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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



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  • Reply
    Claire justine
    May 6, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    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.

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    May 3, 2018 at 3:25 pm

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

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    May 1, 2018 at 1:24 pm

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

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 2, 2018 at 10:07 am

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

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    April 30, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    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🌷💋


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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    April 30, 2018 at 5:23 pm

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

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    April 30, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    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

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    April 30, 2018 at 12:25 pm

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


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    passion fruit, paws and peonies
    April 30, 2018 at 11:45 am

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

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    April 30, 2018 at 10:56 am

    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!

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 30, 2018 at 11:12 am

      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

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    April 30, 2018 at 8:52 am

    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!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 30, 2018 at 9:40 am

      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

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    April 30, 2018 at 5:17 am

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

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 30, 2018 at 9:39 am

      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

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    April 30, 2018 at 4:38 am

    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!!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 30, 2018 at 9:38 am

      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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