Real Women Wear Leopard To Work

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace- The Limited (same)

One of my goals for this blog is to show that real women who work real jobs don’t have to dress in all black or get stuck in a rut of black pants and a button down shirt. I am a real woman, I work a real job, and, yes, I wore a leopard print pencil skirt to the office today. I’ve worn green and leopard together before and I still think it’s a great combination that makes the leopard print look a bit more toned down.

But looking at that photo from last year I noticed something: I’m wearing the same cardigan today yet when I tried to button it all the way up it didn’t quite work. In fact, I’ve been struggling with a few items in my closet recently.

And here’s where I talk about either my clothes shrinking or me, well, not shrinking. So, if you want, you can stop reading right now.

When you take pictures of yourself every day for over a year you start to notice things. Like, how a skirt fit you months ago versus how it fits you now. How a cardigan that once worked when you buttoned it all the way no longer feels comfortable even unbuttoned. And when you track your purchases every month you start to see trends in sizes as well.

Yes, I weigh myself. Yes, I’ve put on a few pounds. But it seems to be more than that. My body shape seems to be changing and I seem to be carrying weight in places I didn’t used to carry it. Is this what happens when you start to reach your mid-30s? Maybe it’s what happens when you start hanging out with people who drink beer more than wine (I love both equally, by the way). Maybe it’s just that when I started this blog I was strength training at least 3 times a week and occasionally doing two workouts a day and now I’m doing one workout a day and have gotten into a strength training rut.

This isn’t a plea for “you look great” compliments. I know I still look good. I just look different than I did last year. And I’m trying to figure out why that is.

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16 replies on “Real Women Wear Leopard To Work

  1. Anne

    Why have I never thought to pair green with leopard? The only leopard print I own is a scarf (like the other outfit you linked), but I have tons of green, so I could totally do this!

    I’m glad you know you look good, because you really do. So I won’t even tell you that. Woops. 🙂 But yeah, I know exactly what you mean! I do think some of it is an age thing – I notice that I carry weight so much differently in my 30’s than I used to. Sometimes that’s not a bad thing, but it also means that when I gain/lose weight, it happens in completely different places!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      You know what’s weird? I actually wanted a leopard print top specifically to wear with this green cardigan. I don’t even know why that color combo came to mind!

      Dang 30s! Making our bodies go all wacky on us.

  2. Bri Marie

    Love the way you talk about the weight/size thing here! I notice the same thing with some of the pieces I’ve had for a long time. The blog totally points them out. However, this looks amazing on you, and for the record, I haven’t noticed that you look any different than when I first started reading your blog!

  3. Amber @ Section 391

    I love the green and leopard! I haven’t seen that combo before, but I want to try it now!

    I completely understand about clothes fitting differently. My closet has been shrinking my clothes for the last six months. I’m sure getting married and turning 30 had nothing to do with it either (and stupid half price Sonic shakes after 8 PM. That was our downfall over the summer!). For what it’s worth, I do think you look great, but I know how uncomfortable it is when things don’t fit quite the same as they used to. At least you’ve caught it before it’s a huge (no pun intended!) problem and can start making little dietary and exercise changes. Good luck! 🙂

  4. kelsey

    beautifully written my friend! I was actually thinking about this yesterday when I saw a group of older women who had the bodies for a 20 year old and I thought to myself-I don’t think that’s how women in their late 40’s are supposed to look. which of course got me thinking of how much they must sacrifice to look like that, to have these rail thin bodies even after child birth (assuming some of them had children). how they must just be…hungry! I also wonder sometimes what I’ll look like when I get older and we both know I could use some curves.

    You know I think you have a rockin body and are a beautiful person inside and out but I think you should embrace this newish body!

  5. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

    Very thoughtful — and your’e right, taking pics of yourself over an extended period of time DOES make you think and notice things differently about your body and your wardrobe. It’s helped me have a more realistic POV about my own body, as well.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      It probably also helps us know what does and does look so hot on us so that we can dress accordingly or just own that we’re going to look a certain way in certain things and rock them anyway!

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