The One with All of the Leopard

Forty is the New FortyI love leopard print. It makes me feel just a wee bit naughty and scandalous while (if done right) maintaining all of my fab. This outfit was me stepping out a little. I would NEVER in a million years pair leopard print shoes with an *entire* leopard print outfit, but when I was pulling the outfit together the shoes kept calling me, lol. I tried them on and something about it just felt right. Now, when I looked back at the pics I have to admit it made me feel a little squeamish, but I figured “oh well” its done now. If I can be applauded in public I can be (constructively) criticized too, right? Part of what I want to do with this blog and with the Forty is the New Forty website in general is push boundaries and debunk stereotypes and preconceived notions about what it means to be of a certain age – or really ANY rules that feel restrictive. Yes, I may be getting kinda deep and I’m only talking about shoes, but you follow me in general don’t you? In any event, if you don’t like the shoes, let me know why? Do they just *not* work or are you just following old standby fashion rules?  How would you have styled this outfit? What shoe and hair choices? Would you have gone with a different top or skirt to break up the pattern? Talk to me. Let me know what’s on your mind. I’m curious! 😉


TopAsos (sold out) but here is one deeply discounted; Skirt: River Island (sold out) but here are a few cute options here and here: Shoes: Hella old. Like ancient. But I am COVETING these. They have been sold out in my size for months, but I know they are waiting for mama to come and bring them back on home; Coat: Also, quite old. A great camel coat is a staple for your wardrobe – cashmere if you can swing it – but a nice ole’ wool blend will do you just fine as long as it doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles. 😉 I love this one and this one and you might want to splurge and try this one.


The One with the Lime Skirt & Fur

LimePeplum2These are actually from a few weeks ago. I wasn’t going to post them because the weather was starting to change – but then…20 degrees so.

I got this skirt a while back from asos in lime (and black – because I’m obsessive like that) and loved it so much I wanted to find a reason to dress up and wear it every day. The fur coat is a funky vintage find. I’m not gonna make you mad and tell you how much I paid (ok, I lied $30!!!!) but it would be worth so much more just for the lining and heavy, metal buttons alone. There is some shopping information below, but not much, I apologize.

(faux-tographer: Kaia Burke)

Coat: Vintage (similar-ish here and here); Blouse: Asos (sold out, but this is similar); Skirt: Asos (also sold out, but it also comes in this SICK black and white and this pink – be warned that these skirts are made of neoprene it looks fly, but it doesn’t give very much. I bought the pink and returned it, its really a faded, dusty rose); Shoes: Zara (old – but in case you want to invest in a pair of patent leather stilettos – and you should – try one of these: here or here or here)

The One with the Army Green


I can’t even hold y’all up. It’s hard to keep it ‘chic’ in this weather. It’s messing with my style chi (yes that’s a thing). This sweater is one of the highlights of my winter though! I could wear it EVERY DAY if the powers that be didn’t frown upon that sort of thing. It’s so comfortable. Also, I should make a disclaimer – this jacket is not mine. It is my sixteen year old daughter’s coat. I bought it for her and as soon as it came I wanted one, but it was sold out (whomp, whomp) so now I ‘borrow’ it from her from time to time. Also, these olive green faux leather pants were $10 from H&M. I just wanted to say that. #carryon

Jacket: Asos (similar here and here); Sweater: H&M (sadly it’s sold out but this is similar and really cute); Pants: H&M (sold out, but there are a ton of options online: try these and these for starters); Shoes: Zara (sold out too, these and these are really similar)



The One with all the Red Plaid


I know it’s kinda Christmas-y, but I LOVE red plaid and it seemed fitting with the snow and all.

Get into it.

Jacket: J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer (old, but check out this color (click on the mineral); Blouse: Asos; Pant: Asos (old, but they are on clearance now. Also try these (not for everybody); Shoes: Urban Outfitter (not the same, but these would be just as cute with this outfit)