When they were my age, I’m not sure my mother’s generation would have worn a camel, beige, and brown animal-print bag with a coral and black-striped top. I never thought of doing such a thing either–until about six or so years ago, when J. Crew paired their wool, leopard-print “Tippi” pullover with wool fuscia cropped pants. That was sort of amazing to me–I thought you put leopard with similar colors–and I loved it. Suffice it to say, I bought both. (J. Crew has another leopard-print Tippi sweater this year, too.)
Then, the following summer or after, I stood in line behind a college-age woman wearing a small, leopard-print crossbody bag with a bright floral sundress. (Now that I think about it, we were in J. Crew–how ironic.) I was so inspired, I spent years looking for a similar bag. Finally, last fall, I found this cute one.
So, what you see here is my version of that style idea–styling leopard in unexpected ways. Thank goodness for the younger generations; they invent such fun, unexpected things. ~Janis Lyn Johnson
What I’m Wearing (Scroll Down For More Photographs)
CLOTHES…COAT: Land’s End (Similar in bright blue at Vineyard Vines) TOP: Talbots Similar at J. Crew) / JEANS: Calvin Klein / ACCESSORIES…SHOES: Chooka / BAG: Jessica Simpson (Splurge at Neiman Marcus) / JEWELRY…NECKLACE: Lapis Lazuli, Quite Old, from my mother in law (Similar or splurge at Ross-Simons) / EARRINGS: 14k Gold Lapis Lazuli, Several Years Old (Similar) BRACELETS: 18K gold bangles, circa 1970s, from my mother (Similar in 18k gold plated) / MAKEUP (All Natural and Organic Ingredients)…FACE: 100 Percent Pure Healthy Flawless Skin Foundation Powder in both Creme and White Peach / CHEEKS: Gabriel Color Powder Blush, in Vibrant Pink / LIPS: 100 Percent Pure Fruit Pigmented Anti-Aging Lipstick, Calendula / EYELASHES: 100 Percent Pure Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara, in Black Tea. (Some links are affiliates. For more, see About JLJ.)