Hi everyone! This post is the second installment of December’s “One Piece Two Ways” series and this month I styled this leopard coat. If you missed yesterday’s post on how I styled this the first way, click here.
Today I’m dressing things up a bit with another classic: the LBD. Chances are you already have one of these hanging in your closet, so take it off the hanger and let’s get started.
This is a fun look for the holidays when you’re sick of sparkle, but it’s also just a great all-around date night look for cooler weather.
Yesterday I paired a classic turtleneck with sleek high-rise jeans and added the leopard for a fun, yet equally classic pop. And today I’m more or less doing the same this with the LBD, since almost every woman has one.
I am personally the owner of many, many, LBDs, but I love the simple cut of this $52 dress I’m wearing here because it’s so versatile. The straight cut shift silhouette makes it really comfortable, and there’s a small zipper up the back to keep the front clean. It has short sleeves and looks cute on it’s own as well as layered over a turtleneck. And if you want more shape, you can add a belt. In the case of today’s look, you can even wear it with a leopard coat to jazz things up. I’m telling you, the options are endless.
SHOP THE LOOK
It’s important to pay attention to length here. Make sure your LBD is either a little shorter or longer than the leopard coat; you never want it to be the same length. The difference in the lengths helps to make legs look longer, and it just looks nicer.
I didn’t want this look to be too severe since I’m wearing a lot of black. So, I broke up the heavy color with a pair of semi-opaque tights. I think that regular opaque tights would have been too much here. This way, I’m still keeping things monochromatic between the dress and boots without being a giant wall of black.
I purchased these slouchy boots right at the end of last year because I was looking for something non-suede that could work in rain if needed. I love these boots so much. They’re a bit of an investment but the heel is comfy. I walked about 2 miles in them in NYC last February during Fashion Week without any problems. So to me, that alone makes them worth the money. They’re also currently on sale! If you’re looking for a similar, more affordable version, click here. I also love these slightly shorter slouchy booties.
Since this look is heavy on the black (there’s black as well in the spots on the leopard coat), I added in a bit of color with my purse. I’ve been wanting a Chanel boy bag for so long! My wedding anniversary is right near my birthday, so this year Matt surprised me with a combo gift and bought this for me on our last day in NYC back in August. I’m obsessed! Any pop of color will do here; black obviously goes with everything but since the leopard coat has neutrals and blacks, too – anything goes!
A leopard coat is the perfect balance between on-trend and classic, and bold but neutral. There are so many more ways to wear this fabulous piece, but I wanted to share two ways to wear it with pieces that you probably already own.