Leopard for Less

Chicago fashion blogger Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins styling a leopard print skirt with a Gucci belt.

You guys will never believe where I found this pleated leopard print skirt… And it’s currently marked down to $30! As I’m sure you know, not all animal prints are created equal… I usually find that inexpensive pieces tend to look cheap when it comes to leopard print, but I think this one is definitely the exception!

Fashion blogger wearing a black bodysuit with a Gucci belt and pleated skirt.

I love how this leopard print has just three colors; brown, black, and cream. Typically, most leopard prints have some camel hues mixed in, and that is usually where things go awry on the inexpensive side. (And of course the size and shape of the spots, but that’s a different story altogether… )

I don’t know why, but I feel like you can tell the quality of a piece based on the shade of camel it is… Call me crazy, but pay attention next time you’re shopping. Cheaper camel colors tend to have a weird greenish/yellow tint, where more expensive fabrics have some warmer, orange-ish undertones. Finding the right shade of camel makes all the difference!

But since this skirt omits camel all together, you really can’t tell that how inexpensive it really is.ย And with just three classic colors, it’sย so easy to wear! Just pair it with a sleek black top or a chunky cream sweater and you’ve got yourself an outfit. I’ve even worn a jean jacket over the top to give it more of a casual vibe! And if it’s chilly, throw on a pair of black tights for an added layer of warmth. I know I’ll be wearing for months to come!

Chicago personal stylist Jessica Sturdy styling Quay brown sunglasses with a black turtleneck and leopard print skirt.

Chicago fashion influencer wearing a pleated skirt with a Gucci belt.

Chicago fashion and beauty blogger Bows & Sequins wearing a leopard print skirt with a black turtleneck.

Lifestyle blogger Bows & Sequins styling a leopard skirt for fall.

Shop the Look…

J.Crew Black Bodysuit (old; similar here & here)
Pleated Leopard Midi Skirt
Gucci Belt
Polene Bag
Quay Sunglasses
Kendra Scott Earrings
Marc Fisher Booties

Chicago blogger wearing a Polene handbag.

Chicago fashion influencer Bows & Sequins styling a black turtleneck with a leopard skirt.

Chicago blogger Bows & Sequins styling a black turtleneck with a pleated skirt and Gucci belt.

Chicago influencer Bows & Sequins styling a fall outfit in Bucktown.

Chicago stylist Jessica Sturdy wearing a black turtleneck bodysuit with a Gucci belt and Kendra Scott hoop earrings.

Chicago fashion blogger styling a pleated leopard skirt.

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  1. 11.21.19
    Lori S H said:

    What a great fall look!

  2. 11.21.19
    patricia said:

    I’ve shopped at JcPenny my entire life and there stuff is always good quality. Yeah, its probably the most trendiest places but they do carry good quality items.

  3. 11.21.19
    minau said:

    Awesome ensemble!

  4. 12.5.19
    Brynne said:

    I bought this skirt and LOVE IT!! Thank you for posting about it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 12.5.19
      Jessica said:

      Yay, so glad to hear that! Thank you for letting me know! xx