leopard print somethings.

When I was 14 years old leopard print made a powerful domination of my wardrobe. As a newly established high school student, I specifically recall scavenging the clothing racks for all things animal print. I opted for the highest heels, the shortest skirts and the most alluring leopard dresses in an attempt to create an individualized identity and stand out from the pool of girls trying to do the exact same. At 14, I believed fearlessness was my greatest asset and looking back at what appears excessive now, animal-print-everything seemed to perfectly represent my desire for freedom.

Four years down the line and as my high school years slowly slipped through my fingers, the leopard print dresses seemingly made their way to the back of my closet. As I matured, I realized the recklessness that leopard print portrayed was not necessarily me anymore. As I packed up my life into suitcases and totes for University, I came across the stash of animal-print-somethings hiding in a place I had almost completely forgotten. I meticulously folded them up one by one, tied them away in suffocating plastic bags and donated them in my extreme attempt to discard the remnants of my high school self. In my alleged newfound maturity, sensible neutrals seeped their way into becoming the bulk of my subdued outfit decisions. Animal print seemed a naive choice of the past and along with that came a streamlined sense of self to the point of being a cliched replica of every other girl on campus.

At 21, I can blissfully say that I am cultivating animal print once again. 7 years later, leopard is not only a nostalgic reminder of my juvenile vivacity but also represents a portion of myself that longingly smiles back at the days when I was completely fearless. I guess I’ve discovered it’s not all or nothing. It’s completely possible to find a piece that cultivates mature pragmatics with a loafer design yet allows an individuality to shine through in a bold print. Perhaps the fearlessness we craved at 14 doesn’t have to be an indelible memory of the past, but rather a fond reminder to never allow our unique spark to be extinguished.

xo Olivia

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  • I love this style. So simple and beautiful. Great outfit!
    Brooke | http://www.beautydecorandmore.com

    • Thanks Brooke! So glad you enjoyed 🙂 xo

  • Amanda K

    Love this look! The leopard adds some fun to the black dress.

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • Love this look! So simple but with the leopard it makes it even better! Those shoes look so comfortable!

    • Thank you! They are so comfortable- definitely great for a pair of everyday loafers! xo

  • I love this look! Perfect for Summer into Fall and the shoes are the cherry on top!!

    • You’re so right- I really hope i can transition this dress into fall with a cute jacket! Thank you for reading xo

  • Such a beautiful outfit, it’s so classic and sophisticated but fun! You look gorgeous! I also love your blog logo.

    La Belle Sirene

    • Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed! The logo is a recent addition to my blog- I’m in love with it too! xo

  • Amanda Nicole Hughes

    Love this outfit girl! Those shoes are perfection.

    xo, Amanda

  • Ruthie Ridley

    Such a classic, chic look!! Love it

  • This was so beautifully written! I was the same with leopard print in high school though, and now I only like it for little accents like you used in the outfit. I’m in love with that dress by the way!

    • I’m so glad you could relate, Caitlyn! Leopard print is just way too tempting to pass up haha. Thanks for reading xo

  • love the dress and your hat!
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  • Love this look! Also love your hair!

    http://www.themosthappy.me

    • I appreciate that, thank you for reading! xo

  • Very pretty outfit, you look really pretty also. Love the shoes. xx

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  • Sami Mast

    Those shoes are too cute! I love how you kept the rest of the outfit simple to really make them pop!

    xo
    Sami
    http://www.theclassicbrunette.com

    • Thanks so much, Sami! Glad you enjoyed xo

  • Isn’t it funny how fashion trends repeat themselves? I love the leopard flats. They really make the hat stand out.

    • Absolutely- fashion is so cyclical in nature! Thank you for reading xo

  • I love this post and the way you write! So glad I found your blog!
    Kyla
    Wanderlustkyla.com

    • Aw thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed! xo

  • Sydney Power

    what a lovely story! I love those flats and this outfit is amazing!! I love it ! Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Thanks so much for reading! You too girl xo

  • Madeline Weinstein

    Aww I love this post! I cannot wait to follow your blog, glad I found it on Facebook!