24 August 2011

It's Not Easy Being Cheesy

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This was an outfit from the weekend that is not my typical style but I thought it was easy and a fun way to break out my new cheapie leopard top. As much as my inner 55 year-old wealthy divorcée cougar / poly-spandex loving North Jersey makeup artist selves love a good animal print, it is a pattern I find difficult to incorporate it into my everyday wardrobe. Short of leopard print shoes, I've always shied away from larger bolder pieces.

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But animal print (leopard is my fave) is hard to ignore right now and I find myself getting sucked into the trend. I wish I could be bold and stylish enough to pull off a faux leopard coat, but I'm pretty sure I'd resemble great-grandma Myrtle more than Sienna Miller in one. So I'm satiating my craving with bits and pieces, like these mary jane-y t-straps. Maybe a belt will be next on the horizon.

What do you think of animal print? Is it fun? Or is it a little too much?

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Top: Forever 21 sheer leopard (sim here with bow, not sim but gorgeous full skirt here)
Shorts: J. Crew chino (worn here)
Shoes: Xhiliration by Target teanna (worn here - sim here, here)
Outfit inspired by Linda

(I'll be back to catching up with all your lovely blogs this week - work has been killer!)

((And yes, I am fully aware my last two post titles are incredibly similar. Is it wrong that Chester the Cheetah and Kermit the Frog operate on the same wavelength as I do?))

25 comments:

  1. This not your 'typical style' looks great. The top is just enough animal, in my opinion.

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  2. I never thought I was bold enough for animal prints but once I started wearing them I could not stop!

    Here are just a few recent examples of my obsession:

    http://stufffast.blogspot.com/2011/08/inspired.html

    http://stufffast.blogspot.com/2011/08/wacky-things-i-bought-on-internet.html

    http://stufffast.blogspot.com/2011/03/wore-it-3282011.html


    So suffice it to say - I vote fun!

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  3. I love animal print and even dedicated a week of post to my obsession. Why are all the good sizes gone for the leopard maryjanes?? :( Target has several cute animal print belts if your interested.

    Love the sheer leopard shirt with the coral shorts. I love your shoes, but I have never seen them in Target. Jealous!

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  4. Girl, you look fabulous!! Embrace the leopard. :)
    If this top feels like too much, go for the shoe and belt. Even a little bit makes an outfit look extra nice.

    When I wore my leopard blouse, my friend commented that I looked jerseylicious, lol.

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  5. First of all, love your subtle Jerseylicious reference! LOL! I love this outfit on you and maybe it's because we are both fans of the Style channel show, but you look downright fantastic lady! I love me a good animal print. I don't think it's too much, especially with just one piece.

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  6. I Love this shirt! It looks great on you! I feel like it would work great in the work place to! Maybe not on it's own, but pair it with a simple skirt, and layer over it a cardigan, use it as a pop of pattern. I think leopard is so versatile ( I swear I'm not from Jersey!) You look fantastic!

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  7. Oh man, I love that top. You keep making me want to go shopping!

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  8. LOL @ the inner cougar comment. I'm in your boat about leopard prints. Before it was a complete hell no! Then I slowly started incorporating little pieces, ie: scarves. And now? I'm on a hunt for a leopard skirt. What a 180 since last year. I think you styled this top perfectly... if you wanted to take attention away from the print, bold colors are the way to go. My eyes don't know where to look first, so nope, not too much at all!

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  9. You look great! I too shy away from animal print. I am only brave enough to get the print on the shoes.

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  10. Your outfit is spot on-hehe! I am slowly warming up to leopard and I think a little bit goes a long way. You look fab! :)

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  11. I love animal print, and am obsessed with it for the upcoming fall...I think you look great!

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  12. Lisa, you look fabulous! Leopard print is my absolute favorite (especially this season), though I can't think of a single piece in my closet that is animal print! Horrendous! Must correct this soon....

    Missed catching up on all your wonderful posts, but so happy to be back!

    xoxo,
    Kim
    ArrayofAnthro.blogspot.com

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  13. I've always been afraid of this print too! I actually ordered my very first pair of leopard print shoes today. I'm nervous. We can do this together my friend. Embrace the spots...

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  14. Fabulous top - not cheesy at all :)

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  15. I love this! Definitely not cheesey. my favorite way to do everyday animal print is to wear a gray leopard print cardi over a more conservative dress.

    http://www.stylish3.com/marylane

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  16. I love leopard print, and most animal prints (as long as they are a natural color).
    Pairing it with the bright shorts was a brilliant idea, and I love this look!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  17. Hah, I am laughing over your inner wealthy divorcée cougar! This is the first time I've seen you in leopard print, and this is a pretty cute outfit on you! As for me, I'll stick with leopard print in small doses - I have a fuzzy beret, a pair of ballet flats and a belt. I picked up a silk chiffon leopard print scarf last week, but I'm still debating it.

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  18. I love the leopard- don't shy away from rocking it- girl!!

    mindofmr.blogspot.com

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  19. I love your blouse! Why haven't you worn it sooner?!

    You don't look like a wealth cougar to me. Not that it wouldn't be fun to ride around in your convertible on the way to the country club or anything. :o)

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  20. You look so cute as always no matter what your wear!
    I don't own any animal print items (I think). At one stage I thought about getting leopard print flats. My husband doesn't like leopard print, which is probably why i have steered clear of it!

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  21. Wow! I love this! That top is amazing, I definitely need to snag something similiar! And I love that you paired it with colored denim instead of toning it down. :)

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  22. I personally like it! I'm leaning towards buying a leopard print cardi from Old Navy that seems to be subtle enough.

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  23. Love the leopard!

    I'm in fall-fashion mode, so I can picture it with tailored black pants and a wrap sweater too : )

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  24. ack! you look AMAZING! what a bold look - cheetah and orange... who would have thought they would go together so wonderfully?!

    with love,
    guildedsecret

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