WhatIWore: I have a lot of leopard in my closet. Whether it’s a coat, scarf or pair of shoes, an animal print easily takes a basic outfit and makes it a lot more bold. I bought my first leopard coat (faux and vintage!) online six years ago and have been loving it every since! I fact, it’s so well worn that the lining needs repair, so when I saw another version for a bargain in an antique store, I went for it. Here are four ways I’ve styled them over the years. See more leopard outfits from my archives here.
- Make sure the listing says the coat comes from a smoke free home. My first coat did not and took me a long time to get the smell out (I tried everything from dry cleaning to baking soda and finally threw it in the washer)
- Vintage sizes are different from modern sizes, so double check the garment measurements against a coat that fits you well.
- Remember that sixties’ styles often feature boxy silhouettes and bracelet length (read: short) sleeves. Keep that in mind if the garment isn’t shown on a model.
WhatIWore: Any regular readers here at What I Wore know that when I love a piece of clothing, I’m not afraid to repeat it. If I were my regular size these days, I’d be all about repeating the outfits shown here - 20 of my favorites from past spring seasons. I think a few of them might still work (the black knit maxi below is totally a maternity style that I wore for years before becoming pregs) and of course I can still rock a denim or army jacket. I just have to be a little more creative!
It’s fun to look back and see the themes that define my personal style over the years - colored denim, stripes, polka dots, scarves and chambray. I’m nearly into my eighth (can you believe it?) year of daily outfit photos and I think it will be wonderful to some day in the future to look back and have not only a huge body of work, but a gateway into so many memories. I can still tell you what I was doing on most of these days… whether it was warm or freezing when we took the photo, or if I woke up on the right side of the bed. It’s my personal costume history!
I was thinking the other day how great it would be to do a ten year retrospective at a modern art museum after I hit that milestone. Wouldn’t you just flip out if your own mom had done something like this back in the late 60s or 70s? Or your grandmother in the 40s and 50s? No matter how long I continue to write What I Wore, I’ll always be proud of myself for sticking with it this long.
I thought you might enjoy seeing some of these spring styles for your own inspiration so I’ve linked up to the original posts by title. If you want more more more, head over to my GALLERY, for all of my outfit photos since late 2009. I’d love to hear if you have a favorite or have worn a similar outfit on facebook!
WhatIWore: As the winter draws to a (quick!?) end and spring gets closer, I like to start incorporating more bright colors into my closet. Sometimes that means shopping for a few new things (I really want this sweater!) or just rotating in my spring clothes from storage. I’ve done a pink round up before, but I really like these updated outfits too (especially the pink scarf!) Gotta wear that more. Above 1 | 2 | 3 | 4