This weekend my husband started decorating for Halloween. We set up a “haunted front yard” every year, and I never really know what he’s going to do. One year he built a coffin with fake body pieces coming out of it. Another year, he built what looked like an underground cage with zombie heads and arms reaching out. On Saturday I came home from running errands and he built a queen size bed in the front yard. That’s right, a bed. It has sheets and a fake body on top of it. His decorating is a multi-day event and he’s not done yet. On Halloween night, we both dress up. He’s usually some kind of horrific host, and I dress up to look like I’m a statue of some sort and scare trick-or-treaters when I make a sudden movement as they walk by.
It’s all in good fun and we have visitors who return year after year to see what we’ve done. Although we have some pretty scary scenes, we keep everything G-rated because we still want kids to enjoy themselves. But when we see adults walk through the yard, well, we like to put a little extra efforts into our scare tactics.
Leopard print and leather is a combination that never scares me, especially when you pair it with a crisp white button down blouse. I wore this outfit last week for a work meeting. The only thing I did not wear was the leather jacket. We are having a very warm October and I would have sweltered in this jacket had I worn it to work.
But when cool autumn weather really hits, this leather jacket from Wilson’s Leather will be perfect with any outfit. I like that it is understated and doesn’t have too much hardware such as zippers galore and buckles. It’s a classic shape and at a few years old, is beginning to get that lived in soft-as-butter feel to it.
My leopard print skirt, though, is the real eye catcher in my opinion. Like the leather, it is understated with a small leopard print. I purchased this skirt from thredUP and it’s the J.Crew brand. This is one of those “like new” items that thredUp sells and it is in excellent condition. It is 100% linen and is fully lined which helps to keep it from getting rumpled or caught on your undergarments. The pencil shape is classic and professional.
To top off the skirt, I added another classic piece. A crisp white button down collared shirt makes this outfit work for the office or dinner and drinks afterward. This blouse is from Kohls and is their Apt. 9 brand. It’s a mix of cotton, nylon and spandex, so it has a little bit of a stretch to it, which is always nice. I think this shirt “grounds” the edginess of the leopard and leather and really makes the whole outfit razor sharp.
For a little fun and color, I added some red accessories with a synthetic patent leather belt and patent “like-leather” shoes. I purchased the belt from Amazon and I’m really happy with its quality. I wanted a thin belt for this outfit because I didn’t want the red to be too overwhelming.
My shoes are the Comfort Plus by Predictions Brand. I know they are not real leather, but for the price (less than $30), they hold up really well and are extremely comfortable. I also have them in the nude color. You can see me wearing the red shoes here and the nude ones here.
Because I wanted to keep this overall look classic, I added another timeless piece: pearls. But these are a little different from your average single strand. This necklace by Plunder Design features multi strands of both white and gold pearls. I love the necklace’s shorter length and how it really fills in my neckline. Although it has many strands, the necklace is not heavy and is very comfortable to wear. I added large white pearl studs and a gold initial bracelet to bring out the gold in the necklace.
My quilted looking purse is a purchase from Target this summer. It reminds me of a Chanel design (the brand is known for its iconic quilted handbags). While I know that this purse is not a Chanel piece, the quilted design still gives it a classic and timeless look.
For me, using classic shapes and designs is the key to successfully combining two somewhat edgy pieces. My white blouse, pearls, pencil shape skirt and the quilted bag give this whole outfit a timeless feel. I can see myself wearing this next year or 10 years from now, and it won’t feel out of style or dated.
Picking classic pieces for your wardrobe will never come back to haunt you.
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