How to Style a Leopard Cardigan for the Weekend

I’ve had my eye on this cardigan for a while, and it’s just gone on sale. My wardrobe could use a bit of a lift. I had Vivian in December, so I didn’t focus much on clothes last year, and my closet is starting to look sparse.

Since I work from home most of the time and am carrying around a very spit-uppy baby, wearing my more precious, dry-clean-only garments doesn’t make much sense. What I need is a system of layers that I can take on and off depending on my schedule. 

But honestly, after the cost of a baby and a remodel, I’m tired of spending money. So I’m being prudent with my purchases and heeding my own advice. Every piece I consider I ask myself:

How many ways can I wear this?

Do I love it or am I buying it because it’s available and it fits?

Does it make me feel pulled together?

Bonus points if it’s multi-seasonal and reasonably priced.

I’ve mentioned before I get a little freaked out by leopard print clothing. Give me a patterned pump, bag or belt all day any day, but I worry that certain prints give Janice from Friends vibes

Am I dating myself? 

Anyway, I like this cardigan because of it’s cut and sophisticated print. You can wear this in so many ways. It easily goes to work with your favorite black pants, or you could use it to dress down a basic black sheath. 

Today, though, we’re taking it casual and then dressing it up with some unexpected pieces. 

Sweater notes: J. Crew Cardigan, on sale $80, XXS – 3X, sizing is limited. 

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How to Style a Leopard Cardigan

 

How to Style a Leopard Cardigan for the WeekendOutfit One: Cardigan, $80  |  Leggings, $55  |  Sneakers, $60  |  Tee, $14.50  |  Hat, $32  |  Bag, $160

Causal Weekend Outfit

This first outfit is something I would wear working from home or on a busy weekend morning. While I’m in the house, I would wear leggings and a white tee (and my slippers). But let’s say I have to stop at the market, or drop a kid off somewhere, or just run over to my neighbor’s house, then I would layer on the cardigan, and add a crisp pair of sneakers

On the days that I’m well past the point of dry shampoo, and they are more frequent than I should admit, I’m all about a baseball hat. Happily, there are so many simple, chic and affordable options available. Most weekends you’ll find me under a baseball hat, with a pair of sunglasses and maybe a lipstick.

A crossbody bag is a lifesaver when you’re wrangling kids, but being hands-free is helpful no matter what you’re doing. This quilted bag might seem too formal for such a casual outfit, but it helps balance the look and adds some depth with its texture.

How to Style a Leopard Cardigan for the WeekendOutfit Two: Cardigan, $80  |  Jeans, $90  |  Tank, $100  |  Sandal, $120  |  Belt, $35  |  Clutch, $28  |  Earrings, $20

Sophisticated Date Night

For the second look, I was inspired by how J.Crew featured the cardigan on their website. Pairing it with a white “column of color” is unexpected and it works so well. The white tones down the boldness of the print and make the whole look feel fresh. 

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White jeans that fit well and aren’t see through are hard to find. KUT by the Koth makes a fantastic pair for under $100; I also like NYDJ for it’s fit, quality and size range.

The tank you wear will depend on the white jeans you have because the whites should match. If one looks gray or yellow, you won’t achieve the look you are going for. Majestic makes fantastic layering pieces. From experience, they wash and wear well, but they are expensive. 

For accessories, a slim patent clutch, and barely-there patent sandals “grounds” the look.  If you like, you could add a belt. Here you could either button up the cardigan and wrap the belt on top, or, loop it through the belt loops and a half tuck your tank. 

I want to be someone who can wear fun accessories, and I try, I do. Here’s how these tassel earrings would go down in my life. I’d get dressed, put them in and at the very last second, feel ridiculous and replace them with my studs. But I am boring, don’t be like me. Plus, every post can’t feature the same pair of studs. 

How to Style a Leopard Cardigan for the Weekend

6 thoughts on “How to Style a Leopard Cardigan for the Weekend”

  1. I am obsessed with this cardigan. I wore it this week with black joggers, black tank, black chunky heel, and long gold necklace. It’s such a nice quality piece and one of my most favorite purchases in the last year! I can’t wait to try it with a white column of color.

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  2. I SO appreciate your posts and your beautiful style! I immediately ordered the navy jumpsuit from Nordstrom after reading that post and I LOVE it! I had been wanting to get one for awhile but was overwhelmed by options and what would be the right style for a petite frame. The jumpsuit fits like a dream and you were not kidding when you mentioned how comfortable it is!!
    Thank you so much for your daily inspiration and helping us all dress a little chic-er! 🙂

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  3. You forgot to ask yourself one of the best questions you have taught us to ask and one I ask now each time I buy something- what will be the cost per wear?? ?

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  4. Beautiful!!
    Banana Republic and Magaschoni ( the exact same like the Banana Republic one!! For way less) have actually an extremely similar cardigan and their fabric content is higher quality ( 45% wool,10% cashmere) , plus the color way is nice too.
    Thanks for your inspiration and great posts!! Love your blog!

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