Style in a Suitcase, Part 5 – Tweed, Leopard + Bow


Gap bow blouse (similar), Ann Taylor cardigan (similar in gray)
Thrift store skirt (self-altered), CL Decolette pump, Chanel wallet on chain

My apologies for reviving this series when all of our minds are on spring, but I just discovered some unpublished pics from December in California. Here’s the original entry showing the contents of my suitcase for ten days, and here are some previously-posted ensembles out of said suitcase (click to view):


I got dressed in a rush with just this blouse, skirt, and tights…and wasn’t feeling it. Too much solid. Thankfully, I had a cardigan to pull it together. Packing print/patterned layers that coordinate with your solid and neutral garments may sound like “style tips for dummies,” but it works, and it’s something I’ll keep in mind for more deliberate packing going forward.
These outfits may seem a bit overdone for vacation, but as I live a mundane life, I try to take advantage of every opportunity to get dressed up (dinners, holiday plays, etc). During daytime I was usually in boots and skinny jeans, so I won’t tire you with more variations of those. This was an outfit from one of my dinners with the charismatic Kelly.
Southern California climate is something I can definitely get used to, especially as I’m sitting here letting my fingers thaw out from a 5-minute walk. Northeast readers – I see a sunny forecast with a high of 60 for Wednesday. Who’s excited? : )


58 thoughts on “Style in a Suitcase, Part 5 – Tweed, Leopard + Bow

  • Tina March 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    such lovely outfits! You are so talented!
    xo, Tinacious Me

  • Jenn March 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    You're right. The leopard print makes the outfit work. I have this weird fear of wearing patterns incorrectly, but you somehow manage to find the perfect pattern to use that is tasteful, but still gives off a chic vibe.

  • Jane March 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Jean! Do you have any bow-tying tips? My bows always end up looking dreary and droopy, while yours still seem to keep their shape.

    You're looking chic and lovely as usual!

  • Anonymous March 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    This is a really cute outfit! I love the playful bow and the leopard cardigan is always so fun.

    – L in New York

  • Julie Khuu March 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Such a sweet look with the pussybow and totally amped up with some fierce faves like leopard spots! I've been seeing a bit more edge to your looks as of late…really loving the mix!

    Peace. Love. LOL!


  • SewPetiteGal March 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I always feel like I'm missing something when I pair 2 solids together so the idea of adding a printed cardigan is one I'm going to steal 🙂 I hear ya on the mundane. Now that I'm on maternity leave, my uniform consists of fleece head to toe and hair up so when I go out (this includes grocery store trips), I like to fancy it up.

  • Lili March 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Could you look any more perfect? 🙂

  • DSK Steph March 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I'm wearing the same leopard cardigan right now. 🙂 I feel cool!

  • Veronika March 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    gorgeous outfit! love the cardi too 🙂

  • Alterations Needed March 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I remember that outfit!! That was a very fun night. =)

  • Alterations Needed March 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Jane! Try this:

    I keep meaning to try it myself but haven't had a bow to tie lately. =)

  • Ann March 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I like your hairrrrrrr :DDDDD

  • Miriam March 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    so soft and beautiful!

  • 6 o'clock Inspiration March 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Wow I love all these outfits!!
    The cardigan and blouse are adorable together!!
    check out my blog and follow me!

  • Natasha Fatah March 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous look! Going to pin this!

  • dietingfashions March 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    That's brilliant. Thanks for sharing. I've been dying to know.


  • Rosie March 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Love your hair! I'm jealous of how thick your hair is — wish I had that kind of volume. How did you get those bouncy curls?

  • Dr. Juris March 6, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I was going to ask the same thing!

  • Suzie Q March 6, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I love the outfit! Such a pretty color and pattern to go with it!

    Suzie Q
    Style Cue by Suzie Q

  • jennyjk March 7, 2012 at 12:36 am

    i absolutely adore the leopard and tweed.

    classic and sophisticated.

  • ♥Mishi à la mode♥ March 7, 2012 at 12:44 am

    really nice way of combining tweed and animal print. its a pretty chilled-sophisticated look.

  • Karen (littlepiecefnb) March 7, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Gorgeous! I adore that bow top paired with the leopard cardigan!

  • Miss Fabulous March 7, 2012 at 3:13 am

    that cardigan is fabulous! how you've styled it still manages to look appropriate for work and etc, and not like a scary cougar! I'd love to see you style this with other looks too!

  • Kat March 7, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Gosh, I love the way you can really mix and match the same pieces to make them look like a new outfit! I am only good at that last minute! I can never plan it out in advance (aka packing for a trip).

  • Faten March 7, 2012 at 5:44 am
  • Jennifer Nguyen March 7, 2012 at 6:13 am

    very cute outfit!

  • TheTinyHeart March 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

    This is a gorgeous outfit! I love how you paired the sweet, feminine bow blouse with the leopard cardi for a bit of edge!


  • ♥ Natalie March 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

    This outfit is awesome!! ♥
    I loooove it!

  • My Dressy Ways March 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Leopard to the rescue! I did the same thing this morning when I got dressed. I paired gray and fuchsia together and thought – it needs something else. Added my leopard print belt and it kicked the outfit up a notch!

  • Lisa Griffin March 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

    i agree- this outfit would have been a bit beige for me, but the cardigan really helps!
    in dramatic fashion

  • Anonymous March 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    You hair looks fabulous!!! How did you style it?

  • Love and Company March 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Beautiful Outfit. Love the top with the leopard print.. it looks so put together!!! And I love your red lipstick. – xox

  • PetiteAsianGirl March 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you! I showed it here:

    Just make sure to consistently curl outwards. In the vid, I messed up towards the back of my head and curled inwards by accident.

  • PetiteAsianGirl March 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks, Rosie. My hair is pretty flat so after a shower, I make sure to dry it with the crown clipped up. I showed it and the curling process here:

  • Sandy a la Mode March 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    love the top and your skirt!!

  • With Each Passing Day March 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    OMG thanks Kelly!

  • With Each Passing Day March 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Jean, thanks for the tips on packing. I recently take a short trip to visit my family and reread your blog as I was packing. =)

  • AUBREY March 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    she double bunny ears it, so this may be bulky w/some other fabrics. i have this other way that makes a perfect bow, but describing it is too hard and i have no pictures.

  • IT'S ME, AUBS! March 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I love that you can pull off the berry lips.

  • contrary kiwi March 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I use every opportunity to dress up as well, to the point where people at my church are used to seeing me wearing ballgowns there. What's the point of wearing nice or interesting clothing if you never wear it?

    The leopard cardy was definitely a good idea. You look great as always and that bow is impeccably tied xD

  • Anonymous March 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    OK, I'm coming to Boston April 5-6 and I'm in need of a wardrobe refresh. Let me know your availabiblity around that time or over the weekend!!!

    Keshia Nesby (colleague from ATL…lehman days!!)

  • Carla Krae March 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    It was just 95 degrees in March recently. It can do that any time of the year. October has had 115. Still like our weather? 🙂

  • girlymd March 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    you always look so good! really like how you put your outfits together 🙂

  • Genie March 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I can't express how much I adore the soft pink against such the strong print! I really wish we were going to have 60 degree weather over here…


  • Hazel Theresia March 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous Jean!! And I ADORE your hair!

  • Jane March 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Wow! I love the outfit 🙂
    I've been following your blog bc your tastes are so very similar to mine. Only difference is that I'm not petite 🙂

  • WHAT THE SHOE March 8, 2012 at 4:57 am
  • Arts March 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Jean

    As usual, a lovely post. I must tell you I am very inspired by your blog. Since discovering it a few weeks back, I've been checking and reading the contents almost every day. I love your tips, writing style and the lovely clothes you wear. You make pretty simple outfits look fab.

    I'm pretty short myself, and I always though skirts made me look like a kid. But seeing your posts, I'm encouraged to try more skirts.

    Keep writing and good luck with your exams and everything 🙂


  • Tania March 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I love that outfit on you, Jean. Speaking of the Gap, I went in today and bought the legging jean in black, size 00/24. Fits me perfectly and has the right inseam(!!!) though the waist will probably stretch out. I'm a little bigger than you (5'0 1/2", 96 lbs, 32-24-34, 6 shoe) so maybe you'd luck out buying the 24 and having the waist altered.

  • Melanie March 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Wow! You make leopard print look so classy!

  • eudorrra March 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Hi from a new reader 🙂 Is there a sale story behind how you came to own those CL Decollete pumps? I've been lusting after a pair after seeing them on here and Kelly's blog!

  • DiamondsandTulle March 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I LOVE this look Jean! Your bow blouse + that cardi is perfect! I also think that Chanel wallet is perfect as a clutch for you!

    xx Vivian @

  • Missy Ambriz March 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I love looking at your outfits, I am petite as well seeing your outfits always inspires me!

  • Ashley March 9, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Love the outfit! You always look so put together. I love the look of the bow with the leopard print cardigan.

  • Tanii March 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I love this outfit, your shirt looks amazing on you! 🙂

  • cheetah print dress April 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    This is a really cute outfit! I love the playful bow and the leopard cardigan is always so fun.

Comments are closed.