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style challenge | leopard is a neutral

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a well-balanced closet is certain to include the classic leopard print and with the right styling, it can elevate your everyday look. accessories like handbags, belts, and shoes are a smart and easy way to infuse a little pizazz into your outfit. note the leopard shoes! a metallic block heel keeps this outfit grounded. the gold metallic belt adds symmetry.

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i’m certain many of you have heard that leopard is a neutral, but head j.crew designer, jenna lyons, says camo is too. since i’m a big fan of both patterns, why not combine the two? pattern mixing on steroids.

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whatever your thoughts are about camo, this is a print that has staying power. this year it’s popping up everywhere from fashion runways to street style celebrities. over the past few years, i’ve slowly added a camo tee, bomber jacket, scarf, and chinos. this pair was purchased three seasons ago and are a perennial favorite of mine. it’s just so versatile. for today’s style challenge, it’s paired with leopard shoes.

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what do you think ladies? are camo and leopard neutrals? my verdict is a resounding yes!


  • Renee November 21, 2016 at 9:29 am

    I usually love all of your outfits Beth. Sorry to say I am not a fan of this one. Maybe its because I keep seeing my grandsons in camo..and I can’t wear something they wear. So I have to pass on it…good thing we don’t all love the same things…and we have choices.

    • beth djalali November 21, 2016 at 11:16 am

      hi renee,

      isn’t it great to have options?! we live in such a diverse world with all sorts of differing viewpoints. but that’s what makes it interesting. camo is a controversial pattern, to say the least. whenever i wear it on the blog all sorts of conversation springs up.

      vive le difference!


  • Haralee November 21, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Too fun, came and leopard! I don’t have either in my wardrobe but I enjoy seeing it. Can’t help but see the flair.

    • beth djalali November 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

      both patterns, as well as stripes, have become wardrobe staples. but leopard and camo help me step out in style!


  • Brenda Coffee November 22, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Just a few years ago we wouldn’t have dreamed of mixing patterns and stripes, so camo and leopard comes as no surprise, but I’ll have to think on that. Of course EVERYTHING looks fabulous on you! xoxox, Brenda

    • Beth Djalali November 29, 2016 at 7:59 am

      awww, you always know just what to say!

  • Jen Lawrence November 22, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I agree that it’s a terrific neutral!

    • Beth Djalali November 29, 2016 at 7:59 am

      thanks, jen! it’s fun to see how fashion always pushes boundaries. leopard as a neutral is as common as white denim in winter. but twenty years ago both would have been taboo!

  • Donna November 23, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Leopard (except for accessories) and camo cannot be found in my closet. You wear both with panache… xoxo

    • Beth Djalali November 29, 2016 at 7:58 am

      leopard accessories are the best way to wear this versatile pattern.

  • Joanne November 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I love leopard and do wear it as neutral, paired with stripes, floral or check. Camo is a very relaxed print and I feel your sweater and block heel shoes are too classic for the look. Pair them with booties and a leather jacket and you’ll rock it.

    • Beth Djalali November 29, 2016 at 7:56 am

      i always love to hear different style viewpoints. isn’t it grand!

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