Soft Surroundings Long Leopard Dress - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Soft Surroundings Long Leopard Dress


Hi friends!

You know by now I don’t shy away from the leopard. I have a few dresses in leopard print, not to mention ruanas, scarves, cardigans. Its one of those prints that stands the test of time. Classic. This long dress from gifted to me by Soft Surroundings has a tint of cobalt blue in it, which makes it a bit different from other leopard prints I own.

My Outfit

What makes leopard look good, is the material and quality of the garment.  Some people can shy away from leopard as they think it looks “cheap” . Again, it all comes down to the fabric. Pick quality pieces and they will last and carry over year after year. How else could I style this dress? Well, leopard is neutral and the cobalt blue in the dress certainly lends itself to wearing it as a duster with dark denim. Add a cami with dark jeans and leave this dress opened and you have a new look!

I do love the look of rich browns, and by adding the leather knee boots ( Jambu) thick leather belt and my favorite textured Brahmin bag, you can create a luxe look. The dress does come with a slip and I am happy to say it is a longer one that reaches my knees! Often times when I get a dress with a built in slip, the slip isnt very long!

And you can’t get a manicure in time? Wear leather gloves! That’s my little trick! 🙂


We had a fun time this weekend as there was sun! It was about 55 degrees and on Saturday we took the pups and drove an hour to our favorite vineyard. They had a Marti Gras event complete with gumbo, king cake and wine! Yes, yes and yes! It was a little chilly but I can honestly say, that since I am near menopause, I don’t feel as cold as I used to! I was dressed for the weather and enjoyed listening to the Cajun band they had while enjoying the company of my hubby and pups. I needed to get out as Winter can be tough!


Dress c/o Soft Surroundings ( linking Soft Surrounding dresses

**All opinions are mine and truthful.

bag- Brahmin

earrings- Mango ( love these hoops)

necklace- Mango ( similar on sale!)

belt- Mango  ( no longer in stock, this belt is beautiful)




  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 10:49h, 02 March Reply

    Oh my word, Jess, this dress is magnificent! I love the style of the dress and the hints of cobalt blue really make it stand out. The way you have styled it is brilliant as well. The wide belt is so great and I am dying over that gorgeous handbag. Thanks for linking up with me!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:06h, 02 March Reply

      Thanks so much friend,
      I can see me wearing it with a pair of dark denim – open as a duster. That is my favorite handbag. I bought 2 of these types of belts at Mango and wil look for a wider black belt this summer.

  • Nancy Weiss
    Posted at 13:13h, 01 March Reply

    Love this dress and the way you’ve styled it with your leather gloves. Your bag is very tasteful and classy.

    Have a great Sunday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:00h, 02 March Reply

      Hi Nancy
      thanks so much! The bag is Brahmin and I have my eye on a Spring one in a similar shape.

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 13:51h, 29 February Reply

    This outfit is absolutely stunning, Jess! I’m glad you, your husband and pups managed a nice little getaway. It sounds lovely!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:00h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you Michelle! I have a few leopard dresses but they are all so different. We did have fun at the Vineyard! Hope yuo enjoyed your weekened

  • isthismutton
    Posted at 03:10h, 27 February Reply

    Absolutely stunning Jess, you have created such a classy, elegant outfit!

  • Anna
    Posted at 23:46h, 26 February Reply

    This dress is amazing Jess and so are all the accessories that you chose to with it. Great outfit

  • Elizabeth Walker
    Posted at 19:48h, 26 February Reply

    What an intelligent combination, Jess! This belt makes the leopard dress look incredibly beautiful!
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  • Gata Collins
    Posted at 19:45h, 26 February Reply

    This is really an amazing dress! It’s so gorgeous!
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    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:33h, 28 February Reply

      Thanks very much! I do love my leopard 🙂

  • fiercefashion
    Posted at 10:00h, 25 February Reply

    I didn’t realize I missed this post! The dress with blue added really gives it an updated look. You are so right that it will be fun styled with denim and as a duster. You can really find sum gems at SS.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:10h, 25 February Reply

      Hi Kim! thank you! Yes, I have a few leopard dresses but it is neat how they are all different. Yes, SS has great pieces, I do love the brand!

  • Rosemary Davis
    Posted at 04:54h, 25 February Reply

    A beautifully styled outfit,Jess.
    The unique hint of blue takes the print to the next level!
    And I absolutely love your bag🥰

    Rosemary – xoxord

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:09h, 25 February Reply

      Hi Rosemary, thanks so much. I thought that was a neat feature ! I am eyeing another Brahmin bag for Spring, I love the shape!

  • Neti*
    Posted at 01:24h, 25 February Reply

    I love this dress on You and the splats of blue makes it a winner in every wardrobe. Looking forward to see how you restyle it. Enjoy. . .

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:08h, 25 February Reply

      Hi Neti, thanks so much. Yes, you can see the cobalt tint more and I didn’t realize it when I first saw it on SS. Nice to have a different feature to a leopard dress.

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 21:38h, 24 February Reply

    Jess, that dress is absolutely fabulous and you look amazing!! I can definitely see that as a duster with jeans and a tee or cami. What a great find. Glad you had a nice weekend! – Amy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:07h, 25 February Reply

      Hi Amy! thank you! I will have to style it that way next! Yes, hope you are doing well!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 20:36h, 24 February Reply

    That dress is such a fabulous statement Jess!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:07h, 25 February Reply

      Thank you! I own a few leopard dresses but they are all so different! 🙂

  • Teresa
    Posted at 10:15h, 24 February Reply

    You look amazing in everything! Love this dress too. I also think your new glasses are so flattering on you. Keep up the good work! I really enjoy your blog!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:20h, 24 February Reply

      Hello Teresa,
      thanks so much, thats very kind of you to say. I do love a great maxi or midi dress. I appreciate the feedback on my glasses. I can still wear the others, but now I have a choice and I liked the warm tones of the frame. I also appreciate that you enjoy the blog, thank you and have a great week!

  • Anika May
    Posted at 09:36h, 24 February Reply

    This is gorgeous, the length is perfect and the bag is a great addition! Lovely look.

    Anika |

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:23h, 24 February Reply

      Hi Anika, thank you! It is my favorite bag, and I am looking at another Brahmin for Spring, they do make lovely bags. THanks for stopping by!

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 09:07h, 24 February Reply

    Ok this one is a little to crazy for me but you pull it off so well! Love your fashion!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:23h, 24 February Reply

      The cobalt makes it a bit different! THank you Lisa!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 07:00h, 24 February Reply

    Love the hint of blue in the leopard, so pretty and adds something special! I love that bag too Jess! Your weekend sounds fun! I saw a King Cake at Publix yesterday and was tempted to buy it but I’d end up eating the whole thing myself probably! Ha!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:28h, 24 February Reply

      Thank you my friend, it does add something new . I am looking at another Brahmin bag but probably won’t wask for it until my summer birthday. The weekend was a lot of fun! I love bringing the pups to the vineyard and just hanging out listening to music. They did have king cake there, it was good! I know what you mean though!

  • Nancy s Fashion Style
    Posted at 02:34h, 24 February Reply

    My goodness Jess! That is a amazing dress! I am totally in love with the styling too!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:30h, 24 February Reply

      Hi Nancy! thank you! I bought a few leather belts that I really like to wear with some of my dresses, and will add a thick black one this summer. Happy Monday!

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