SHOP NOW!: Once Upon a Leopard Print Pencil Skirt…

I’d like to write a whole fairy tale about one princess’ quest to find the perfect leopard print pencil skirt, but when I, as a fashion blogger, can make this story a reality, it’s probably better to just get right to the point. As the transition of seasons approaches, most may think that pastels & lighter weight pieces must be hidden in the back of the closet & taken out of rotation, but that’s not the case when it comes to a versatile leopard print piece. Whether wearing the popular pattern as a top or bottom, or through accessories, it’s timeless for any Style Darling & presents a unique styling opportunity.

However, when it comes to a professional look that offers both creativity & boldness, I recommend a leopard print pencil skirt. This is one of my power pieces—in lieu of a preferred power suit. Leopard print can include any color combination from the traditional golden-khaki-black to fun & bright tones too.

SHOP: leopard print high-waist pencil skirt @New York & Company (on sale: $34.97, available in sizes XS-XL).

SHOP: leopard-print scuba skirt @New York & Company (on sale: $19.48, available in sizes XS-XXL).

These skirts can be paired with a button down shirt & stilettos, tee/cardigan combo with pointed ballet flats, scoop neck sweater & statement necklace, or cami/blazer + drop earrings, which is only the beginning, playing up different hues. Try a red, mustard, burgundy, or olive top with a more neutral-toned leopard skirt or for the yellow, pink, & blue option shown, mix it up with a pinstripe shirt with tennis shoes, ombre tee & denim jacket, or pastel sweater set & platforms to emphasize your softer side—no matter the trends or season.

How would you style these leopard print pencil skirts? How often do you wear pencil skirts? What’s your go-to work ensemble? For more stylish posts, check out: fabric headbands from Old Navy, Zendaya’s most gorgeous green looks, flattering & fall-ready peplum cardigans, & the most controversial red carpet looks from the MTV VMAs! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Let Your Leopard Trench Do All The Work!

Sometimes when you’re putting an outfit together & a jacket is the best way to complete your look, you need something more than a basic beige, gray, or black piece of outerwear, which is why I’ve chosen to feature the leopard print trench coat ($30.00) from Charlotte Russe.

It’s currently marked down from its original $39.99 price tag & is available in sizes XS – XL.  It’s perfect for dressing up an all-black ensemble, or if you’d like to show off your personality against this season’s trend of brightly colored jeans.

If you’re looking to add a little leopard into your wardrobe, just make sure that when you put your outfit together that this is the only animal-inspired piece.  You don’t wanna look like you’re wearing a costume, especially when this look is just so chic when worn with neutrals & other minimal pieces.

While the weather is still transitioning from cool to warm in these early days of spring, at least here in New York, it’s good to keep a stylish trench in reach for more than just those pesky rainy days.  If you’re out & about on a cool morning, throw this on with any office look consisting of a skirt suit or cardigan & trousers separates.  Not to mention that this trench makes a statement that you’re not afraid to take fashion risks.  Of course, bold red or fuchsia trenches are feminine & flirty- that goes without saying, but why not try something as timeless as leopard print?

To check out more animal-inspiration love featured here on Style Darling, take a look at ballet flats from Nine West, a wrap top from Target, & tips on how to revamp your accessories collection in The $100 Challenge! Also, for more from Quickie Darling Deal & Steal, check out some recent posts including flat fever for spring @Payless, clearance deals @White House Black Market, & a bright dress from ASOS! Happy Styling!