Oh my gosh! Pink and leopard. Two of my favorite things to wear.
I was getting ready for work on a recent morning and doing my usual scan of the closet to decide what to wear. I usually choose my pants first and then decide what top to pair with them based on weather and my mood. I decided to go monochromatic pink (it’s a color I’ve been loving for the past year or so). I haven’t done pink with pink that I can recall and it seemed like a fun statement look.
Jazzing It Up with Leopard
It seemed a little unexciting, just the pink top and jeans on their own. I considered how I might perk up the look with some contrasting shoes that would present a surprise in the soft pink ensemble. I’d just picked up a few pairs of wedge sandals on sale at Macy’s and pulled out the leopard print pair. Yes! Just what I had in mind to keep the outfit from straying too far into sugar-and-spice-and-everything-nice realm.
My first iteration of the outfit had the tails of the blouse untucked. And I really liked how it looked. It felt casual in a sophisticated way. But then I remembered my rule of thirds post a couple of weeks ago and decided maybe I’d better tuck the shirt in.
So now what? Oh! I can add a leopard belt – that would be a cool look! But will it be too matchy matchy? (This is me talking to myself in my head.) We’ve moved away from matching accessories the way we used to (purse and shoes, earrings and necklace). I certainly didn’t want to look dated or old fashioned (heaven forbid!).
Obviously, I added the belt and liked the complete look. It added my favorite thing to do with outfits – a little surprise. And turned the all-pink, girly vibe into feminine with a bit of an edge.
Note: Despite my research on the fashion rule of thirds, I do like the casual look of an untucked shirt. I think if the hem hits a bit below the hips, it works without looking like I’ve divided my body in half.
You may be wondering why I’m including the jacket with this middle of summer outfit. Well, first of all, I love this burgundy satin bomber jacket. The pairing of the super casual bomber style with the luxe satin fabric is fun. And it’s seasonless. Where I live, not from the Sonoma County coast in Northern California, our hot summer days are regularly bookended with cool coastal temperatures compliments of coastal fog. Locals refer to it as our natural air conditioning. This day, my morning started at 55 degrees Fahrenheit (about 13 Celsius) and by the mid afternoon when I was photographing this look, it was 85 degrees Fahrenheit (about 29 Celsius). Quite a swing! We’re used to it, and we pretty much always dress in layers.
Leopard Wedge Sandals
These wedge sandals are Macy’s brand Style & Co Mulan Wedge Sandals. They are a super affordable and simple summer sandal. I bought a pair last year in cork and this year happened to find this leopard version on sale for $19! (They appear to be unavailable now – I’ve linked some other leopard wedge sandal options below.) Also picked them up in a fun yellow-gold color ($18) and in black at the regular price ($40 – still a great price). I love the versatility, and the reasonable price allows me to add a style to my summer collection that I don’t feel committed to justify by frequent wearing. I will say that this isn’t a shoe I’d want to do a lot of walking in. They are comfortable enough for wearing to an event but it’s not a good option for too much walking. (I don’t have the prettiest feet with all the varicosed veins but wanted to include the close up to highlight the straps and print wedge.)
The challenge of being my own photographer is evident in these photos :/
There’s no one to tell me when I should smooth things out or fix something that looks a bit off or out of place. Despite that, the midday rumples in the blouse and pants, and the shadows from the bright day, I hope the photos still communicate the fun look.
Here are a few leopard sandal options that combine a fun and edgy animal print with summer sandals. The first pair shown in black is the style of the sandals featured in this post (they don’t have the leopard any longer). This style comes in a variety of colors and textures.