Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Leopard Week! Plaid and Leopard? It Can Be Done!

Welcome to Leopard Week! Go here for links to participants.

For my Tuesday WW group, I wanted to bust out my leopard pumps. However, it's still frickin' cold out (thank goodness the snow is finally gone), so I didn't want to wear a skirt. I was waving my shoes around randomly at my various skirts and pants to see what went well with them, and lo! These pants looked good with leopard:
It's been randomly said around Style Nation that leopard is a neutral - TRUE! Treat it as the closest base colour (in this case, sort of a camel colour). Some leopards are more white/cream based, some are more brown or black, and yes, some are hot pink. Whatever. The rule of thumb holds true - go with the majority colour for mixing with other patterns.

This sweater is new-to-me:
I am secretly crushing on Emma Pillsbury from "Glee" and when I spotted this thin sweater in the consignment store, I grabbed it. I love the little bow! I think it was about $20 (and when I checked the Trina Turk website I see I probably got a good deal!).

The pants were last worn here, the shoes last worn here.

The stuff:
See? My shoes even have leopard inserts!

A close-up:
My spotty belt and earrings from Plum.

Sweater (Trina Turk, consignment), pants (no label), belt (Nygard), shoes (Steve Madden), earrings (Plum).

22 comments:

  1. You're a bold lady, pairing plaid and leopard, two things I'm afraid of! (Pattern mixing and animals prints!)

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  2. Thanks (I think), Cara!

    Karen, thanks.

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  3. Huh! I never thought of considering leopard a neutral. I just can't do it personally. I think the pumps work here, but I can visualize plaid as a neutral better than the leopard. You know I love the plaid pants.

    You're also reminding me of these fantastic wooly plaid pants I found the other day. I didn't grab them because they were a half size too big, but I think I'm going to grab them if I see them and see if the waist can't be fixed.

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  4. I did leopard shoes today too! Dang! I wish a had a leopard belt!

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  5. I just wore leopard yesterday!
    am i too late?
    also, I am still gonna do "raw" and am hanging on to your beautiful photo. will let everyone know.
    Thanks for all your support this month. what a whirl-wind.
    Love to you as always!!!
    xXx
    Reva

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  6. This is so badass that I don't even know where to begin. Neutral prints! The notion is a genius, as is this outfit.

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  7. I like the plaid and leopard together. Your new sweater is really cute. Now, to figure out what leopard to choose for tomorrow.

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  8. This week's leopard workshop is teaching me a LOT - and it's only Tuesday. Probaby I'll just bookmark the lot.

    Also, huh. Leopard shoes with those pants? I like it. A LOT. This is like a master class.

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  9. Megan, whatever works for you! The plaid can also be a neutral here. Those pants sound good - go get 'em!

    Tessa, I know, I loved your shoes!

    Thanks, Ponchmor!

    Reva, I will add you in if you're wearing leopard this week, darlin'! Looking forward to "Raw"!

    Thanks, Kelly!

    Alison, thank you! I'm going to be going casual again tomorrow...should be fun!

    A-Dubs, aw, glad this is useful for you, thank you. "Master class", ha!

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  10. THANKS BABY!
    I AM POSTING RIGHT NOW :)
    WILL INCLUDE A LINK AS WELL !
    LOVES YA!
    XxX
    REVA

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  11. The thin sweater is so flattering! It looks great and I really want a pair of those shoes!!

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  12. You are truly fabulous, Sheila. I'd never have thought to pair plaid and leopard, and it totally works!

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  13. I adore this on you , specially that new to you- sweater :) I have to agree on leopard print being a neutral it works perfectly with those pants... I would have never tried it .
    I wore my leopard flats on Monday, I will see how else I can throw some leopard in this week. I also need the leopard attitude. Not the skanky one, just the strength.

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  14. That skinny belt really jazzes up that top. Nice choice!

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  15. Reva, you look fabulous in your hat and leggings!

    Thanks, Sarah!

    Thanks, Pam! The shoes are almost 5 years old now!

    Sal, thank you. It's always fun to experiment.

    Thanks, Lorena - I love how the sweater fits too. Yay! Dig out your leopard, girl!

    Thanks, Wendy!

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  16. Love it!! You are a pattern mixing queen!

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  17. Love it. And I think I love it because you kept the top so simple; it really plays off the unexpected patterns below just perfectly.

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  18. Thanks, Kristen - yeah, I had to keep the top very plain so that it wasn't all crazy with patterns!

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Sheila