Monday, March 30, 2015

Outfit of the Night - Leopard Print Love

Greetings!  Today, I bring to you a short, but fun Outfit of the Night (OOTN) post.  Last Saturday night, my husband played his first ever "paying gig" for a local restaurant; we were stoked for him to have the opportunity to play his blues music for others to enjoy that night.  We had a blast!  However, this exciting show also gave me the opportunity to get a little dressy with a fun outfit.  Here's how it looked:

I apologize for the ghost white face; my extremely light complexion does not mix with a flash!  :)  

What I loved about this outfit was that it was a fun print that allowed for a pop of color and made me feel super sexy and confident!  The dress is a leopard print, knee-length piece from Old Navy (size 20) that I purchased off a friend for $2.00.  This dress has a drawstring tie at the waist that you can adjust for different amounts of definition based on your shape.  I thought that was a nice touch.  The red blazer is the one from Dress Barn (size 18, bought at Goodwill) featured in a previous OOTD post.  I accessorized the dress with a black cinch belt for added definition, and a purple and green cameo necklace that was made for me to wear on my wedding day last November.

I am also wearing black Hanes Just My Size footless tights from Wal-Mart.  The boots are a little hard to see, but they are six-inch, black ankle boots with a two-inch platform.  I LOVE these things!  They are way more comfortable than they look, and my calves get a workout in the process.

Underneath the dress, I wore the Spanx Simplicity Open-Bust Body Suit from Lane Bryant in black(size 2x) to help smooth out all the lumps and bumps.  I just recently purchased this shapewear because my trusty shapewear shorts (brand unknown because I've had them for at least 8 years) finally tore a hole in them from wearing them so much.  I have to say, I do like the body suit.  I probably wouldn't wear it all day, but it is comfortable enough for a night out.  I put it on around 3pm and when I took it off when I got home around 1am, I had a couple of tender spots on my shoulders from the straps, but nothing too harsh like other shapewear I've tried.  It is a bit pricy at $88, but if it lasts as long as my favorite shorts did, then I don't mind it.  It helps me to feel more confident in my appearance, knowing I have that smoothing quality underneath a dress.

Overall, this is probably my favorite dress now.  What do you think?

Much love,