Every once in a while I will be walking around the office and someone will tell me that they wish they could wear a [something] like that, but they would look silly. Each time I hear that, I always feel a little sad and try to give an impromptu styling session. Occasionally, I go so far as to make some Polyvore sets to illustrate my point. Last June, I posted about how everyone can wear a big ass necklace and this week I'm back to prove that leopard cardigans are a wardrobe staple ever since someone proclaimed "I like that but I would look like a jungle cat".
Jeans + tank + cardie + necklace = Casual and put together. This is a foolproof outfit for running errands, going shopping, working on Friday, or taking your kid to gymnastics. It looks way trendier than a fleece jacket and still works with a ponytail.
Leopard at Work
I've recently discovered how much I love leopard paired with jewel tones. I randomly hung my cardigan next to a peacock blue tank top and immediately saw what I was missing out on. Since then I've been trying it with all sorts of colors and find it looks great over blouses for work. Add dark trouser jeans or black or brown pants and you're set!
I keep saying over and over that cardigan + dress = skinny. The same formula applies here, and not just when the dress is black. Colors, even small allover patterns like dots, look refreshed with a fun top layer. Add a belt if you like and you'll look like you put thought into your ensemble.
And finally, here is my top pick if you're looking to pick up a cardigan of your own:
Ann Taylor Wild Leopard V-Neck Cardigan - $78