I’ve wanted a full on leopard print dress for ages now, but –and this might shock long time readers– I’m just a teensy bit particular.
I LOVED this on Queen Latifah on whom I have an unabashed girlcrush way back in 2007.
This from the last Dior couture collection pushed me right to the edge:
while the coat from the Dior Resort 2010 show pushed me right over:
Good gravy Marie, that’s a hell of a coat. Is freelance organ harvesting still illegal? If not, does anyone have a bathtub and an ice machine? (uh, this was written before those folks in Jersey got arrested for trafficking in illegal organs. So, uh. Yeah. –ed.)
Anyway, I wanted to avoid the sheath because it’s one of my less successful shapes. The Queen is pretty much straight up and down for a big girl. Your pal Plummy, however, is shaped not unlike the butternut squash which makes sheaths a bit more difficult to style.
I wanted something with movement and volume, but no stretch and for the love of Gaultier, NO SHINE.
Thankfully, Speigel heard my plea and provided this delightful silk leopard print dress on sale for comfortably under a hundred dollars.
Love this so much; it’s an excellent silhouette for pears, especially for those of us with the travel-sized busoms. I’d guess that half of my dresses are some variation of this shape. If you want more va in you voom, take one of those super-wide elastic belts that were so popular a few seasons ago and wear it UNDER a dress like this. I call it –for absolutely no reason in particular– my “Well you should’ve thought about that before you left me for an East German amnesiac, now shouldn’t’ve you?” look.
The sheath isn’t bad, either.
I’d wear it under a fitted blazer, or with an alpaca net cardi and my enormous YSL belt.
There are lots of other leopard goodies on the Speigel site, so take your pick and happy hunting!