Leopard & Leather (NYC Pt. 4)

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

(Photog: Ellen)

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  1. 9.13.11

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 9.14.11
      Jessica said:

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

  2. 9.13.11
    rosie said:


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



    • 9.14.11
      Jessica said:

      It was also great to meet you Rosie! You and your girlfriends were a riot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 9.13.11

    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!

  4. 9.13.11

    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!

    • 9.14.11
      Jessica said:

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

  5. 9.13.11
    Fashion By Alicia said:

    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.

    • 9.14.11
      Jessica said:

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

  6. 9.13.11

    You look GORGEOUS! Love this outfit so much! ๐Ÿ™‚ What color are you wearing on your lips?

    • 9.14.11
      Jessica said:

      Thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ My lip color is CoverGirl “Flame”

  7. 9.13.11
    Jennifer said:

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

  8. 9.14.11

    LOVE IT! You’re rockin it girl!