Wear to Work: Leopard Print Pump

WeartoWorkHow to wear Leopard Print shoes to workKey Piece: Sam Edelman Leopard Print Slingback Pumps, $120; Dress: TOPSHOP Belted Sheath Dress, $125; Earrings: Eddie Borgo Silver Pyramid Stud Earring, $65; Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane Lapis Triple Strand Collar Necklace, $59; Bag: Black Zipper Tote Bag, $28; Top: MICHAEL Michael Kors Turquoise Studded Crepe Top, $190; Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-plated earring, $25; Cuff: Sole Society Open Metal Cuff, $25; Skirt: Classiques Entier ‘Relief Rib’ Ponte Pencil Skirt, $100

Leopard prints, with their dark and heavy color combinations, tend to be considered a fall and winter pattern. Depending on the style of shoe, you can easily incorporate the look into your summer wardrobe. Adding an accent pattern, like this leopard print, into your summer work wardrobe is a fun and easy way to keep your look fresh and elevated.

Sam Edelman designed an adorable and seasonally appropriate slingback. The pattern is bold and modern, and the heel is not only interesting, but wearable. When you wear any animal print, consider it a neutral. It can go with just about anything (except more animal print). For the first look, we went with navy. Another neutral that when pair with the right pattern and accessories comes alive. This dress from Topshop is perfection. Be sure to have it altered to hit the top of your knee. The lapis necklace adds texture without competing with the print of the shoe. Because the necklace has a lot going on, your earrings should be simple, like these pyramid studs. You could also use your everyday diamond studs. For this look and the next we used the same bag because you wouldn’t have a brand new bag for every outfit. The braided detail on the handle feels a touch more casual, which works well in the summer months.

In the second look, we wanted to pick a color that wouldn’t be your obvious first choice. You could totally do red (in fact, the tank is available in red). To brighten up the outfit, the green felt fresh and current. The small stud details that move down the front of the top help elongate your shape and make you look taller and leaner. You could also use this piece with a traditional black, gray or navy suit too.

Whether to tuck or untuck the tank will depend on where it hits you and how it hangs. If if falls over your body and hits slightly above your hip bone, try it out. You may also want to hem the bottom to hit at your most flattering point. If you like your tops tucked in, be sure you have enough length to do so.

These earrings mimic the stud detailing of the tank. All you need to finish the accessories is a lightweight cuff, like this one from Sole Society. Finally, this black pencil skirt from Classique is everything you look for in a skirt. It’s become increasingly difficult to find classic pieces. Everything has something on it these days that limits its versatility. If you’re looking for a workhorse piece, pick this skirt up while it’s still available. Just like the dress in this set, have it hemmed to the top or an inch above your knee.

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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  1. A few years ago I had several silk-like blouses (jewel/round neck with short sleeves, without any ruffles, ties, pleats, etc.) in black, white, ivory, taupe that I wore underneath suit jackets as a shell. At that time, I believe Jones of NY, Notations, carried them. I haven’t been able to find anything similar and don’t want another t-shirt. Do you know of any brand that carries simple blouse/shells with sleeves? Thanks!

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