Happy Friday!! I know this post is SUPER late! Sorry, I was dealing with my mane yesterday, which you can see is back in it’s natural state (well, kind of!) after being straight on and off for most of December and January. Yesterday, I had to make a choice — outfit pics or hair? Hair won! So, I took my pictures on my lunch break today, and now I am scrambling to get those post up in the next 30 minutes.
Anyway, today’s Style Me Friday submission comes from long time reader, Chinyere! (Hi Chi Chi!) You know I got SUPER excited when I opened the attachment and saw none other than THEE Diahann Carroll sporting a cute, cute pair of leopard print cropped pants. You know that’s right up my alley, and so appropriate for the first Friday in February, which of course, is Black History Month. Diahann Carroll was such a pioneer for black actresses, and of course the inspiration/model for the infamous “Julia” barbie a.k.a. the first black barbie! If you’re not familiar with Diahann Carroll’s story, please do check it out.
Oh, and I was also intrigued by the caption on the photo, titled “Ladies in Pants”:
“Women are wearing the pants this season, not only for sports wear, but also in smart circles for evening wear. leopard smarty pants by Leisure Life ($8) flatter the figure…”
It’s hard to imagine a time when women wearing pants would be considered fashion forward, isn’t it?
So, for my rendition of Diahann’s look, I did the old switcheroo. I didn’t have cropped leopard pants or a black blouse, but I did have this Old Navy leopard blouse and black cropped pants. Perfect! I thought my pink kitten sling back heels were perfect for the look, and representative of the inspiration era in a modern way…and of course, they added a pop of color. And, in true Hollywood starlett fashion, I went for a bright matte lip. It’s not the traditional red, but I think it gives the same effect.
Old Navy Leopard Blouse | Thrifted Cropped Pants | Sole Society “Justine” Pumps | The Sak Crossbody Bag via TJ Maxx
This outfit is just another reminder that your inspiration does not have to be literal. Try to narrow done what inspires you about a particular look — for me, it was the print and the silhouette. It’s all about using what you have to recreate the same look and feel of your inspiration.