Dress Week 3: Leopard for Spring

Dress Week continues today with a leopard print trapeze dress.

Dress:  Eva Mendes for New York & Company

I always think of leopard print and other cat prints as more for autumn and winter; however, there is no real reason that they should just be for the cooler seasons.

Safari-inspired clothing and accessories are back for spring, so I decided to take this big cat print into that direction by adding a camel messenger bag and neutral booties. 

Booties:  Target (Available here)
Bag:  The Limited (old)
Bracelets:  The Limited

I kept accessories fairly minimal adding a couple bangles and an orange beaded necklace with gold coins for just the tiniest pop of color.

I love the easy breezy feel of this look – I think it’s perfect for the more laid-back vibe of spring and summer!

Necklace:  The Limited

Are you a fan of leopard prints for spring and summer?

For this dress in other looks, see here and here.

Author: Cassie

I'm the owner/publisher of Style Cassentials, a curvy and petite gal OBSESSED with fashion and strong believer in making clothes work for YOU! I love sharing advice on all things fashion, especially shopping and fit tips!

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  1. You are absolutely right…. I think of leopard print for fall and winter, but this dress is so breezy and light looking that the print looks great for spring! I love trapeze dresses.
    I just realized I have no idea how you get those cute booties on… do they have a zip in the back? Or a lot of elastic? They look so form-fitting with a tiny ankle.

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  2. Super cute dress! Like you said, the cutout updates this 1950's cut. I love the polka dot! Have you been happy with eShakti mostly? I know back when they started their fabrics tended to get VERY wrinkly (I think they only used cottons), but I've seen lots of fabric choices now.

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  3. I think animal print can be any season, some people even think of it as a neutral, I'm not sure about that. But I definitely think you could wear animal print any season, and your dress is great from spring because it's light and flowy!

    Nina
    http://curvymod.blogspot.com/

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  4. Oh this is such a cute dress, it reminds me of one of the dresses from forever 21+ that has a cut out in the same spot but the style is a little different. I think you styled it really cute with the gold necklace and the lace clutch. If I were to wear this I probably dress it down with flats and a cardigan. 🙂

    Nina
    http://curvymod.blogspot.com/

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  5. Thanks Nina! I like leopard print accessories/shoes for any season, but leopard print clothes for spring and summer is still growing on me. I think the lightness of this dress make it more warm weather appropriate though!

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  6. I love the shape of this dress – I've always loved trapeze dresses but never wore them because they can look a little nightgown-y on me if I'm not careful!

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  7. I'm glad someone agrees with me about leopard print, but it's growing on me for warm weather!

    The booties have a thick strap that goes around the back and snaps on the side. They can be a little tricky sometimes, but they're getting easier the more I wear them.

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  8. Thank you! I have been mostly happy with eShakti. I've had a few issues with fit here and there, but they have been very helpful with those. Most of the pieces I have are cotton, which does wrinkle a lot, but I haven't noticed a huge problem while wearing them. The biggest issue with maintenance is after washing – they definitely aren't wash and wear. Everything has to be ironed after washing
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  9. I was really liking that one that Forever 21 had in purple and green, but I missed out on it. While I wish this was a color (I have so much black already), I like the straps on it and the bust details quite a bit.

    Flats and a cardigan would be cute. I'm always scared to wear a dress this length with flats for fear of looking even shorter, but I'm trying to start wearing more comfy shoes so that might be a good option for this dress.

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  10. Where the cutouts are placed can vastly affect its style. I am not too fond of the minute cutout on this dress, but the dress itself is beautiful. The pumps are also charming. Very nice one here.

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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  11. Lioness of the fashion jungle! You certainly roar loudly with style here. Fabulous dress along with the peep-toe booties. And of course… pretty smile and hairstyle. Looking great!

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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