Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Seeing Spots

Earlier this week, my inner fashionista squealed with delight as I paid for my first leopard-print item: a gauzy blouse from H&M - sightly sheer, slouchy in all the right spots (pun fully intended), and treads dangerously close to being a bit too much. It's particularly irresistible paired with minuscule khaki shorts and thick gold cuffs adorning each wrist. I'd like to call it "safari glam."*

It seems my animalistic instincts were spot on. Leopard print litters the August issue's pre-fall shopping guides of Harper's Bazaar. And I'm more than happy to indulge. As Sarah promised on Twitter (@ClassyFabSarah), the first leopard-print piece won't be the last.

My advice: bring a discerning eye to inexpensive leopard items. Many verge on looking a little too, well, cheap when compared to pricier alternatives.

(pictured clockwise, starting from upper left)

Marchesa Notte, Leopard Silk Gown, $1,212.91 (on sale)
Tucker, Leopard-Print Silk Blouse, $280
Topshop, Leopard Tassel Cross Body Bag, $60
Casadei, Leopard-Print Satin Court Shoes, $296 (on sale)
Deena & Ozzy, Pony Belt, $20

*Don't worry, ladies! I'll post a photo of the H&M blouse soon!

24 comments:

  1. I love this look, but you're right about the cheaper items... it's not the same!

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  2. Whoa.. that maxi dress is to die for..so gorgeous

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  3. Of course I liked the most expensive dress! Oh Marchesa!

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  4. leopard/cheetah print is IT for fall!! it's gonna be everywhere!! i tried on the tucker, but it was hid(eous)...and it takes a lot for me to say that about gaby. the print was whack.

    we need to see a pic of you in your new purchase!! xoxo-carrie

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  5. Loving all of the leopard prints! I just saw a pretty fierce pair of leopard pumps by Brian Atwood, in the August issue of Allure. Dying for them, but they're $650-ish! Not as bad as Louboutin's...but still!

    xoxo,
    Bren @ Chasing Beauty

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  6. Oh...the shoes...to die for! Love spotty items, and there are quite a few in my wardrobe already.

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  7. I love animal prints....The shoes are amazing:) Kisses darling and have a wonderful Thursday:)

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  8. I just bought TWO Marchesa dresses on sale!!! Ekkkk! can't wait to get them!

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  9. I definitely agree that you have to really bring a discerning eye with these! very cool :)

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  10. I love animal print.. anything animalistic is beautiful! cute picks..

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  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I wore my favorite leopard print flats yesterday :D
    http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com

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  12. STOP it. I'm dying. That leopard maxi is amazing!

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  13. let's see your h&m find! pppppppllllllease. :)

    somehotdishes.blogspot.com

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  14. Love!

    So far I have a belt and a pair of shoes (the ones that tragically ate it, as documented in my last post). I haven't ventured into shirts yet. I thought for years that I'd never own a piece of leopard print clothes, but I caved. They're just so fun!

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  15. ihave a leopard print scarf that i got from H&M..it is so awesome i can't tell you ..i was practically living in it till a few days back..now i am craving towards that belt..love it..:)

    http://weddingonthecards.blogspot.com/

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  16. Leopard print is SO classy! I think as long as you pair it with a solid color (I usually do black or white cause I'm boring) it always looks nice!

    Can't wait to see the pic!

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  17. am not a big fan of animal print but these look really fab

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  18. I love leopard print! I can't seem to get enough... I'd kill for those pumps.

    Can't wait to see you new top!!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  19. What a coincidence! I just wrote a post this week on zebra prints: http://highmaintenancewoman.blogspot.com/2010/07/animal-prints-not-just-for-vegas.html

    They certainly are tricky to hit just right!

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  20. I wonder what the purse material looks like IRL...it could look like a stuffed animal or could be quite tasteful. Can you imagine it with black top and skinnies or a cute black dress...why $60 though!
    K

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  21. I love those Casadei shoes! They're fabulous! I think everyone needs a little bit of leopard print. :)

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  22. That gown is gorgeous! Love this print

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