I’m Wearing: Red Leopard

…Rawr?

I’ve been trying to disassociate the idea of leopard print with my memory of bad outfits from the late eighties, with their garish colors, synthetic fabrics and wide, coke-altered eyes.

If I really think about it, the reason I ran screaming from animal print wasn’t the eighties: it was the gaudy, self-esteem deprived women who kept wearing leopard print into the nineties. That print was like a beacon that screamed, “Warning! These women have fake nails that are too long, and they will give you a smile just as fake before they back away, thinking ‘get the hell away from me, you dirty child.’ Stay. Away.

But my memories, almost twenty years old, aren’t really fair to animal print, now are they?

That’ll do.

It helps that the cut and shape of this shirt is so flattering: the arms hang loose, but are sewn just close enough to the side of my body and under my arm so I don’t feel too exposed. The neckline has tiny, lays-over-your-bust-perfectly pleats, and the sleeves are slightly scalloped at the edges.

Cans. I hunt them.

This top is also sheer – and I love sheer – so I can play the print up or down based on what I wear underneath. Today it was a simple black camisole. Nothin’ fancy!

What is fancy is my baby pink belt, which is older than sin and coming apart, and my birthday present, a pair of high-waist pleated shorts from Alloy. Fashion serendipity.

Leopard Print Top: c/o Karen Kane
Shorts: Alloy, gift
Belt and sunglasses: unknown
Shoes: Banana Republic, $60

  • What a fun set of photos and a great outfit. Love the can kicking!!

  • That top is awesome and looks perfect with the high-waisted shorts. I have a completely different memory/view of leopard print than you! I think it’s very classic and classy. But I suppose it’s how one styles it. This outfit is a perfect showing of leopard print in a classy way!

  • My exact thoughts about leopard print and sheerness! I used to HATE leopard print and now I love it, not a HUGE amount of it everywhere of course, but like here, on a blouse, or a cardigan, or a scarf… One of my faves. :) I think it’s sexy and a bit rockabilly-esque.

    ALSO. You already know how much I love you in these shorts. Fierce and gorgeous!

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  • I totally agree with you.. For a long time I avoided leopard print for the same reasons. I couldn’t get the picture of those women from the 90’s out of my head! I finally (somewhat recently) got over it though. :)