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Fall Fashion Preview

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Time to look at the Fall Fashion Trend Report. For #MondayMingle today, I’m sharing one trend I love for everyone–updated animal prints.

This trend is easy to wear–from petite to plus-sized–it’s a universal “DO!” It works well with pops of color or a neutral palette, such as the one I have shown here. I took a knit tee I’ve had for a while from Anthropologie added black jeans and a nifty blazer and voila! Instant fall outfit.


The key piece I’m wearing is a blazer from Karen Karen. The Leopard Print Jacket ($198) has a slim fit and a delightful bit of stretch. My favorite part of the jacket is the “rouche sleeve variation” that is perfect for end-of-summer transition. Wear it over a tank dress for work or over lacy black shorts for play. This is a very versatile piece.

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On the bottom, I’ve got the Twill Skinny Jean ($108 and also Karen Kane). These narrow jeans are ideal for travel and any woman who likes a trim active cut. They really hug curves beautifully. The light fabric could work well as a transition fabric in the North or an anytime pant in the South.

cut out shoe trend, nine west

The shoes are from Nine West called the Savvy. Cut-outs are still big news for fall footwear and these shoes are spot on trend. (Please Note: Forgive the bad hemming job. I had to rush this outfit through a photography session before I left for vacation!) As for the bag, it’s a nice neutral tri-color hobo I found at Anthropologie.

color-blocked bag, anthropologie

What do you think will be trendy this fall? I hope you’ll share what you’ve been wearing on Monday Mingle. Monday Mingle is a fashionable collaboration between me, Jill from Glamamom and Kristin from BonBonRoseGirls. Each week we post about our personal style and then invite our friends to join in the fun. This week I am hosting and I’ve got a giveaway to share from Karen Kane.

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  • theshoppingmama

    Great outfit as usual, Nicole. Those pants look perfect for fall. You have me craving cooler weather!

    • momtrends

      With your long legs these pants are a perfect fit Kate.

  • Babblingsofamommy

    Great outfit, Nicole! I think you are right, it would look good on everybody!


    • momtrends

      The blazer is a great piece for any closet. Thanks for popping by Jenny.

  • Yakini

    I hope neon is still going strong, because im still in love with this trend.
    I LOVE your animal print blazer – so fab!

  • Black and white animal print is so in! It reminds me of the 80s! Have a great day!

    • momtrends

      Black and white is timeless.

  • Oh my goodness, I love this, Nicole!! That blazer is amazing, and those shoes add such a fun element to the outfit! Hope you’re enjoying the last bits of your trip…can’t wait to hear more about it!

    • momtrends

      More vacation news to come!

  • Love this right down to the bag and shoes. The pants look like something we all need in our wardrobe and of course a bold blazer is a great way to take a regular outfit up a notch!

    • momtrends

      Thanks for the style support and popping in to MondayMingle.

  • thriftychicmom

    I LOVE this whole outfit the jacket is amazing and I will definitely be checking it out, I love that bag too!

  • Dude Mom

    I love that jacket. I was never a fan of animal prints previously, but I have to admit, they;re growing on me!

  • Alison Lumbatis

    Oh I need those pants in my life! The whole outfit is just perfect.

    • momtrends

      Thanks Alison. Can’t wait to see what you’ve been wearing.

  • momtrends

    Long live neon. Loved it in the 80s and still do now.

  • Pam@over50feeling40

    I find myself more and more wearing a look just like this…black underneath a jacket! I really like it and I think you styled this jacket with perfection!!

  • AvgGirlsGuide

    i’m so all about leopard too! just got a great blouse at loft adn basically want all of ann taylor right now. your shoes are awesome!

  • Carly

    Love that blazer girl! Lookin good as always. C

    • momtrends

      Thanks Carly–which logo dig you pick?

  • This blazer is really a fantastic piece! Shoes are killer, too.

    • momtrends

      Thanks Alex. You know I love my shoes.

  • Susan

    LOVE this entire outfit. The blazer is perfection and the shoes…!!

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  • Baby Shopaholic

    LOVE this look! I’m a huge fan of animal print blazers! Those shoes are fierce too!

    • momtrends

      The shoes are a steal I think.

  • Loving this outfit!! That blazer is fabulous and those shoes are amazing. Happy Friday! xo

    • momtrends

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Tanvi

    Great fall look. Classic and trendy! (:

  • Great outfit, love the blazer which pops on top of the black! Love it. I think I’m ready for Fall and looking forward to wearing leather pieces, florals and prints!

    • momtrends

      I need a few more warm days and I will be ready to toss on the boots and blazers 🙂

  • Happinessatmidlife

    Love this outfit from head-to-toe! Animal print is always so classy – can’t wait to see how else you will style this pretty blazer.


  • I have a vintage blazer that’s very similar to that…Can’t wait to bust it out for fall! And I LOVE those shoes!

    • momtrends

      Does fall ever hit Florida?

      • Not really. Ha! We start to see somewhat cooler weather in October/November, but it’s been known to be 80 on Christmas.

  • Alicia @MommyDelicious

    I need that blazer in my life!

    • momtrends

      I can see you in this!

  • Oh to Be a Muse

    Love your shoes! We’re doing the same color combos in our blog posts today.

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    Shop Layered Muse

    • momtrends

      Great minds think alike!

  • Tia Harmon

    Cute shoes!

  • ADA

    Nicole that Blazer is Stunning and totally on trend. Great Top too. I love how you wore this as a Suit, I faked a Suit a couple of outfit posts ago, too. Check it out.

    My Pleasure linking up, too.

    Enjoy your week, Ada. =)

  • Loving this look! Your blazer is adorable! Also, killer shoes!


  • I’m a sucker for animal print! I have lots of it and I treat it as a neutral. The jacket is just the bomb on you – I have one that’s very similar and I wear it three seasons of the year.


    • momtrends

      Seems like we have a lot of fans of leopard.

  • Glamamom®

    Two things I love, blazers and animal print! You look fab!!

    • momtrends

      I know you are a blazer fan. I’m a club member too. Makes an outfit look so pulled together.

  • Mz Savvy Style

    I did a transitional leopard print look in my post today too! Great minds! Loving that jacket!

    • momtrends

      Meow! Love the leopard.

  • that jacket is a really beautiful piece. Love how sleek and put together this look is.

    • momtrends

      Thank you–there’s a little stretch in it–makes a big difference.

  • really like that bag and those heels! The blazer is a statement, even though I am not a big fan of animal prints!

    • momtrends

      The bag sadly was a loaner…wah!

  • Sarah Vitsas

    That jacket is gorgeous!! It takes a basic outfit and makes it amazing!

    • momtrends

      Thanks Sarah, love the price too!

  • momtrends

    Thanks Caroline!

  • momtrends

    Thanks for swinging by. I don’t buy real suits anymore–all about mix and match.

  • momtrends

    Thanks Tia.

  • momtrends

    Thanks Pam.

  • momtrends

    The shoes were loaners sadly–I might have to buy them.

  • momtrends

    Thanks Tanvi.

  • momtrends

    Sadly it was on loan. Should I buy it?

  • Jeannine

    Great outfit. Especially love the pants and shoes and how the jacket pulls all together. Great look.