What I Wore: Crazy Cat Lady

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As soon as I saw this grey leopard print jacket at cabi's Scoop this summer I knew I had to have it. It's stretchy, a bit like ponte, but smoother, more polished. There's a cute X of black elastic at the back that gives the jacket a great fit and interest. I got it early fall and wore it a LOT. This was worn at the office almost every week with all sorts of things – the cabi Fringe Blouse or Indulgence Tank, a black cashmere turtleneck, a dark orange silk v-neck sweater, and a few t-shirts promoting bands and witty messages. This jacket has a matching pencil skirt and pants, but I felt both together was just too much, something I would NEVER wear to the office.

Jacket: Jungle Jacket c/o cabi (14) | Camisole: LOFT (old; similar) | Pants: Jungle Pants c/o cabi (14) | Booties: ASOS | Earrings: Jenny Bird

Then I attended a cabi party, and cabi provided me with a shopping credit. I already had everything I wanted from the line and kept looking at the pants and thought… well why the heck not? And now I am a full-time blogger and crazy fashion can be more of an everyday. These pants would also look great toned down with a solid-colored sweater, blouse, or blazer. How good would these look come spring with a white blazer and shell in black or a soft color like blush pink?  So I got them (and another pair of their leggings because their leggings are awesome). Together, the look is a bit of Peggy Bunny blended with David S. Pumpkins, but I kind of love it's craziness. To balance the cray of the look I kept my makeup and hair more neutral, just a bit of grey shadow for a subtle smoky eye and a soft pinkish-nude lip. These pants are snug but they did stretch out a bit with wear throughout the day without getting saggy. Considering how much I love this jacket, I would regret not getting the matching pants!

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22 Comments

22 Comments

  • Chris December 24, 2017

    Peggy Bundy. When I was in elementary school, a good friend’s mom kinda dressed that way except the look was the 50s version. Very tight capris which were then called pedal pushers, dyed artificial looking red hair, too much way -out- of -the -lip- line -red-lipstick, and those awful Lucite heels called Spring-O-Laters.

    As a kid, I didn’t care how people dressed, but this woman was so over the
    top that I couldn’t help but wonder. Even with all of that I could have
    let it go if she wasn’t so awfully mean to my friend. She really was an abusive
    mom and apparently didn’t care who was watching. I guess I never got
    over associating that look with that woman.

    Just so I am clear, I think you look great in your wild suit and I do not, DO NOY
    associate you in any way with the Peg Bundy/mean mom look.

  • Allison December 23, 2017

    I have this exact suit. It was a perfect outfit when I was in Vegas! The fit is amazing and the fabric is as comfy as pajamas. It’s by far my favorite suit. The individual pieces are so versitile – as is Cabi’s way. Love it!

  • littleblackdomicile December 22, 2017

    Rock it girl! I’d probably would of chickened out before I saw these photos. By the way, the shoots since you went full time have been even better than before. Loving the back drops and the relation to the fashion. Merry Christmas!- Laurel

  • Cassie December 22, 2017

    You look so happy in these photos! Any ideas for grey leopard/snow leopard in plus?

    • Alison Gary December 26, 2017

      I couldn’t find any other than basic tops when writing this post which is why I didn’t link to similar. I don’t know why some brands think plus size women like gaudy style, why is it that snow leopard can look normal up to say size 12 and then turn into insanity? 🙁

  • Bridget December 22, 2017

    This is really fun!

  • sherrie December 22, 2017

    Your hair looks amazing in these shots.

  • Kris C. December 22, 2017

    I just had to comment that you look great in this outfit! Just stunning! You really know how to rock the leopard! I really love that jacket, and would consider it to get back into my own “out of the box” style I used to have.

    • Alison Gary December 26, 2017

      Thank you! And this jacket is a great gateway piece1

  • Marie December 22, 2017

    I love this outfit ! Normally I would not pair a leopard top and bottom either (and I’m a MAJOR leopard print FREAK) but this works and is tasteful NOT tacky! Really cool and I’m very much drawn to it.

  • Michelle December 22, 2017

    I LOVE this look.

  • Karen Bowers December 22, 2017

    After many years as a cabi shopper, next month I begin my journey as a cabi stylist. I hope you will be at Scoop! And I’m not sure if it’s true or not but having read your blog for years, my sense is that when you are letting your rocker glamour girl out you are a happier person. If that’s correct, you must be stinkin’ happy!

    • Alison Gary December 26, 2017

      Oooh so excited for you Karen! And yes, things are pretty good right now!

  • Melissa December 22, 2017

    I bought the same suit at a cabi party last month! I was wondering if you would go for it, too, when I read that you were attending the recent cabi event! Super fun, no?

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