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!

01/22/2015 Darling of the Day: Natalie Portman’s Tweed Dior Look for Less!


I’d like to start 2015 off right with some refined celebrity style inspiration & the year’s first Darling of the Day is none other than the always flawless Natalie Portman who attended a celebration in a navy top, Dior tweed skirt (& matching jacket on the chair behind her), opaque tights, & satin pointy toe pumps. The Oscar-winner looks chic & winter-ready in her elegant ensemble, perfect to inspire any office look. These separates are wardrobe essentials & can be mixed up for a variety of looks, especially a tweed skirt to pair with a moto jacket or ruffled blouse when heading to lunch or out for a night of cocktails.

Natalie Portman in Dior.

SHOP: top ($15.00) @JC Penney, skirt ($32.99) @Saks Off 5th, tights ($5.90) @Forever 21, & Lauren Ralph Lauren pumps ($39.99) @Lord & Taylor. TOTAL: $93.88.

For some stylish posts, check out more from Style Darling, including full red carpet galleries from this year’s Golden Globes & Critics Choice Movie Awards, as well as lookbooks from Jenny Packham, Tory Burch, Marchesa, & Badgley Mischka. Happy Styling!