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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!).
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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!
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Blessed for My Day
If you have the opportunity to get out for a walk today, why not take a few minutes of that jaunt to simply praise the Lord? You can join in the chorus that nature already sings, praising Him for who He is and what He has done. Sometimes, truth be told, I’ve even gotten so carried up in nature’s worship of our God that I’ve found myself raising my hands, reaching for the skies.
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