The Year of the Leopard

Las month I got a text from one of my stylish dandies {that's a dapper who's gay} that read "Black, navy, animal print. Think about." And think about it I did. I've never owned animal print. I'm leary of it being a bit too 21-year-old in too-high-heels in the Meatpacking Districts ... meets 45-year-old trying-too-hard cougar in Miami. Am I crazy? But when I saw one at JCrew, I decided to take the plunge & find ways to make it my "preppy, feminine, vintage" personal style. 

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My theory was mixing patterns with the stripes & adding a colorful pin to keep it feeling young, plus a bun & pearls to keep it classy. My version of a fashion equation. 

{Shirt: JCrew, Cardigan: Nordstrom, Jeans: JCrew, Belt: JCrew, Necklace: Forever21, Pin: Forever21, Shoes: DSW, Bag: Theit Photographer's Bag} 

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What's something you've been hesitant to wear? What is it that you're afraid it might look or not look like?

with grace & gumption, Hilary 

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