Joan Vass-Leopard Print Shift Dress - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Joan Vass-Leopard Print Shift Dress



Good Morning Friends,

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We went to the Sheep Dog trials and it was so interesting! Plus, I was in my element being surrounding my pups everywhere. Are you well into your Holiday shopping, or do you wait until after Thanksgiving. I have talked to some friends who decide to go for a weekend somewhere special, having memories make up their Christmas present. I have thought about going back to the Grove Park Inn one year in Jan or Feb, enjoying the time of year where everything is in slow motion, dark and cold. Well, if you do enjoy shopping, want something to wear over the holidays, or just want to be stylish and comfortable- take a look at Joan Vass.

I was contacted by the company and was excited to learn of her knitwear that is both comfortable, stylish and feels luxurious. Joan Vass, As I read about Ms Vass, I could appreciate her background in the art world, as she had started out as an assistant curator of drawing and prints  at the Museum of Modern Art. “Joan then went on to develop a love for hand knits and her collection was bought by arbitor of Fashion, Henri Bendel.  Fashion is Art. How we wear our clothing is an expression of ourselves and our creative minds. This is where Joan Vass’ career took a turn into creating hand knit fashions to timeless women’s wear. She later won award,s Extraordinary Women in Fashion by the Smithsonian Institute, among others for her timeless, uniquely crafted and :seasonless collection”. She designed hats, skirts, dresses, trousers, complete lines. **credit Joan Vass website.

Looking at the collections, I could see the lines being  very classic and stylish in velvet,, velour, cotton and terry knit. Many of the pieces could be mixed and matched. I chose this velour leopard print dress, as leopard is on trend, but more importantly, never goes out of style. As leopard is also a neutral, I could add color to this dress by adding a colorful scarf, a rich red bag ( or any saturated color), or as I have styled it here, add a autumnal suede jacket to top off the look. I chose Fall’s brown tones and added a pop of color with my GigiNY leather clutch. The velour is soft, the style one of my favorites and it would also be great for a weekend look with a pair of stylish slip ons , denim jacket. and scarf.

This dress is as comfortable as wearing a fall nightgown, but without the looks and stares from wearing pajamas out, instead from the comfort, style and ease of wear. One of my favorite styles of dress is the shift dress, as it hangs from the shoulders and glides over the body with more room in the hips and body. I chose to wear my Vince Camuto over the knee boots to continue to long lean line from the dress downward. I could also easily pair this with a pair of red suede block heels for added color and add some funky textured tights. Think of this beautiful dress as my canvas, and there are many styling possibilities.  I do think this is also the perfect dress to wear for Thanksgiving., as the shift dress does not cling and is roomy in style. That doesn’t mean to go totally overboard on the sweet potato pie! 🙂

For reference, here is the size chart, I am wearing a size 0 as i usually wear a 4 in dresses, and am 5 ft 9.

Please do check out Joan Vass and her collection. I also love the champagne pink velvet tunic and pants.

  • Modern easy fit.
  • Boatneck with gusset inserts; set in sleeves; easy shift silhouette.
  • Fabric: Velour knit, 76 cotton 24 polyester
  • Length: 36″

How might you style this leopard shift dress? What from the Joan Vass Fall Collection appeals to you?

Let me know in the comments section.

Outfit details:

Leopard shift dress-c/o Joan Vass * This dress was gifted to me via Joan Vass. All opinions are my own.

Spice colored suede jacket-Blank NYC-Nordstrom

Vince Camuto brown leather OTK boots, these are pretty

Giginy red clutch-sim

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Have a great day!

jess xo

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 12:26h, 20 November Reply

    Gorgeous leopard print dress! I love how you’ve styled it with the suede moto jacket and long boots. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  • Julie
    Posted at 23:05h, 19 November Reply

    I love that leopard dress, and it looks super cute with your suede jacket!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:58h, 20 November Reply

      Thank you Julie! It is so comfortable too, and i can’t resist leopard. I might wear it on Thanksgiving with a colored scarf. xx

  • Patricia Johnson
    Posted at 04:29h, 18 November Reply

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    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:57h, 18 November Reply

      Thank you Patricia for your comment. Yes, it is warmer here in NC, as I used to live in the North ( Pittsburgh) and there would be snow this time of year. So glad you enjoyed the post and how I put this outfit together. I loved the color of the jacket, so it was a great fall purchase. thank you again! xx

  • Nicole Mölders
    Posted at 23:59h, 17 November Reply

    Thanks for coming to the Top of the World Style linkup party. You look stunning in this look!

  • Claire justine
    Posted at 17:17h, 16 November Reply

    Such a lovely dress. Love the print and how you have styled it 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays

  • lyddiegal
    Posted at 15:42h, 15 November Reply

    That is a gorgeous dress on you! I love the print, and I really love the suede jacket paired with it!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:18h, 16 November Reply

      Thank you! i love a great shift dress, and the jacket was one i was waiting on from the Nsale.. took awhile to get it. xx

  • Anna Marcus
    Posted at 23:21h, 14 November Reply

    Love the dress, I think it length is the most flattering and the print is oh so trendy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:12h, 15 November Reply

      Thank you Anna! It is so comfortable too can’t beat a shift dress! xx

  • Samantha Blair
    Posted at 15:33h, 14 November Reply

    A fabulous look Jess!
    So chic and pretty sexy too :oO

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:45h, 15 November Reply

      Thank you Sam! It is so comfortable and up my alley! xx

  • jacqui
    Posted at 03:41h, 14 November Reply

    Love the salmon bag with you cute leopard shift dress. Well styled Jess as always. x Jacqui

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 17:19h, 13 November Reply

    I love wearing dresses! Just grab and go, and maybe getting a cardigan or jacket to complete the outfit. It’s so much fun. I love the leopard print, so pretty!

  • Sonia Aicha
    Posted at 13:14h, 13 November Reply

    beautiful look, I really like that dress and the bag adds a perfect touch of color,

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:55h, 13 November Reply

      Thank you Sonia! I will get a lot f wear out of it. xx

  • Patti
    Posted at 12:52h, 13 November Reply

    So great – velour and leopard together! Love your boots too, and thanks for linking up, xox


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:57h, 13 November Reply

      Thank you Patti.. this is why women can do comfortable and stylish! Glad you like it. xx

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 12:25h, 13 November Reply

    That dress is gorgeous and I can tell it is a quality piece! I love how you styled it and couldn’t think of a better way to do it. But I bet you could go with nice sneakers and a denim jacket and it would look awesome too! Happy Monday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:58h, 13 November Reply

      Thank you Cheryl! Absolutely! I have thought about that as my 2nd look, you must have read my mind! I have a pair of burgundy slip ons and my denim jacket.. xx

  • Evelina
    Posted at 11:24h, 13 November Reply

    Beautiful! You look fabulous! This dress and the boots are gorgeous!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:33h, 13 November Reply

      Thank you Evelina! This dress is easily a new staple in my wardrobe. xx

  • Debbie Hull
    Posted at 10:57h, 13 November Reply

    Jess you look great ! I love leopard.If you wear this leopard dress for thanksgiving you will outshine the turkey. Happy Thanksgiving my friend !

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:32h, 13 November Reply

      Hi Debbie! Leopard print just is so classic, it doesn’t go out of style. Ah, you are sweet my friend. Same to you! xx

  • Renia
    Posted at 10:27h, 13 November Reply

    Love this look. I am a big fan of leopard print, and you look in this kind of pattern amazing!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:41h, 13 November Reply

      Hello Renia, thank you! i love a fun shift dress and leopard print is one of my favorites! XX

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 10:14h, 13 November Reply

    Thank you Jodie! Yes, i would wear this with a bright scarf another day.. lots of styling options, but the dress is an easy style to wear and oh so comfortable! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:35h, 13 November Reply

    What a fabulous dress Jess! I always think dresses are the best because you don’t have to match anything! And the leopard is so modern and stylish!!
    Love the pop of red with the purse too!!

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