It's no secret here that I love leopard print. I made a DIY leopard print pumpkin with it, and have chairs in my home covered in the print. All my leopard love is well documented here.
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This outfit has been on heavy repeat for the past 2 months. When in doubt of what to wear, this is one of about 3 go-to's I reach for. The leopard print maxi skirt is so easy to wear and comfortable (hello, elastic waistband and stretchy material), and this turtleneck is my absolute favorite because it keeps its shape and is made of the most comfortable fabric. During Black Friday, I ordered more of these turtlenecks because I don't ever want to be without one (this particular one I purchased last year.)
I realize not everyone loves a turtleneck – I thought I hated them until I tried this one. It's a thin, yet luxe-feeling fabric and it is a very versatile layering piece, in addition to being able to wear it alone. AND IT'S AVAILABLE IN SIZES 00-40!!! 🎉
If you truly are anti-turtleneck, not to fear! You could easily pair this skirt with any other top. This v-neck top is the same fabric and fit. You could even wear a button-down chambray top or a button-down blouse. Or, make it more casual and throw on a chunky knit sweater for extra coziness.
The side slits on the skirt are a great style element without being too risque. If you don't want to show off your calves, you could always layer this with tights.
I have to touch on these booties because they are amazing and I feel like I found a shoenicorn (get it? Shoe Unicorn? Just me?) They are from one of my favorite brands, Vionic. Ever since I had ankle surgery after the half marathon anklegate disaster, I've had to be very careful with the support of the shoes I wear. Having a size 11W foot doesn't help matters.
These booties have an open heel and a buckle, with the most amazing faux tortoiseshell heel detail. I have thick ankles, especially the one that had surgery, and I was shocked when these actually buckled. I have Vionic brand shoes that I've worn for years of repeated wear (RIP Leopard Print Pointy Toed Flats.) They are super high quality and worth every penny, especially if you're orthopedically challenged like me.
Photos by Charity Hedges, Hedges Photography
One final styling note: This look is easily layered for even cooler weather. You can easily add a denim jacket or a moto jacket to this for more warmth. Skip the booties and go for fleece-lined tights and tall boots. Here's a bad hotel mirror selfie of me wearing my favorite moto jacket with this top and skirt, paired with my favorite wide width flats as I was at a conference walking a lot.