Leopard print cardigan relaxed outfit - une femme d'un certain âge

Over easy, with a side of leopard print

Some days I enjoy playing in my closet and experimenting with different combinations. But more often, I just want to be able to throw something together and have it work, and get on with things. This leopard print cardigan just seems to go with everything, and creates a nice focal point in a simple outfit.

Susan B. wears a J.Crew leopard print cardigan, Eileen Fisher lantern pants, metallic Birkenstocks.

A relaxed look with a shot of leopard print

We’ve been slogging through a major heatwave the last few days, but prior to that it was mild enough that I was able to wear this leopard cardigan out a few times. I’ve worn it with jeans (both blue and off-white), and here with these ponte knit lantern pants. What I love about this leopard print is that it’s a warm tone, and there’s no black, so it’s great for Springs and Autumns. (There’s also a cashmere crewneck in the same print.)

I’m wearing a Small in the cardigan, and Petite Small in the pants.

I’ve owned a few iterations of these lantern pants, and love the shape. These are washable ponte knit, available in Petite PP-PL and regular length XXS-3X. The color of the pants looks more purplish in the photo than IRL; they actually are a dark chocolate brown, should work for most Springs and Autumns. This lantern pant style is also available in several other colors and fabrics, HERE. (Autumns, this “Deep Adriatic” is your Marine Navy…)

Lately, I’ve really hit the wall with anything that feels too fussy or overdone. I still want to look put-together, but not like I’ve tried too hard. Nothing too precious or prissy, which is why the metallic Birkenstocks felt just right here. They balance out the ladylike/classic shape of the cardigan. (I’ve unbuttoned the cardigan at both the top and bottom. On the top I folded the ends under to create a v-neck.)

I’d wear this out for a casual dinner or meetup with friends. To dress it up a bit, I could swap out the shoes & jewelry, maybe add a colorful bag.

That leopard cardigan is currently marked down; here are a few more picks from J.Crew, currently 40% off with code LONGWKND. (Click image for details.)

Monday miscellany: this, that & the other thing…

While bad people behaving badly (or mostly good people making bad choices) can make for some interesting drama, sometimes we need a break from that. Two series we’ve been enjoying recently are Trying on Apple+ and Extraordinary Attorney Woo (Korean, subtitled) on Netflix. Both are sweet without being over-the-top treacly, and feature good but imperfect characters who are trying to do the right thing.

But if you can stomach some of the “good people/bad choices” genre, Bad Sisters on Apple+ has been a really fun ride so far.

Brian + MW "Smooth Operator" Trio. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Brian + MW has a Labor Day weekend sale on, through today. You can save 25% on some of my favorite products, like the Re-Creation Lip Treatment (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️), Illuminate & Contour Eye Treatment, and Firming Neck & Chest Creme. (Save even more by purchasing as a set of 3.)

And Nordstrom is having a big end-of-summer sale, including lots of Eileen Fisher items.

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  1. Marie
    September 5, 2022 / 4:55 am

    Beautiful golden tones. Timeless. And comfortable metallic shoes !

  2. Jill
    September 5, 2022 / 5:04 am

    Really love your hair. Going gray seems to fit in with your “get on with things” state of mind. I agree with this, but it’s good to feel put together. Does that make sense?
    Hoping for some cooler weather in order to wear lightweight sweaters and pants. At the end of most seasons, I get tired of wearing “ the same old things.”
    I also like suggestions about how to wear a piece multiple ways. I hate buying just to buy.

  3. Ann in Missouri
    September 5, 2022 / 5:27 am

    The fancy/plain balance of that outfit feels perfect to me.

    Ann in Missouri

  4. Mary
    September 5, 2022 / 6:34 am

    Always enjoy your blog. You have a great fashion aesthetic ☺

  5. Nancy F
    September 5, 2022 / 6:36 am

    How did you transform the cardigan’s neckline into a V-neck?

    • Susan Blakey
      September 5, 2022 / 6:37 am

      I just unbuttoned the top two buttons and folded the ends under. The sweater is light enough that it doesn’t create bulk.

  6. No Fear of Fashion
    September 5, 2022 / 7:42 am

    It is a very nice uncomplicated outfit with some “zing” (you know what I mean). Good idea to leave unbutton the cardigan top and bottom.
    It is definitely a petite style. Wouldn’t work on me.

  7. Risa Wolfson
    September 5, 2022 / 8:45 am

    Always enjoy reading what you post! We watched Extraordinary Attorney Woo and can’t wait for Season two!

  8. Karen
    September 5, 2022 / 9:04 am

    Wait, you folded your cardigan to make a v-neck? And it lays well? This is very interesting and I never would have thought of it. I am frankly terrified of leopard print but someday I might try it on shoes or a bag. It looks good on you.

    • Susan Blakey
      September 5, 2022 / 9:07 am

      Thanks, and yes, I folded it under. That’s the beauty of a cardigan like this, multiple ways to wear it!

  9. Frances
    September 5, 2022 / 9:15 am

    We loved Attorney Woo as well! Delightful, and also thoughtful. Well-developed characters, interesting dilemmas, stellar acting. So good!

    • Risa Wolfson
      September 5, 2022 / 12:37 pm

      Totally agree! And now the long wait for Season Two!

  10. Rita
    September 5, 2022 / 11:11 am

    I would not wear chocolate brown with the leopard print, would rathe wear pants in a tobacco, ivory, or tan (with gold undertones).

  11. Janet
    September 5, 2022 / 11:11 am

    I love this outfit! Not fussy but put together!

  12. Lisa
    September 5, 2022 / 11:20 am

    I have been looking for a navy cardigan – thank you for the J Crew link. I could have sworn I’d checked their site.

  13. E E Deere
    September 5, 2022 / 1:15 pm

    Susan, this is a great outfit.
    I love the silhouette of the lantern pants. I’m going to try the neckline trick with a sweater right now!
    And, I really appreciate your insight into how the “brown” and “Adriatic” colors really appear. It’s so hard to look at a screen and sort out cool vs. warm, let alone when some name like “Midnight” is the attribution.

  14. Peg
    September 5, 2022 / 10:23 pm

    Love the animal prints but it’s difficult to find the right colorways for summers. Any ideas?

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