I have a confession: I’m scared of animal print. And while I do own a jaguar print skirt, it’s much less bold of an animal print and I actually thought the print was of poppy flowers when I first bought it! When my mom bought this leopard print cardigan for me a few weeks ago, I instantly had to turn my thinking cap on and figure out how I could wear it while still staying within my comfort zone. This was my first attempt. I decided that I was going to embrace the leopard print with open arms and flaunt it like it was meant to be worn. I was actually able to go sans leggings too for the first time in months thanks to the un-seasonably warm weather this weekend. And to make sure that the leopard print looked classy instead of tacky, I brought out my trusty Louboutins (a Valentine’s Day gift from Adrian over 5 years ago). Leopard print always calls for black patent. And the red sole actually happened to be a perfect match for the red skirt! Hopefully this outfit turned out classier than what you’d see in your typical 80’s sitcom rerun…
So why all the red? Well, Chinese New Year is right around the corner on Thursday, February 3, but my parents and I had a little celebration this evening. Red is said to bring good luck and you’re even supposed to wear red right down to your underwear (which I did, of course!). And while typically there are red envelopes involved, this year I got lucky and my parents actually gave me a Louis Vuitton Bellevue PM purse (twitpic)!! I can’t wait to start styling it in my daily outfits!
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P.S. For any of you guys who are into Louis Vuitton purses, they’re cheaper to buy in Europe. My dad travels to Germany frequently for work and Louis Vuittons are significantly cheaper there than in the U.S. (although I’ve heard it’s cheapest in France). Tourists are also tax-exempt and so you get that money back before leaving the country. So if you or anyone you know is traveling to Europe anytime, just something you might want to keep in mind. 🙂
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Love the leopard print! I'll admit, I'm a bit afraid of animal print as well but you make it look fabulous here! I've just recently started looking for a leopard cardigan myself. I'm feeling adventurous! 😉
Love the Louboutin's as well! Your boy has great taste!
i dont know why your scared of animal print, you look absolutely fabulous!
kristine [kristine. or polly.] says
That leopard print is great! You totally rock it.
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You rock the animal print, it looks fab on you 🙂 Happy Chinese new year too!
Emma at Daily Clothes Fix says
I love the leopard paired with the red and how you match down to the soles of your shoes. Very nice in a totally non-80s way. You look great.
I adore the print! And you look very beautiful as always!I started my blog recently you can have a look:)
My Heart Blogged says
You great in this, and I love it. I'm glad you flaunted, and it looks perfect with your louboutin's. When it gets colder out put the cardigan under a nice black blazer. I love a little animal print peeking out.
My Heart Blogged
A. I'm a little jealous of your purses! B. You rocked that leopard print like nobody's business! It looks great with the red!
loooove the shoes and that red skirt. cute. xoox jcd
Collette Osuna says
In CRAZY love with this entire outfit….love all the red!!
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Louboutins make any outfit look classy. Is this the first time you've worn them on the blog?? I can't recall any other time. Congrats on a new bag!! The twitpic isn't working for me 🙁 So instead I'll google for pics 🙂
Happy Chinese New Year to you, Kileen! Eat lots!
Ashley J says
Leopard print scares me too in big doses but I think you pulled it off! Congrats on the new purse, what an awesome gift!
A La Mode et Plus! says
I think you styled the print perfectly! You kept the rest of your outfit a solid color and very classic. You look terrific! And I adore your shoes, of course. Lucky girl on the purse!
It's hard to go wrong with red and leopard, but you can definitely have some fun with the print — emerald green, stripes, even florals can work – have fun remixing!
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@LyddieGal oh great ideas! i'll definitely have to try those out! 🙂
@My Heart Blogged oh this is a wonderful idea!! thank you so much for the tip! 🙂
No Guilt Fashion says
Very jealous of your bare legs. Too cold here today. It is only 10°…
Courtney Erin says
I'm a huge animal print fan and you pull it off so beautifully – I really love this look!
xoxo ~ Courtney
Whoo! The outfit is perfect! I was actually looking for a leopard-print scarf yesterday as I don't own anything animal-printed. This cardigan is certainly bold and it needs a big, bright personality to go along with it. See, perfect combo already.
I also looooove Chinese New Years! I love all the food and the celebration and the hoopla that goes with it.
Love the Louboutins and leopard print! So cute. I think this outfit is perfect. And love the LV purse too, you lucky girl!
Wow Kileen, those are some serious calf muscles!….I'm so jealous!! I have to admit that I've always embraced animal print with open arms. I guess I see it so much in the Ann Taylor flyers and such that it's one of my favorite prints to wear. I really like how you mixed the bright red with the animal print, they really seem to compliment each other.
Great leopard print 😉
You look stunning!!!
I have to admit I am also afraid of animal print. I'm always afraid that I will come off too "sexy." But you did a great job with this sweater. It looks very 50s, adorable to me. I'm not sure why, but this outfit is sure cute!
BTW I also love your Louboutins. Are those Pigalles? I don't own any. I've been hinting at my bf, but I don't think he will budge. How did you get your bf to get you some?
Kileen! Don't be afraid of leopard.. you've done it so tastefully my dear. You look polished from head to toe. 🙂 I for one, LOVE animal print.. and go as far as to mixing them together. Yes, I'm crazy!
Oooo and I love Chinese New Year (even though I'm not Chinese)!! Here on Maui, there's always a fun celebration!! AND the lion dance.. my fav. Plus yummy Chinese! The place I work (they provide us with a meal anytime we work) always makes awesome Chinese food during Chinese New Year week.
I hope you're enjoying the rest of your weekend!!!
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I love your shoes and leopard print cardigan! 🙂 Looks so pretty!
You totally rock the animal print look, Kileen! I love this red skirt of yours. I can tell it's one of your favorites these days. 🙂
Your wardrobe is amazing!
I Looooovvvveee leopard prints!!! it look good on you, you should wear them more often. You are such a lucky girl!! I want LV purses!! used to have tons of their collections and end up selling them in ebay because I want tivoli GM lol
Cant wait for Chinese New Year!!
ooooh do you know how great you look? The colour combination is amazing, you look beautiful and your shoes are stunning!! This outfit has it all 🙂
i love mochi says
your outfit is just perfect! i don't own anything in leopard print, but now i want to go prowling for a piece, hehe.
The leopard paired with red is beautiful on you! Yay for the new LV bag – can't wait to see it with your outfits – your parents are so thoughtful!
When I saw your post title I thought you were going to be in head-to-toe leopard lol! You look great, and have pulled off the animal print beautifully! As long as you keep it to one bold piece, it is totally not overwhelming!
Really Petite says
I like this leopard look! I don't think it's too much at all! And I had no idea you had a pair of Loubie's! YAY! They look great on you!
OH that leopard print is just FABULOUS on you! I love it especially with the red skirt and the shoes.
Don't be scared of it, it's great on you!
I love this outfit so much! Red goes with leopard really well. Oh and I'm OBSESSED with your loubutins! I want a pair so badly:)
The outfit is absolutely sexy! Leopard used to be really cheap and very bold a couple of years ago… now its completely sexy and fabulous! I love the pairing with the swing skirt, makes it look more flirty and fun.
@Banhannas Thanks, girlie! I'll have to figure out another way to rock the leopard print cardi! 🙂
The buttons on the skirt just make the look. So cute!
Natasha xoxo says
A red skirt can really lively-up an outfit! Love the look.
Tiffany - I am Style-ish says
I'm not a fan of animal print for myself but you pulled it off well! love this outfit. And what wonderful parents! My parents used to come home with gifties of Chanel and LV all the time when I was younger. Ah, I miss those days! LOL! I have those Loubies, I forget to wear them, I need to bring them out after seeing them on you! So cute.
Oh and yes, I buy a LV bag every time I go to France because it's a good amount of savings. And you don't technically get your tax savings back before you leave the country (at least I haven't) you have to go to the customs place where you submit a form and then it takes a few weeks for them to process it and then you'll get a check in the mail.
@Tiffany – I am Style-ish oh yes, thanks for letting me know about how the tax exemption worked! my dad mentioned it but didn't go into specifics. and i can't wait to see your Loubies too! 🙂