Leopard & Leather (NYC Pt. 4)

by Jessica Sturdy on September 13, 2011

My obsession with leopard is a little over the top so it’s no surprise my IFB Conference outfit featured my J.Crew leopard-print shirt. I had been creating the look in my head for a few weeks but didn’t actually try it on until the night before I left. Sometimes when I’m envisioning an outfit in my head it either totally works or totally sucks when I put it on. Thank goodness it worked!

I’ve been dying to wear these leather shorts I picked up in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Like I mentioned in my fall trends post, I wanted to incorporate some leather into my wardrobe this fall. What better place to break out the leather shorts than NYC?

The animal print and leather combination can look a little tough, so I made the outfit a little more girly with lots of gold jewelry, a necklace with pearls, and suede wedges (my beloved Sam Edelman Javi pair). When I purchased these wedges, I had NO idea how much I would wear them. I’ve worn them constantly this summer (here, here, here, here, and here) and I know I’ll be wearing them for the better part of fall, too!

I NEVER wear lip color! I’ve always been too scared. I purchased two colors a couple of months ago, but have been too much of a chicken to wear them. I made myself get over it and just wear it in NYC and I LOVED it. Newly converted lip stick wearer, right here! :)

I wore my cloche hat to the conference to keep my hair dry and frizz-free under my umbrella. Wednesday night after the conference I swapped the leather shorts for skinny jeans, the wedges for black and gold Tory Burch flats, and added a black cashmere wrap. I couldn’t get a picture of this outfit because it wouldn’t stop raining and I was too exhausted to find a place for photos. My apologies!

Shirt: J.Crew
Leather Shorts: Trouve (similar)
Shoes: Sam Edelman Javi
Necklace: Express
Bracelets: Express, Vintage, Forever 21
Watch: Michael Kors (similar)
Ring: Forever 21
Bow Stud Earrings: Marc By Marc Jacobs
Nails: Essie Chinchilly
Toes: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

I hope you love my IFB Conference outfit as much as I did! Check back tomorrow for my post all about the conference and the amazing people I got to meet! :)

(Photog: Ellen)

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Amber from Real Girl Glam September 13, 2011 at 8:13 am

I totally know what you mean about a look either working or sucking & mine usually suck! LOL Obviously yours worked because you look great. I think this was a perfect look for the conference and the lip color looks fantastic!!! Definitely keep wearing it. :)


Jessica September 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

Thanks Amber! Isn’t it funny how something that looks so great in your head can look so not great in real life??


rosie September 13, 2011 at 9:18 am


It was great to meet you at IFBcon. You looked fabulous and I love ur business cards.




Jessica September 14, 2011 at 9:31 am

It was also great to meet you Rosie! You and your girlfriends were a riot! :)


simplicityisultimatesophistication September 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

You look awesome!! I love those shorts! They are on my fall list as well…or something leather- maybe a pencil skirt?? Also, love the lip color…you can totally pull it off & you look great!


Jessica September 14, 2011 at 9:30 am

Thanks Alysson!! :)


bravoerunway September 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

This is a gorgeous outfit, love how you mixed the leopard and leather together! I am still trying to decide if I want a pair of leather shorts or a skirt! Can’t wait to read your post tomorrow!


Jessica September 14, 2011 at 9:29 am

Thanks! I’m debating whether I should get a skirt…. Can’t decide!


Fashion By Alicia September 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

What a fun look! I love the mix of leopard and leather. So fun. I really want to get something leather, but I am leaning toward a skirt because I hate shorts. But the leather shorts look great on you.


Jessica September 14, 2011 at 9:29 am

Forever 21 had a tan leather skirt that was pretty cute!


Brienne Michele (@Briennemichele) September 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm

You look GORGEOUS! Love this outfit so much! :) What color are you wearing on your lips?


Jessica September 14, 2011 at 9:28 am

Thank you!! :) My lip color is CoverGirl “Flame”


Jennifer September 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I loved your outfit at the conference! I thought the combination of leopard shirt and leather shorts was absolute perfection.


Jessica September 14, 2011 at 9:27 am

Thanks Jennifer!


My Dressy Ways September 14, 2011 at 8:09 am

LOVE IT! You’re rockin it girl!


Jessica September 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

Thanks! :)


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