The Faux Fur Leopard Coat–Day 5

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Ok, ok, ok. I cannot and will not unnecessarily force everyone into wearing leopard print. It isn’t for us all. And that is ok. All this week I have simply attempted to show various ways of wearing leopard print: from a touch of leopard print with jeans to leopard print skirts paired with black, to overly bold and even overly casual, leopard print can be embraced in subtle or over the top ways. I will attempt to say however, that there is one leopard print item that with resounding ease will elevate any woman’s day: this item would be faux fur leopard coat!

faux fur leopard coat

Similar to the way I styled two leopard print skirts with black, I’ve done the same with my faux fur leopard coat. I’ve had this coat since I moved to Hong Kong, so that means it’s been in my wardrobe six years this winter. Unless something tragic happens to it, I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it. And yes, it only gets about a weeks worth of wear here in Hong Kong, but that one winter I did go home, it of course went with me. The best thing about a faux fur leopard coat is how chic I feel with one on. In these pictures, underneath the actual jacket I’m wearing a tank top, but I’m so warm! Simply paired with sparkly goodness, and I don’t even need any accessories. If I live in a cold weathered climate I think this would become my uniform: it’s chic yet comfortable all at once.

faux fur leopard coat

faux fur leopard coat

faux fur leopard coat

Shop for your Faux Fur Leopard Coat:

Or maybe you already have one!?
Do tell….

faux fur leopard coat

This time around, I’ve offered some faux fur leopard coats for you to shop. Personally, I used free shipping to HK and went with ASOS. (Pretty much a ton of vendors offer free shipping these days. Just look for a promo somewhere on the site.) I chose prices from $40 at target to $240 from Anthropologie. Whatever your budget, there’s definitely a faux fur leopard coat out there for you!

*This post has been linked to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Samantha’s #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

Pair Bold with Bold–Leopard Print, Day 4

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Ok, so yesterday I went very basic pairing leopard print with black. This is the easiest and shall I even say tamest (hehe) way to go with this wild print. But, today, I’m just going to go for it, and pair bold with bold. Why not! Take this wild print and match it with even more. Don’t worry about being OTT (over the top); just embrace it! The last time I featured this sweatshirt was out at my cabin in my cowboy boots sitting on my leopard sofa. With one of my very favorite sweatshirts, this time around I’ve gone with an Asian flare mini, and since I already had a lot going on with both the top and bottom, I threw in some studded boots as well. (These are a recent score from the Ruglane Market I attended last weekend.) Hey, call it pattern mixing or just pair bold with bold.

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pair bold with bold

pair bold with bold

I have to admit something: I love it when Gigi is my photographer. Here I am in a pretty wild outfit, and ironically, she just brings out the zany Annie. My smile feels pretty bright along this bold styling.

pair bold with bold

pair bold with bold

Ok, what do you think?
Pair bold with bold and go wild or stick to tame styling leopard print with black?

*This post has been linked to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Samantha’s #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

A Leopard Print Skirt X 2–Day 3

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Yesterday’s post featured a pretty loud pair of pants. Today, I’ve tamed things down with more of a simple styling of a leopard print skirt. Leopard print is easily paired with black–which I’ve done with two different leopard print skirts. I have a theory: match structure with flowy. So, the first version of the leopard print skirt features a straight pencil skirt and a black flowy blouse. The second style demonstrates the reverse: since the leopard print skirt is flowy I went with a more streamlined, fitted black top. Wearing structure with something loose allows me to accentuate different parts of my figure. I’d never be able to wear both a tight top and tight bottom–I’m way to curvy. And I’d feel terribly uncomfortable in something overly full. That’s probably why I don’t really wear maxi dresses; there’s just too much fabric making me feel larger than I’d like.

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No way am I going to show off my ponch! See the length in that blousy black top? Well it’s covering my muffin top. The back of this blouse also covers my bum–another rather round area! Whenever I wear a pencil skirt, I try to pair it with a shirt style just like this one. Then, the fitted jean jacket added some more curves around my rib cage. I felt great in this leopard print skirt despite it’s tight structure. Because of the blouse I’ve concealed some of my figure’s trouble areas.

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

Wanna see some crazy leopard love? Check out this styling of this leopard print skirt back in 2014! Even I can’t believe how over the top I am!! (And check out my long locks. Wow, my hair was so long!)

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

Another Leopard Print Skirt

leopard print skirt

Here’s another leopard print skirt–well, actually they’re shorts, but they’re so full they appear more like a skirt. Because of the fullness and flowy material, I wore a more structured black top with this one. Again, full with full would just be too much, and I could never pull off tight on tight. But, a little fullness with a little tight, that works for me. Again, both my tummy and bottom are covered up by the fullness of the skirt. My waist is shown by the gathered waistband hitting the black tee that has been tucked in. Once more I went with a structured jacket that curves inward. So much of how we dress can be created by the illusions the lines of our clothing can make. If anything, remember this!

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

In my opinion gold is the best compliment to leopard print. I always choose gold over silver when accessorizing with this pattern.

leopard print skirt

I’m wondering about these boots…Is it time to put them to rest? They are very worn in. I’ll have to find out if my sister still has hers; I tend to follow her lead. And, I’m not sure if fringe has lost its moment…

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

A leopard print skirt styled with black.
Is this something you could wear? I think so!

For those that don’t wear leopard, am I swaying you just a bit? I surely hope so. RoarRRRR!

*This post has been linked to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Samantha’s #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

DIY Shirt Hack X 2

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Why wear clothing the way it’s intended? Sometimes it’s fun to mix it up! Here, I show you a DIY shirt hack in two ways: as a skirt or as a bandeau top. Both of these styles are super easy–all you need is a long sleeved button down shirt for these two DIY shirt hacks.

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DIY Shirt Hack #1

For this first style, simply button up your shirt around you waist. I leave the last three to four buttons unbuttoned. Tuck in the shoulders and tie the sleeves together.

DIY Shirt Hack 2

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Once the shirt is tied, I tuck in any extra bits that are sticking out. It’s that easy!

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DIY Shirt Hack #2

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For the second DIY shirt hack, button it up again but this time, leave your arms out. Again I left about four buttons unbuttoned. For this one, I needed a little help with someone tying the shirt’s sleeves behind my back.

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I let the shoulder area create a little bustle in the back.

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The Fab 40s in Pleats

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The moment Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor declared this month’s styling theme every one of The Fab 40s got a little nervous–including me. Pleats, that’s what we were to style. The moment I saw pleats I thought to myself: Oh! Pleats look awful on me–they just enhance my ponchy ponch. I instantly started imaging the pleats on a pair of khaki trousers or even pleats on a midi skirt. Pleats at the waist add a an inch or two–something I try hard to avoid. It wasn’t until I thought out of the box, much like my companions below, that I realized pleats come in all sorts of ways. Take for instance this lovely handmade skirt I purchased on my travels through Lianjiang, China. This skirt is patched together from many pieces of fabric and all those folds, I mean pleats, add to the intricacies of this item. I love this pleated piece hand made from Chinese village women. It’s precious to me.

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The Fab 40s in Pleats

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Fashion on the 4th Floor

Diane called this theme. Look how whimsical and fun her top is. It’s almost like it’s a skirt top–the neck looks barely there. Because of her amazing shoulders, this neck and line look stunning on her sleek, athletic frame.

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Funky Forty

Yvonne is our guest blogger this month. She writes Funky Forty, and basically, she’s a gal after my own heart. I feel like I could wear exactly what she is wearing. Or at least I would try to. I would probably ruin this chic look though with too much color somehow. To me, Yvonne just rocks cool. Her outfit and the way she has styled pleats reminds me of my sister–whom I always try to emulate.

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Fashion Should be Fun

Dawn Lucy’s lace and leather are spot on. On the one hand, she’s edgy, but then on the next she’s got a whole Audrey Hepburn vibe going on. Do note–that’s a hosiery tattoo! I never knew!!

Fake Fabulous Pleats

Fake Fabulous

Oh Samantha! This top is so angelic. It’s beautiful. And then spun with a little red and blue jeans, it reminds me of a modern day Marilyn Monroe. What a stunning and unusual top that’s just really, really pretty.

Sheela Goh Pleats

Sheela Writes

I’ve begun to call this woman Queen She, and by this picture, you can tell why. Sheela just rocks all coolness. From the heels, to the skinnies, to the leather on top, Sheela displays pleats of an ethereal type with this top/dress. And the color, in blush, well it’s beautiful.

A Pocketful of Polka Dots

A Pocket Ful of Polkadots

Preppy cool in mint for Jennie. I love how proFRESH she is. This is a flirty outfit, one made for twirling. And with the collar turned up, Jennie shows just how to be chic.

Mary Pleats

Curly Byrdie Chirps

I’m beginning to realize Mary has a covetable collection of dresses. This one with colorful poppies is another winner, and the halter neckline works on just about every figure. Mary is stunningly statuesque here and the colors are so spring filled.

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For me, I chose my black crop top with laced back alongside my sleeveless denim jacket. I can’t seem to stop wearing my evil eye earrings–they’ve been on serious repeat lately. I opted for my Star Wars Vans because they match exactly to a tee. It couldn’t be helped. I grabbed my leopard backpack at the last minute. I’m not sure it totally works, but leopard goes with anything in my book. Finally, I wore tons of blue mascara and an orange lippy–playing matchy matchy makeup with my skirt. This happened to be a very real outfit that I wore to work last week. My friend Norbyah took the pics after school right outside my apartment building.

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