Friday, September 30, 2011

In the leopard business



I usually take a few liberties with 'business professional' on days when I don't have as many meetings. Animal print is a trend that I fully embrace in my casual attire, and part of this blog is about incorporating my everyday style into work-appropriate looks.  I am a firm believer that this can look very classy and sophisticated in an office setting as long as it's done right.  By 'done right,' I mean:

1) nothing shorter than knee length
2) nothing inappropriately tight
3) no more than 1 animal print piece or accessory per outfit
4) keep the rest of the look simple and classic
4) behave like a lady*

*this is actually an everyday guideline, but I thought I'd just slip it in there for good measure

...so that's it.  When you find yourself walking out the door wondering if your animal print is 'too much' - ask yourself this: "Will anyone who sees me today have any reason to reference Peg Bundy?"  If the answer is YES- change clothes immediately. Please.  If the answer is NO- have a great day, Gorgeous! ;)






Charter Club skirt (similar), Zara blouse, AT Loft necklaces (similar), Vince Camuto pumps, Michael Kors watch, F21 bracelet and rings, NY&Co earrings (similar), Francesca's Collection clutch (similar), DG shades from TJ Maxx (similar)

49 comments:

  1. you look absolutely stunning Sarah! Love the skirt and the necklaces :) very lady like :)

    Happy Friday!

    xxx,

    Fashion Fractions

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  2. Love the animal print skirt! No Peg Bundy here. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Love the Peg Bundy reference. Love this skirt! Gorgeous as always.

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  4. I often have to scale back my creativity for work when I really just want to mix patterns and rock the animal prints. You've really pulled this off. Gorgeous!

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  5. That skirt is fantastic! It looks stunning on your figure, and this has to be one of my favorite looks so far.

    Love love love.

    xx
    thistimeisacharm.blogspot.com

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  6. We need a Francesca's in Chicago stat...Love that clutch! Leopard can be done properly for work, I totally agree with you...if it is a dress, I suggest sleeves otherwise it can get too cocktail lookin ;)

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  7. GORGEOUS! Perfectly acceptable for the office. Its a fun professional look and so chic!

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  8. This is a great business look yet still on trend! love your 'done right' tips! Very cute!

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  9. i love this skirt! you look amazing.

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  10. So chic! I LOVE that leopard skirt! The whole outfit is gorgeous. Lovely!

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  11. I want that skirt! I like the way you put it together :)
    xo
    www.aminuteinthelifeofmaria.blogspot.com

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  12. leopard looks so nice on you ; )please can you check out my blog?
    blanchiffon.blogspot.com

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  13. This look is absolutely amazing! You made it very work appropriate and not Peggy Bundy at all! Love it!

    Heather

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  14. You are so gorgeous! I adore this outfit. The skirt is perfection! xx

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  15. Love this look and your tips on appropriate business attire. This skirt is one I need to find!! - Katy

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  16. LOOOOOOOOVE! That is a MOST fabulous leopard print skirt. I love the balance of the slightly loose blouse with the slim pencil skirt. The skirt looks FAB on you! LOVELY LOVELY!

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  17. You look amazing..I love this classic (with a twist) look.
    I will admit I do have a tight, somewhat short leopard print dress that I love to wear...it definitely breaks all the rules...but I don't wear it to work (wait I don't work..haha)...and I only wear it with my daughter if I'm wearing tights under it..haha

    Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

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  18. um...stunning!! That skirt is hot sauce and you are workin it!! Happy weekend lady. xo

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  19. Wow. This is animal print done right for the office. Super-classy!

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  20. Linda!! I love leo...kisses from Brazil ~.~

    http://www.diariodocoquefrouxo.blogspot.com/

    @MissJota

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  21. Oh, I'm loving this leopard business Sarah! You look classy and sophisticated. Sorry that I haven't been replying to your comments as frequent - school has been getting quite hectic!

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  22. Sarah, I love the Peg Bundy reference! HAHAHAHA So true! You look amazing. I love that skirt. It's just the right length and great shoes :D! Have an awesome weekend!
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/
    SassyUptownChic xoxo Kim

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  23. Hey Sarah, check my blog I gave you an award! WOOT
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/
    SassyUptownChic xoxo Kim

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  24. Let me just say that you look fabulous. I love the skirt, the shoes, the...ALL of it! And I like the length of the skirt as well. Good questions to ask when dressing for work. Actually, I had to laugh but, oh so true. If there is any hesitation or question when dressing for work about the outfit then you shouldn't wear it. I am so glad I found your blog. And again, you look fabulous - I love it all!

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  25. I found you through another blog and I love your blog name, and your style! That skirt is AMAZING!!!!!!! You look so good in it. Hope you have a good weekend.

    Bekah @ Matters of Merrymaking

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  26. I love your rules - and you look amazing in that skirt!!

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  27. rockabilly fantasticness, i love
    xo veritableally.net

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  28. love your skirt!


    www.elblogdechuchus.blogspot.com

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  29. You make me chuckle. There is certainly nothing Peg Bundy about this outfit!

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  30. Love the Peg Bundy line-- and the skirt!

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  31. Hehe - I dig the Peg reference! You look really great! Love how you toned down the look without de-emphasizing the skirt.

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  32. Adorable look! I love a good pencil skirt! And that one is amazing. Just followed you with GFC :)

    Stop by some time at http://stylelustpages.com!
    xo,Cortnie

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  33. Perfect outfit. Perfect fit. Perfect rules.

    all in all. Perfect ;)

    OBSESSED with the skirt AND the heels.

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  34. LOVE! you have SUCH a classy, professional style that i just adore!!!!

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  35. wow amazing leo skirt..looks fab:)kisses La Folie 

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  36. Gorgeous darling! Love.
    That skirt is perfection. Especially digging that black and white photo!
    C

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  37. OMG! I am in LOVE with this outfit!!! It's perfect for work!! If only I could pull off this tight skirt though.

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  38. I LOVE this skirt!!!
    THank you for your comment!!

    xx
    Luciana
    http://lucelove4fashion.blogspot.com/

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  39. amazing skirt!! thanx for your comment! kisses

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  40. So pretty, ladylike and elegant look! Beautiful skirt! Great style and blog btw! Thank u so much for visiting mine, if u ever want to visit it again- u're more than welcome!:)
    kisses
    Jelena (glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com)

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  41. This skirt is AMAZING. Absolutely the best animal print piece I have seen - and, of course, there are a lot out there. Very classy yet chic! Lovely piece! :)

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  42. woww.. Love the skirt and the necklace.. very unique and bold.!!

    http://fictitious-fashion.blogspot.com/
    -Akanksha

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  43. amazing outfit!!
    <3
    I'll follow your blog!
    check my blog and follow if you like
    xoxo

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