GET THE LOOK: Sure you need to make sure your closet is stocked with those workhorse basics like a perfect-fit pencil or A-line skirt, great jeans for both flats & with a heel, a classic trench, and snazzy white buttondown shirt or blouse, but none of these items really have the power to make a girl's heart skip. What does? Fun pieces with some flair & pizazz. Like this Parisian-chic leopard sweater by Étoile ISABEL MARANT which confers instant Rive Gauche panache on the wearer! But only if you end up getting a lot of wear out of it. Here are five ways we came up, each of which makes the top look completely different & shows how versatile it can be for any number of occasions. Our point? If you stumble upon something fabulous and it just really calls your name, it could turn out to be one of those pieces that really makes it easy and breezy to get dressed. So even if at first glance it seems frivolous, think about which of your various wardrobe workhorses you could pair it with - you might be surprised at how many combinations you come up with. If you've fallen completely & madly in love with something and aren't quite sure, here's our handy rule-of-thumb (in the spirit of our undying love of everything Chanel): if you can think of 5 completely different ways you might wear it in the next two weeks or month, then fergawssakes, buy it. You won't regret it!
LOOK #1: LADYLIKE LEOPARD Preen belted full-skirt, Eddie Borgo rose-gold earrings, Gucci silk scarf all available at NET-A-PORTER.com; Tory Burch faux-python bag & Valentino studded shoe - farfetch.com
LOOK #2: LAZY-DAY LEOPARD Marni by Current Elliot boyfriend jeans with polka dot lining, Keds "Champ" canvas shoe, Retro Super Future sunglasses, Nialaya Labradorite-bead bracelet, Proenza Schouler leather "paper-bag" tote - farfetch.com
LOOK #3: NEON LEOPARD Matthew Williamson wool mini skirt, Tory Burch "Elias" suede sandals, Michael Kors watch - NET-A-PORTER.com; Gucci "1973" bag, Zoe and Morgan 22K gold-plated hoop earrings - farfetch.com
LOOK #4: NOUVEAU LEOPARD J.Crew cropped "Aviator" pants, Belle Sigerson Morrison flats, Yves Saint Laurent "Chyc" mini bag, YSL ring, Chan Luu 14k gold & lapis lazuli earrings, Retrosun Vintage Christian Dior sunglasses - all NET-A-PORTER.com
LOOK #5: LOUNGEY LEOPARD J.Crew jacket, Roland Mouret cropped pants, Valentino lace peep-toe booties, Meredith Wendell leather & canvas satchel, Miu Miu plexiglass & brass necklace - all NET-A-PORTER.com
- Lesley Scott