The Fuss-Free Zone

Casual outfit with a leopard print utility jacket, bamboo bag and espadrille sandals. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Spring Forecast: Wear What Makes You Happy

A couple of weeks ago I posted about feeling uninspired and needing a style reset. I’d fallen into the trap of Trying Too Hard (to create “interesting” outfits and new looks) and it had burned me out. So I’ve re-focused on dressing to please myself, and feeling bien dans ma peau. 

I love everything about this outfit. My style mood is still Don’t Muck It Up, so I’m all about keeping the look simple, with one or two focal points.

Wearing: earrings | jacket | top (similar) | ring | bag | jeans (similar) | sandals

But yes, there is one new thing here. Did I neeeeeeeed another leopard print jacket? Probably not. In my hunt for an updated utility jacket, I kept eyeing this one. Finally I decided to just order it, figuring I’d try it on, realize it didn’t work, and return it. Get it out of my system, as it were. But this one ticks SO many boxes, I just couldn’t send it back. Lightweight enough for Spring/Summer? Check. (Linen/cotton blend.) Good fit? Check. (I’m wearing the DK 34.) Throw-it-on-and-go ease? Check.

Details: Cult Gaia bamboo bag, French Kande ring, Ganni leopard jacket. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

I really hadn’t intended to feature this bag again so soon, but when I saw how amazing it looked with the jacket, I couldn’t NOT include it. I love the vintage-y funkiness of it, and I think the appeal will long outlive the current trend.

Detail: Eileen Fisher metallic gold espadrille sandals. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

And hooray for warmer weather! I’ve been wanting to wear these espadrille sandals again but it’s been too chilly the last few weeks. They are incredibly comfortable, and give me a little height with a heel I can walk/stand in for hours. (Nail polish is Chanel “Gitane”.)

More Spring Leopard:

bomber jacket | belted blazer | folding umbrella | sneakers

What’s your Style Mood these days?

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  1. Kim
    March 29, 2018 / 5:19 am

    THIS. JACKET! Wow! Love it Susan, a perfect spring mix with your espadrilles and handbag.

  2. SusanG
    March 29, 2018 / 6:44 am

    Brilliant jacket. Best of both worlds, leopard print and utility jacket.

    I have some “basics” but with a twist. Teal-colored biker boots, an oversized white blouse with a zipper instead of buttons, a little-black-dress that’s navy….

    Hope you take that jacket on your trip and wow the natives.

  3. Jen
    March 29, 2018 / 7:46 am

    I LOVE this look! That jacket has all the right elements.

  4. March 29, 2018 / 7:59 am

    Very polished. Wish it came in a 14.

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2018 / 8:15 am

      Hi Jan, I do think this piece runs a size large if that’s any help.

  5. Joanna
    March 29, 2018 / 8:18 am

    This style suits you well. Utility jackets are the perfect little jacket for this time of year. I have one in khaki and another in white. I would not be able to resist the leopard if I tried it on, either.

    Susan, we all have to dress our bodies as it suits our lifestyle, body type and taste. Dress your’s accordingly and we’ll take our cues from you. No need to put all that pressure on yourself. Just be you!

  6. Katharina
    March 29, 2018 / 8:27 am

    So relaxed, casual and chic. Love it.

  7. March 29, 2018 / 8:34 am

    You can never have too many leopard print jackets… I have none and it hurts… I only have a python print coat. I do however have those gorgeous leopard boots which I am dying to wear.

  8. Jane
    March 29, 2018 / 9:11 am

    Love the outfit. It would be a perfect year round weight for my Colorado climate. I am confused about the sizing. DK – does that means, German, Denmark or ? Each country on the ordering site would indicate a different size.

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2018 / 9:14 am

      Thanks, Jane. DK is Denmark, where the brand Ganni originates. It’s true, different brands have different sizing. I find the pieces I’ve tried from this brand tend to run a little bit large.

  9. Barbara Ferne
    March 29, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    Love Leopard , and you always look great. Cute, fun but not overdone. I am using your Europe packing guide for an upcoming trip , thanks so much.,One look I am not feeling is Chicos this spring. Too much everything, prints, layers, jewelry, you name it, their models are wearing it They call it Bold
    Enjoy your blog…

  10. sosusam
    March 29, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    You look fantastic! We should all be so fortunate to look great in the clothes we love to wear. 🙂

  11. March 29, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    This look is magnifique! I just love leopard and I used to wear it a lot when my hair was colored in dark brown. But now that my hair is going silver, I absolutely cannot wear it anymore unless it is grey and black, whick is not easy to find.

  12. March 29, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    Oh by the way, parlez-vous français?

  13. Eileen
    March 29, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    Love the simple classy styles you show, thanks!

  14. Shybiker
    April 2, 2018 / 7:11 am

    One can never have too many attractive jackets. And LOVE that bag!

  15. April 2, 2018 / 11:09 am

    Love the jacket! Link to those great looking espadrilles does not seem to be working – would love to know more!

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