12 Days of Skirtmas: Halogen Velvet Pleated Midi Skirt {Day 1}

Hello friend! And a very big welcome to the inaugural 12 Days of Skirtmas post! I am excited to start this holiday tradition on my blog. Starting today until Christmas Eve, I will be posting and styling a new skirt every day! You can follow along here, or on Instagram. Or better yet, play along and wear a skirt for the next 12 days! I further challenge you to wear your skirts a different way than you’ve worn them before! Today’s post features the beautiful Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt.

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When I first saw this skirt, I was drawn to the velvet. I’ve worn a similar one before in gray (see winter florals post), but the black was calling me! Black velvet looks so rich and opulent. I knew it would make a perfect holiday skirt. Therefore I got one and quickly thought up some outfits.

Halogen Velvet Pleated Midi Skirt Goes Preppy

For my first pairing of the skirt, I wore it with my J Crew Stewart plaid button-down. I had worn a similar look last year for Christmas (with a black tulle skirt). Therefore this outfit was a natural one to re-create. I like how the velvet skirt elevates the plaid shirt to a more elegant style.

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I chose to wear a yellow shoe to echo the color in the shirt and also to allow the skirt to pop.

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Halogen Velvet Pleated Midi Skirt Goes Casual

For my second styling of the Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt, I decided to try a more casual look. I paired it with this bow tee to bring in a fun print. It also serves to show how fun and versatile this skirt can be.

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I chose to wear silver pumps to mark for a holiday occasion. But you can also wear it with kicks and pull off a more casual and fun vibe.

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I hope you enjoyed the first Skirtmas post! Stay tuned for many more!

Pattern Primer: Fall Floral Skirt with Ciana Printed Skirt

Hello friend! I have discussed the virtues of fall florals before, so I will spare you the reprise. But I will not pass on the chance to share this particular fall floral skirt with you. Meet the Ciana printed skirt from Anthropologie. This skirt is the epitome of an Elsie skirt: bold print, pretty colors and pleated full silhouette. Let me show you how I styled her.

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Ciana Printed Skirt: Review

First let me review the fit of this skirt. As I mentioned above, it is a full skirt. I adore a full skirt. I think it looks good on everyone because it accentuates the waist. It always makes for a feminine look. The Ciana printed skirt is made well, with lots of individual panels sewn together. It is however, 100% polyester, which isn’t my favorite of fabrics. Also, it does not have a lining.

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As far as fit goes, the Ciana printed skirt comes through. I purchased a size small and it fits me perfectly. It creates a pretty silhouette and falls very elegantly over the hips. One of the details I especially love is the rose gold zipper in the back. It just adds a stylish touch.

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Fall Florals Outfit with the Ciana Printed Skirt

When I first saw the Ciana printed skirt, I was drawn to the pretty floral print and the muted fall colors. Therefore when I went to wear it, I decided to keep the skirt as the focus point of the outfit. Thus I paired it with a simple gray shell and a burgundy Jackie cardigan.

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However, because I do adore my colors, I needed another pop of it. Therefore I added some punch to the outfit with a pair of mustard heels. As you know, I have a thing for mustard and burgundy so I just couldn’t resist it here.

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For accessories I chose a short but intricate necklace. I think it echos the femininity of the skirt perfectly

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I hope you enjoyed another example of a fall florals outfit. I truly find it is so easy and beautiful to wear florals in the fall. Are you on the fall florals bandwagon?

My 2017 Thanksgiving Outfit

Hello friend! My Thanksgiving outfit has been planned for a while now and I’ve been itching to share it with you. So I am glad I get to do so today. I had purchased this sequin polka dot cardigan on one of my midnight online shopping sprees (blame it on the prosecco!) almost two months ago. I loved the details on the polka dots (they have sequins on them!). Then I was waiting for the perfect skirt to come my way… enter the Banana Republic ombre lace midi pencil skirt.

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Ombre Lace Midi Pencil Skirt Review

Because I purchase most of my clothes online, sizing is often a concern. For this skirt I was especially cautious because it is called a midi skirt. Because I am 5’4, I have to be careful of skirts that may be too long. They tend to make me look short. Therefore for this skirt I chose to order the 2p. I went up a size as you customarily should when going from standard sizes to petite.

The fit is overall good. It is just a tad large on the waist. But I worry that a full size down would be too snug. As for the length, I am surprised it is classified as a midi. The 2p fell right at my knees. To be honest, I was hoping for a longer length, to get more of that 1940’s vibe. However, the fit was good overall, so I will be wearing it!

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J Crew Sequin Polka Dot Cardigan Review

Now time to discuss the cardi! I simply adore it. The bold cranberry polka dot is just perfect for the holidays. The fit is fairly true to the Jackie cardigans overall, but may run a tad small on the shoulders. I don’t mind this as I like a snug cardigan, but if you are planning on wearing it buttoned up, keep that in mind!

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The Final Thanksgiving Outfit

When I put the pieces together, I loved how they complemented each other while still standing out on their own. The variated colors of the skirt add almost a hint of stripes. Furthermore, the lace brings in another element of texture.

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I love that the skirt has multiple shades of red in it. Luckily it complements the polka dots of the cardigan well.

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For shoes I was torn between my blue velvet booties (to make a baby blue and burgundy color combination) or my mustard heels (for a mustard and burgundy color combination). In the end I chose the mustard as it popped more against the outfit.

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For accessories I chose to keep it minimal with my delicate Brielle statement necklace. I chose to pair the necklace with a small pair of ear jackets from this Sugarfix trio. The combination works because they are all subtle pieces. The jewelry allows the details of the sweater to be the focus.

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I hope you enjoyed this year’s Thanksgiving outfit. What are you wearing for the holiday?

 

Pattern Primer: Camel Gingham

Hello friend! While I am usually the first to don colors, once in a while I seek out a neutral. That is true today. I have been on the hunt for a camel gingham top for a while. That’s because I love gingham (duh!) and I wanted one that felt very “fall” to me. Many of my other gingham tops sometimes feel too summery. Luckily the J Jill gingham knit top in camel recently arrived at my doorstep. Let me show you how I style it.

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Neutral Camel Gingham Outfit

For my first styling of the camel gingham top, I played it safe and paired it with a black skirt. The look is pretty and polished.

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I accessorized the outfit with my favorite black booties and a structured flap bag.

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For jewelry, I chose my favorite dainty pendant necklace and some rings.

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The look was an excellent start to styling this camel gingham top. But I wanted more…

Colorful Camel Gingham Outfit

So I tried styling the top with color. I figured with the top being so neutral, I needed a bold color, such as a jewel tone. Therefore, I chose to pair the camel gingham with magenta. The result is certainly bold, but still cohesive.

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I love how the magenta skirt pops against the neutral gingham.

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Because of the color in the skirt, I decided to go for a basic black shoe. This time I chose a classic pump.

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For this neutral gingham outfit, I chose to wear rose gold accessories, including this petite tassel necklace.

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After my two initial stylings of this camel gingham top, I have confirmed my “need” for  a neutral gingham print shirt. Next I plan to wear it with a tan and pink plaid blanket scarf, similar to my burgundy and pink post. What ways would you wear this top?

 

Current Obsession: Cardigan Sweater Outfits

Hello friend! With the arrival of cooler temps, I am turning to layers to keep me warm and stylish. A look I’ve been wearing a lot lately involves cozy cardigan sweaters. I am loving layering them over both casual and work outfits. Let me show you my cardigan sweater outfits.

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The obsession started last year when I purchased a burgundy cardigan sweater from Target. I wore that all fall and winter. You can see it in my mustard and burgundy post. Because I loved the sweater so much, when I saw similar ones this year at Target, I had to get a couple more. This time I decided to venture out of the solids and purchase patterned cardigan sweaters.

My Picks for Cardigan Sweater Outfits

This year the cardigan sweaters abound, so you should have no trouble finding one. However, because I’ve been so into them, I keep finding amazing ones. Therefore I will list my favorites below in case you want to snag one too! The ones I recently picked up are a camo print cardigan and a leopard print cardigan. I am also highly considering picking up this red gingham one. It’ll be lovely for the holiday season!

How to Style Cardigan Sweater Outfits

Wearing cardigan sweater outfits is easy. Many of the rules of duster cardigan outfits also apply here. I think cardigan sweaters are perfect to wear to work as well as on days off.

Cardigan Sweater Outfits for Work

The first two times I wore this cardigan to work, I wore it on the weekends with jeans and a tee. But I wanted to challenge myself and wear it on a weekday when I have to look more professional. It turns out it was quite easy to do. I simply changed out the jeans for a skirt and voila! I had a picture perfect work outfit!

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The key to making this look work is keeping the other pieces professional. A pencil skirt is therefore essential. Not only is it the epitome of professional work wear, it’s also sleek and streamlined. It’s the perfect match for a bulkier sweater cardigan.

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For accessories I chose to play off of the colors in the sweater. Therefore I wore my brown Vionic Rory booties. I love how it has so many interesting details but without the bulk. A streamlined bootie like this helps to elongate the leg and to keep the outfit professional looking.

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One of the details I liked best about this particular cardigan is that there is pink in the leopard spots. Therefore I played off of that in my necklace.

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Cardigan Sweater Outfits for Casual Wear

For my casual take on cardigan sweater outfits, I chose to layer with leather leggings and a striped turtleneck. The stripes add a fun pattern mixing opportunity (you know I couldn’t resist!).

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A longer length cardigan such as this one is perfect to layer with a turtleneck. It elongates the body and produces such a regal silhouette.

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While this is the more casual look of the two, this outfit can easily be made work appropriate by changing out the leather leggings for a leather (or other fabric) pencil skirt.

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I hope you can see how easy it is to style cardigan sweater outfits. I am just loving them and will be wearing them throughout the colder months. Will you be wearing them too? Let me know how you are styling yours! Details from both outfits are linked below for your perusal!

 

Try This: J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater

Hello friend! With fall here, I am starting to transition my closet. To better understand how I do so, read my fall transition post. As discussed in that post, because I live in Los Angeles, we stay warm for a bit longer than other parts of the world. Therefore, I thought that the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater would be the ideal transition piece.

Fall transition work outfit with J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater: Review

I initially purchased this sweater on a whim during a late night online purchase (if you watch my insta stories, you know I am a midnight shopper!). When I received the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater I knew it would be a good transition piece. The pretty eyelet is reminiscent of summer, while the sweater back gives a nod to fall.

Fall transition casual outfit with J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

The fit of the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater is true to size. I purchased my usual XS. The peplum starts at a good spot, not too high and not too low. It also ends at a descent length (right at my hip bone). Thus it can be worn comfortably with any type of rise on the bottoms without risking showing off any unintended patches of skin.

J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater: Casual Styling

As I had imagined during my midnight shopping spree, the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater is quite easy to style. I started with a casual summer look. Thus, I had to pair it with my denim shorts. They needed one last hurrah! It turned into a very cute and casual styling.

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J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater: Office Styling

To prove that the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater is versatile enough to stay in my wardrobe, I decided to style it for a work outfit. I easily paired it with a pencil skirt. I think a peplum top always goes well with a pencil skirt. It is just a lovely feminine look.

Fall transition work outfit with J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

Of course I had to add some print into the mix. At first I was a tad nervous to do so. I wasn’t sure if it would be too much with the multiple textures in the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater. But because the colors of the print were neutral, the leopard print skirt paired well with the top.

J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

For shoes I went with classic nude pumps. I also added my fall sunglasses. I had been looking for a brown pair of sunglasses that weren’t boring. These ones with their metallic finish are just what I wanted.

J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

I was concerned about accessorizing with the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater. Because of the textures in the top and the ribbing at the collar, I didn’t want to add a necklace that would overshadow the top. I therefore went with a dainty yet statement making pendant necklace.

J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

After these initial pairings of the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater, I am quite happy with my purchase. It will be a good item to wear during fall transition and beyond! How would you style the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater?

 

Skirt Code: Why I Prefer to Wear Skirts, Reason 5

Hello friend! It’s time to visit another Skirt Code post! If you missed the other reasons, check them out here: reason 1, reason 2, reason 3, reason 4. The fifth reason why I prefer to wear skirts is that they are more sanitary. This post will surely out me as a germ-a-phobe, but I am OK with that. I have long come to terms with who I am! I will be demonstrating my point with the lovely J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt.

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

As I’ve said before, I wasn’t always a devout skirt wearer. In fact, when I first started to work, I probably wore pants most of the time. I’ve always had a love of skirts, especially the ones at Anthropologie. But I still wore pants to work for most of the week, mostly just because of habit.

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Then came the fated day. I will spare you the details, but when I went to use the restroom, I walked into the stall without realizing I was stepping into someone’s bodily fluids. Because I was wearing long trousers that draped over my shoes, the hem of the pants was touching the ground and said fluid. Gross, I know! Needless to say I was thoroughly disgusted. I think I even threw those pants away!

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After that day, I started to wear more skirts. The more I thought about it, the more I was bothered by bringing home clothes that had swept the floor of the hospital (my work), public restrooms, and so on. Because unlike shoes, I keep my clothes on when I snuggle with my daughter on our beds. I just didn’t want to bring those germs into our homes and beds. Wearing a skirt can decrease the chances of that occurring.

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This is also the reason why I do not wear maxi skirts or dresses to work. The maxi-mum (pun intended) length that I will do is a mid calf. That still leaves plenty of room between the hem and the floor.

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J Crew Rainbow Gingham Tie Front  Skirt Review

Now you know one of my quirks! Let’s switch gears and talk about the skirt in detail. The J crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt is a lovely specimen of a skirt. The colors are vibrant and fun. The fit is perfect. I chose a petite this time as I noticed this was a bit of a longer skirt and I wanted it to hit right at the knee. I got the 2P and it fits great (for reference I am usually a 0 in J Crew).

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J Crew Rainbow Gingham Tie Front  Skirt Styling

When I first tried to style the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt, I was a bit stumped. I felt it already had a lot of color and print in it, so I was leaning towards a solid top. But I still wanted some interest. Therefore I went with a lace tee. This ensured there was no competition in color or pattern. But the textured top added another element of style.

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As you already know, I love pairing my skirts with chambray. While the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt would also look great with a chambray top (like this one), I chose to mix it up for this look. Therefore I added the chambray element in my jacket instead.

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For jewelry I went with rose gold accents including my chain link tassel pendant from Baublebar.

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While this may be an unexpected reason to wear skirts, it is still one of my reasons. It is definitely not my most compelling reason, but it was one that spurred my desire to mostly wear skirts to work. Whatever the reason, I encourage you to wear skirts more, especially to work. Plus with some as amazing as the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt, why wouldn’t you wear skirts daily?

1 Item 4 Ways: Paper-bag waist skirt

Hello friend! Because I loved the Banana Republic paper-bag waist skirt so much, I decided to make multiple outfits with it. I knew it would be fairly easy because the cut and color of the skirt are both classic.

Paper-Bag Waist Skirt with Shades of Blue

In my first paper-bag waist skirt post, I wore the skirt with a sleeveless navy sweater. Because the outfit consists of neutral colors and conservative cut, it makes this a perfect option for most offices.

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Paper-Bag Waist Skirt on the Town

For a marked different look, I decided to style the skirt for an evening out. I paired it with a black crop top and high heeled booties for an edgy look.

Four ways to style a paper-bag waist skirt

I love the juxtaposition of the crisp and proper pencil skirt against the skimpy and sexy crop top. For jewelry, I chose rose gold tones, including these big flirty hoops.

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Colorful Paper-Bag Waist Skirt

Because I love color so much, I had a deep need to add some color to the skirt. Therefore I brought in my most colorful top, the mixed gingham shell.

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The multiple colors of the top allow for numerous options in accessories. I chose to go with classic red pumps.

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For my bag, I changed it up and paired it with pink. As you know from my pink and red post, I adore this color pairing.

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Sleek Paper-Bag Waist Skirt

In my last paper-bag waist skirt post, I had mentioned pairing the skirt with a bodysuit. Luckily I was able to purchase the perfect bodysuit for this skirt.

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I love how streamlined the look is with a bodysuit. It’s a look that will be perfect for multiple occasions. To add some print and texture, I wore my Vionic snakeskin booties. The add a fun touch to the outfit.

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For my accessories, I chose a fun tassel necklace. I love how a necklace looks against a mock turtleneck.

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It’s fairly obvious to say I am loving my paper-bag waist skirt. It is very versatile, as I hope I have proven. What’s your favorite look? Let me know in the comments.

 

Pattern Primer: Watermelon Print Shirt

Hello friend! As I continue on my summer pattern series, I’d like to pay tribute to the summer fruit known as the watermelon. Besides being a sweet, cooling treat, it also makes for a fun summer print. Case in point is my fun watermelon print shirt. Let me show you two ways to wear it.

Watermelon Print Shirt for Play

Wearing a watermelon print shirt for casual days is quite simple. You can pair it with jeans or shorts and you are set! Because of that reason, I wanted to push myself a bit more in the casual outfit. Therefore I chose to pair it with a denim skirt and booties.

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The look is casual but polished. For accessories I chose gold tone jewelry to go with the belt.

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Watermelon Print Shirt for Work

Because some think wearing a watermelon print shirt to the office can be unprofessional, I sought to prove them wrong! Here I paired the shirt with a sharp pencil skirt. The look is professional, and perfectly office appropriate!

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When I was choosing the skirt for this outfit, I decided to play off the colors of a watermelon. Therefore I chose a few shades of green. Although my initial pairing was a true watermelon rind color, it felt too costumey. Instead, I went with this bright chartreuse. While it is still green, it’s not quite so literal. Furthermore, it pairs so well with the pops of red in the watermelon print shirt and shoes.

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For accessorizing this look, I chose to stick with gold and white tones. A white watch is just perfect in the summertime. I chose to pair it with my gold double hoop earrings and statement necklace. To finish off the look, I topped it all off with my gold clutch.

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I hope I have succeeded in proving that a watermelon print shirt can be worn to the office. Besides the watermelon print shirt post, I also have a palm tree print and pineapple print post. Plus I am working on some others. If there is a summer print you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments!

Pattern Primer: Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Hello friend! Ever since my first red stripes and leopard print post, I have been obsessed with this combination. I have even purchased a few more red striped items, particularly summer pieces. Therefore I want to show you more examples of red stripes and leopard print outfits. This time around however, I am focusing on just the red stripes and leopard print, without also requiring denim and tan.

How to wear red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit

Ruffled Red Stripes and Leopard Print

A bold way to wear red stripes and leopard print is to bring in large elements of each print. For example, in this outfit, I am wearing a red striped top with a leopard print skirt. Although both items are standout and bold, they still go together. That’s because the stripes are thin and wide, while the leopard print is smaller and more dense. See my pattern mixing 101 post for more information.

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I love the way this outfit turned out. I wore it to a conference last May. To make it more work appropriate, I had simply topped it with a cardigan. Then when happy hour time came, I took off the cardi and I was ready!

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Top / Also available as a dress

Office Red Stripes and Leopard Print

An understated way to wear red stripes and leopard print to work is to keep one of the prints limited to a small item of clothing. For example in this look, I chose to wear the leopard print in a belt. Now the contrast is not as large as in the first look. It’s almost demure!

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I paired the two prints with a ruffled chambray top. Chambray pairs well with everything. It is always a go-to for me when I am pattern mixing or styling a new item.

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Casual Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Because my original inspiration was with denim, I decided to do an outfit with the summer equivalent of jeans: cut-off shorts. I paired it with my off the shoulder ruffle top and a leopard print scarf and I am set!

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When I was putting this outfit together, I didn’t have a leopard print scarf in the size that I wanted. I searched high and low and still could not find one. Then I had an A-ha moment!

I simply went to the fabric store and picked out a good leopard print fabric. Then I took that fabric along with a square scarf I already owned to my tailor. She used my own scarf as a template and quickly whipped a similar one out of the leopard print fabric. Now I had the perfect size leopard print scarf. And it was so cost effective! Try that next time you can’t find the exact size scarf you want.

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Flirty Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Another summer mainstay item is the denim skirt. For that reason, I’ve been wearing my skirt often this season. Therefore I had to create another outfit with the skirt. I chose to pair it with a long-sleeve off the shoulder top because I wanted some more coverage with so much of my legs showing. Furthermore, this would be a good look for the beach where it could get chilly.

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This time around, I moved the leopard print to my feet by wearing my leopard print Gigi sandals. It’s another subtle way to bring in the leopard print.

Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look

As you can see, it is truly so easy to pair red stripes and leopard print together. I hope you give it a try yourself! If you enjoyed this post, please share the link on your Facebook!