top is paired with the jackets, beautiful! I’m also now following you on INstagram. If you’d like please come and link up your posts over at my blog on Fridays for my Fabulous Friday linkup party. I’d love that- and so woul my readers:) Thanks, Lucy

  8. Hi Kay! I’m so excited that you and Jo-Lynne teamed up today! Like you, I’m thrilled that animal print is still going strong. I really like both outfits, and the blouse is so nice. I can attest to the comfort of Wit and Wisdom jeans, as I have numerous pairs in my closet. And they run TTS. Fabulous BFMD. Living in the country in a rural area, we see all kinds of wildlife and stunning skies without light interference, so it’s real easy to praise Him and His creation. Have a great day!

  9. I so wanted this leopard blouse, but it is sold out in my size. I am sure I will be able to find one I like just as well from another retailer because I know it will be very versatile. I don’t own a blazer but I may need to try and find one. I am such a cardigan fan and am just beginning to step out of my comfort zone and wear a utility or jean jacket. Love this collaboration with Jo-Lynne…she is another blogger I enjoy following. Great post.

      1. I can’t decide if I like the front of the jacket being a longer waterfall length than the straight back of the jacket. The Gibson jacket has a more structured look that I really like, but it is also sold out in my size. Decisions, decisions….and truthfully I just shouldn’t be buying more clothes since I am home all of the time.

        1. Hahaha! I hear ya. I wasn’t too sure about the front of the jacket either. But it really doesn’t wear like a waterfall collar, just more of a soft drape.

  10. Just linked to your blog for the first time through Jo-Lynne and your collaboration. I really enjoyed ready it and getting to know you. I love that you are a Christ follower and have your devotion at the bottom of each post. I only follow Jo-Lynne and Cyndi and love how they also LOVE the LORD. Looking forward to seeing what else you have to come. PS When you told about how you have always loved to shop etc. and with your mom and you described your shopping/lunch days with your mom, it so reminded me of my great shopping days and lunch with my mom. I miss those times. My mom is now 81 yrs. old with dementia and I can no longer shop with her. Many memories to cherish for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much for introducing yourself, Kathy. I’m so pleased that you dropped in today. How cool that we share those memories with our moms. And that we both are Christians. I hope you continue to enjoy my blog. ?

  11. Hi Michele,
    I’m here from JoLynne’s blog. I have 2 of those blazers already, blush and gray, and love them. They are perfect for our Southern California weather where winter means adding a sweater or sweatshirt! The one you are wearing is reading fuchsia on my screen rather than beet, which I would consider more of a brick red, is that accurate?
    Looking forward to checking in on you from time to time.

    1. Hi Cindy. Yes, the red blazer is more of a berry red, but definitely more red than pink. We always have a hard time photographing that color in the sun for some reason. And I wear that color a lot! Thanks for sharing. ?

  12. I love the outfit with the blazer, so stunning! Last night I read your study on Psalm 106 (Boundaries-101) at It helped me so much as I’m in a very difficult place right now trying to learn how to set some boundaries. I plan to order your book, “Jospeh: Keeping a Soft Heart in a Hard Place”. I would enjoy hearing watching your video teaching on this study but the link comes up error. Is it still available through another link or source?

    1. Hi Nancy. I’m so glad that the post helped you some. I pray that God continues to provide you with sources of wisdom and truth as you navigate this difficult time. I can send you a set of the dvds if you’d like. They’re $40 on my site. I wish I had some way of sharing more of them with you. There is a brief intro video on the site you should be able to access. I just check it and it’s running. You can order the DVDs here: Hope that helps.

  13. The burgundy beat blazer, leopard blouse and jeans look great on you Kay!!! Your hair looks “fabulous”. I’m looking forward to your hair tutorial. ~?Lisa?~

  14. I love how you styled this top… so funny, I have that same blazer, and I styled it today, but I didn’t think to put it over that leopard blouse. Thanks for teaming up!

  15. Hello Kay!
    I just found your blog and I am very impressed! I am a brand new blogger,, and I have not yet written a fashion post but I would like to. My hang up has been that I cannot figure out how to get pictures of the apparel I’d like to feature. Most of the platforms require that one be a very experienced blogger, not a newbie like me. I see that you use a lot of pictures of yourself, but I am not comfortable doing that. Could you possibly steer me in the right direction? I will be following you! Thanks for any help you can offer. Ellie