Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Leopard and stripes

I guess I have a thing for mixing stripes and leopard print. Sometimes when I mix patterns I try to combine them tastefully, but other times - like here - I really just want to throw together an odd combination just for the fun of it. In retrospect I don't love that I rolled up my blazer sleeves to show the striped sleeves - I think it would have looked more polished with the sleeves rolled down. (Although really, with a leopard print hat and a huge blue-green necklace, was I ever going to achieve "polished"?)

Combining these jeans and boots (here, here and here) is apparently my go-to look for when Josh and I go out to eat and I want to be comfortable but still wear heels. On Saturday when I wore this we walked downtown for lunch and a bit of bridesmaid dress shopping. (And in case you're wondering, Josh did not have to suffer through watching me try on dresses! He went to the video game store.) My friend Rachel is getting married in a few months and she's letting all the bridesmaids pick out their own dresses as long as they're gray. The other three bridesmaids have their dresses already, but I apparently have hit a wall. I've been to dozens of stores, visited about forty online retailers, and have yet to find a dress that is 1) In stock in my size (which is 8), 2) In my price range ($150 or less), 3) Solid gray with no patterns, and 4) Something I would wear again after the wedding. All I'm finding are dresses that I love that cost about $300, or dresses that look skanky and are way too short or show too much cleavage. Help! Do any of you have suggestions for where I could look for a dress? I've tried local boutiques, as well as a lot of big name stores (Asos, Topshop, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Macy's, Nordstrom, TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshall's, Nordstrom Rack, etc.).

PS - Stay tuned later for a post filled with adorable photos of my dog Onyx!

Striped top: H&M
Black blazer: Fred Meyer
Jeans: Levi's from Urban Outfitters
Beige wedge boots: Urban Outfitters
Leopard print hat: Albertus Swanepoel for Target
Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta from TJ Maxx
Blue and green necklace: purchased in Florence, Italy
Bracelet: In Pink


  1. I feel like that always happens when you are looking for something specific - you can never find it!!

    I almost wore practically this same outfit yesterday, only it was a camel blazer and i took off the feodra last minute because I was also wearing leopard gloves, haha.

  2. Dude. I have had this same problem as of late. I am doing the same thing for my bridesmaids (just has to be taupe). We went to every single store under the sun and apparently no one is selling DRESSES right now! Unless they are for clubbing. I will tell you that, of all the places, one of my bridesmaids found her dress at Dress Barn. I know, I know, but she has the prettiest dress of the others so far (not to be judgy or anything).

    I love the stripes and leopard. Good luck on your search!

    1. Alright, I'm totally going to Dress Barn! I never would have thought of that, so thanks!

  3. Hi, Stacey - I've been looking for a dress for a wedding (that I'm attending), myself! And it's not all that fun. Here's a couple of sites where I've found some cute dresses, just in case you haven't already come across them.



    Good hunting! 8 )

    1. Thank you, Heather! Jen Clothing has some really cute gray dresses - yay! I'll have to take a closer look at them later.


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