A Night Out – All Black with Leopard Print
Happy Wednesday! I’m back today with another addition to our Style Series. Since we’ve been showing so many casual outfits on the blog, we figured it was about time to showcase a dressier ensemble.
I really don’t have to dress up too often, usually only for date nights, drinks with girlfriends, or family dinners in the city. But when those occasions do come around, I often opt for similar outfits.
I usually reach for all of the black pieces in my closet because they just feel more pulled together, dressy, and classic. Plus I can then add a dramatic lip or, in this case, a pop of pattern.
I recently got this clutch from Ann Taylor and I’ve been loving it. I had been eyeing a few different leopard bags for some time, but I didn’t pull the trigger until this one was 50% off! That’s when I pounced. I guess the leopard print brought out my inner wild cat when it came time to buy! Looks like it’s currently out of stock, but I almost bought this one from Etsy if you want one for yourself.
This is the first time I’ve ever had a clutch that doesn’t have a handle, and I must admit it takes a little getting used to! But the little tuck under the arm isn’t so bad once you get used to it. And this purse can hold a lot! I’ll often move some items from my work bag to a smaller purse when I go out for the night, and this one can hold so much that I don’t have to be too choosy with everything I throw in there. Chapstick or lipstick? Throw in both!
I love the leopard because it goes with all the things! I just used it for a wedding and wore a bright blue dress, and it matched perfectly. Gotta love items in your closet that come in handy with just about any ensemble.
The top is actually new and I love it! I don’t often shop at Zara, but I popped in there one night after work and decided to look around. They have some items that are a bit too wild or fashion forward for me, but they also have some classic pieces with a bit of an edge…like this top. For work & everyday wear, I don’t often follow trends. Instead I just go with what I like. But for “going out” wear, I certainly don’t mind adding an edgier piece to my rotation. I’ve seen some fun necklines lately, so this black blouse was a fun way to dip my toe into that trend.
I may be hopping into Zara more often now. Plus their price point is unbelievable. I could barely believe that this top only cost $39!
For nights out, I’ll often wear black jeans or (non-gym) leggings. Bridget & I both have these black jeans with the holes at the knees and we love them. They’re high-waisted so they suck everything in and are so comfortable.
I just got these faux leather leggings from Athleta and they are fabulous! They’re comfortable but edgy all at the same time (and I’ve now said edgy far too many times during this post). I’ve worn those out on the town a few times and love them paired with a longer blouse to cover the booty!
The shoes are another inexpensive item (& they come in tons of colors). I bought them last year for a wedding that I was in, and they’re great! Comfortable (as comfy as heels can be), and a nice heel height. Not incredibly high. I have a similar pair in nude that I wear with dresses quite often. It’s good to have a few reliable pairs of heels for just about any dressier occasion.
It’s always fun to get dressed up and hit the town. But I must say…I often prefer my nights in with my husband by our side. Pajamas, champs, and Netflix are my kinda nights out these days.
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.