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Wearing Leopard in Spring – Neutral Look with New Straw Circle Bag


Good morning Ladies!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’ll tell you about mine but first want to talk about one of my favorite styles for Spring and summer, what I liked to call The Safari Look. Call it Neutrals with Straw Bags- but that doesn’t have as much of a ring to it does it? One of my favorite styles conjurs up images of a Safari holiday or trip, or one I suppose it would look like. ( I have never been on one!) Neutrals, linens, light fabrics, with structured or flowy clothing, accompanied by a bamboo straw bag or clutch, neutral leather sandals or espadrilles is the vision I have in my mind.

I know. A Pedicure is in order! What color to get…

Styling the Dress 

I don’t think I look particuarly good in hats, but a fashionable, light straw hat would work very well here, not to mention keep out the sun ( and protect the skin!) I started with this neutral shirt dress from H &M, which i purchased a few years ago. I would like to add a thick cognac colored leather belt to this look, but for the meantime, went with the cloth belt that came with this dress. Leopard is a neutral and can be worn year round, so I thought it a perfect print for this style. I added these red tassel earrings to give a pop of color to the neutral look. Any color would work.

This dress, could also be worn as a tunic, if you prefer. Add a pair of cream or khaki colored trousers for an elegant look. Wear a pair of skinny jeans in a lighter wash for Spring . There are options 😉

These Andre Assous sandals , which you read about in this post, Andre Assous Spring Sandals , will be my go to black casual sandals for the summer. With some height, and a cushioned foot bed, they are a great mainstay for the warmer months. I’ve also written a post HERE on a pair of blush espadrilles by Andre Assous.

See how I styled this dress last year in this post-  Khaki Safari Dress 

Trendy Straw Circle Bag

Of course I was excited to share with you my new bag! This circular straw bag with its interesting middle design caught my eye on Poshmark. You know I enjoy shopping there, and the style was almost identical to the bag I first found on Anthropolgie, yet at half the price! I have plenty of outfits to wear with this straw bag. I have linked up some favorites below as well. There are no pockets, but a spacious interior. I was able to fit my wallet, a small brush and lipstick in there and had more room. It would do nicely!

I’m off today to see the Opthamologist. I want to ask him about EDS and my eyes, as well as getting them tested. I know my eyes have gotten a bit worse, so I am in need of a new prescription, which in turn, will mean a new pair of sunglasses!  I have a pair I am loving on-line… so wait and see !

Do you wear a Safari look- (cool neutral tones) in the Spring/Summer?  Are you looking for a new straw bag?

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Dress-H&M ( Love this dress  and very similar)

Bag- Poshmark

Shoes c/o Andre Assous

Scarf- Charming Charlies

earrings- Baublebar for Target

Have a wonderful day!


Jess xo



  • Claire justine
    Posted at 14:26h, 06 May Reply

    Love your outfit Jess. Everything goes together perfectly. Love your bag 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Creative Mondays. Have a great week and we hope to see you tomorrow.

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 15:25h, 03 May Reply

    You do look very comfortable in this outfit Jess, I adore your bag too. thanks for joining my #chicandstylish #linkup today Hun x

  • Gail
    Posted at 13:24h, 01 May Reply

    Super legs Jess! Lucky you. Love the touch of leopard and the circle straw bag. I need one in my life.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:07h, 02 May Reply

      Thank you Gail! I couldn’t resist a little circle bag after seeing so many of them pop up. Go for it! xx

  • barrettadeb
    Posted at 18:51h, 30 April Reply

    Love this look on you! I don’t think I could rock this style very well. I adore the bamboo bag & red tassel earrings you paired with this. So classy Jess. Have a great week doll🌷💋


  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 17:23h, 30 April Reply

    I love the earrings and the straw bag! You do look like you’re enjoying a great vacation.

  • Rama
    Posted at 15:23h, 30 April Reply

    I call it inspired from safari :). I love your dress and that leopard scarf. Awwh I have a thing with scarfs and now I want to own everything.
    thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading it

  • sandypatti
    Posted at 12:25h, 30 April Reply

    Such a great look – agree that it has a sophisticated safari vibe. And I’m crazy about the round straw purses this year! xox


  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 11:45h, 30 April Reply

    You are hitting the mark on so many trends here Jess. I love this look and makes me long for summer! xx

  • Ronnie
    Posted at 10:56h, 30 April Reply

    Super cute look! It’s always a good time for leopard, isn’t it?! The straw bag is adorable. I recently got a straw Fossil bag. I love it, but it doesn’t quite have the look I wanted. I really wanted something more like this. So cute!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:12h, 30 April Reply

      Thank you Ronnie! i bought it on my thrifting site, Poshmark. I loved the center design and of course the shape. You will have to style yours! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:52h, 30 April Reply

    Gosh, I’ve been thinking about getting a straw bag like this, but I haven’t pulled the plug yet!! I can’t believe you found this on Poshmark—-you get the best things at a deal!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:40h, 30 April Reply

      Thanks Jodie! Oh, you should the prices are reasonable, even at ones not on Poshmark, I was happy to have found this design though. Go for it! xx

  • Judy
    Posted at 05:17h, 30 April Reply

    I agree, you do look like your on vacation! love the outfit! Especially those earrings and straw bag…

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:39h, 30 April Reply

      Thank you Judy! Oh, how i wish I was on vacation! I will be later in the year. Glad you enjoyed the look, I love a pop of color with a neutral outfit and the bag is quite fun! x

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:38h, 30 April Reply

    You look like you are vacation ready for somewhere fabulous and exotic in this outfit Jess! So pretty, love the leopard and the pretty earrings. That straw bag!!! Wow! Poshmark? I cannot believe it! What a great find. I ordered one from Amazon last week and it wasn’t Prime so it’s taking a sweet forever to get here and I am getting antsy!
    Good luck with the new sunglasses!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:38h, 30 April Reply

      yes, now if only i could get to that African Safari Kellyann! Ooo, I look forward to seeing your bag as well. I was happy to have found this as I liked the design. Thank you! xx

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