A Walk on the Wild Side of Fashion in Faux Fur & Leopard Print

Ageless Style Linkup

The ladies of the Ageless Style Linkup are welcoming in 2019 a week later than usual. But we’re ringing in the new year luxuriously wrapped in faux fur! All I can say is, “grrr Baby!”

The Ageless Style sisters are a group of 9 bloggers and one guest blogger, all over the age of 40. On the first Tuesday of each month we style an outfit based on a fashion theme, chosen by one of us. We’re proving that style has no age limit and even though we style one theme, style is as unique as the woman wearing it.

This month, our stylish leader, Jennie (A Pocketful of Polka Dots) is taking us on a walk to the wild side with her faux fur theme. Leslie, from Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After is taking on co-hosting duties. She is a retired librarian who’s inviting us on her journey to figure out who she really is in her life after retirement.

Fashion for women over 50 ||  Faux Fur and Leopard Print Mix  ||  Plus Size fashion  ||  Over the knee boots

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I don’t have any real fur and I don’t have a ton of faux fur either. But keep in mind that a little goes a long way with some fashion trends. I did get this Spencer reversible faux fur vest from Aventura Clothing earlier this season. It turned out to be the perfect piece to “winterize” this gorgeous Marks & Spencer leopard print dress. (The color I’m wearing in this post is sold out.) 🙁

Marks & Spencer is a European retailer but they have great shipping and return policies for those of us purchasing from The States. You can read this post for more tips on ordering from international retailers online.

Faux fur and leopard print  ||  Aventura Clothing  ||  fashion for women over 50  ||  winter fashion
fashion for women over 50  ||| faux fur and leopard print  ||  ageless style  ||  plus size fashion for women over 50
fashion for women over 50  ||  plus size fashion for women over 50  ||  leopard print and faux fur
Dress- color sold out (similar) || Vest (similar) (similar) || Belt (similar) || Hat (similar) || Boots (similar) (similar) || Earrings (similar) (similar) || Bracelet

The Outfit – A Snow Leopard in Faux Fur

Why It Works

I’m calling this look, Snow Leopard. The blush, cream and brown leopard print dress paired with the natural looking faux fur is a winning combination on it’s own. But, worn on a light snowy day, it’s animal attraction!

I love the bold but muted leopard print, flowy (forgiving) silhouette, and billowy sleeves of the M & S dress.It definitely has more shape when it’s belted which is a key styling “secret” for the curvalicious among us. Stick-Chicks can get away with flowing shapes without it looking like a mu-mu. We, however, must BELT-IT!

The dress’s lightweight fabric can be worn in four seasons with a few layering tricks. For this photo shoot I wore over the knee boots, but I was absolutely frozen by the time I was finished even with the vest, hat, and boots. If I wear this again and plan to be somewhere cold, I would add some thin layers underneath. Long underwear made of silk or very thin silky fabric would have made this perfect for the day.

The vest is reversible and very thin. It doesn’t add bulk to the loose shape of the dress. Again, this is important whether you are curvy all over or large chested.

What I’d Change

Besides making this outfit cold weather appropriate, I could opt for a shorter vest. One that hits above where my butt protrudes is more slimming from the side view. After these photos were taken I ordered this one from Amazon. It’s great quality for the price point and hits just right. It also has a cool Telluride vibe to it.

I would also style this with sneakers or booties and a jean jacket. I’m also inspired by this look. So, you might see it styled with some sort of blazer and a pair of sneakers in the future.

Having multiple ways to style each piece in our closets gives us tons more value from our wardrobe dollars.

Where I’d Wear This

I can honestly say I’d wear this almost anywhere. It would look cozy-chic at church,work or a bridal/baby shower. I would go to lunch with a friend, out to dinner or on a date night in it. And, if I had a really cool belt-bag that would hold my cell phone, I would even wear it shopping.

Faux Fur Fun

I don’t mind making bold fashion statements sometimes, but I mostly like to keep things simple. This look is a little bit of both in my book. It combines two trends, but each are subdued in either color, shape or size.

Do you have any faux fur in your closet? If you don’t, consider starting with a faux fur vest. It’s pretty easy to incorporate it into your wardrobe no matter what style you favor.

Be cute, cozy and confident,



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  1. You look absolutely gorgeous in this leopard dress. I’m English so Marks and Spencers is well known by me (I love buying their food too haha). Happy New Year you beauty xx

  2. jodie filogomo

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this look. Did I say that I love this?? Well, I’m not joking. Could you even look more like a snow bunny in this.
    But I will disagree on one point. I don’t think the length is bad at all. Granted I like having a couple of different lengths of vests, but this one looks great on you from every angle. And it’s reversible?? To me that’s the icing on the cake. Of course, now I want to see the other side…pretty please??

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    Wow, you look beyond amazing in your snow leopard look! I like that this has a little bit of a western vibe and the way you incorporated a mix of textures and colors. Your photos look gorgeous, too!

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    You look Fantastic Paula and the vest is perfect. Happy 2019

  5. I adore your Snow Leopard look. I always think about how to wear my thinner dresses in the winter and, honestly, I never thought about thin underwear. Genius!! I just always think sweaters and more sweaters.

  6. You look absolutely gorgeous my little snow leopard! The snow leopard made me smile because it reminded me of one of my students. She is autistic and is never ever without a cute pair of ear muffs to muffle the environmental noise. She got a new pair for Christmas and was super excited because they are snow leopard…lol! How is it that we twin almost every time we do the link up?!

  7. LOVE that you paired faux fur with a dress. Read every word of your post and found myself nodding in agreement about not wanting to wear a bulky vest. I am well endowed in the ‘girls’ department and I certainly don’t need any more volume or bulk there (or on my behind, for that matter). Your thin vest is the perfect solution. I live in far west Texas, too, and our winters are generally mild. Your vest makes much more sense than the one I bought at Target that’s about 3″ thick. I feel like a linebacker in it.

    Your photographs are lovely, too. Jealous of your snow. We only get a dusting now and then – not nearly enough for picture taking opportunities.

    Sure do appreciate being invited to join you fashionistas for the first Ageless Style post of 2019. Thank you for the opportunity!

  8. You luscious snow leopard, you! Paula you are totally owning this look and I love every element. The hat and boots and the belt – with that beautiful dress and vest, perfect combo. I had no idea Marks & Spencer was available to us, thought it was only in Europe! I am so glad you shared that tidbit, a new place to shop!

  9. I love your look! I don’t have nearly enough faux fur …. I’m getting a pretty good collection of leopard print, though (but not the white leopard – definitely need to add some of that). I didn’t know that Marks & Spencer had a reasonable return policy – that’s so good to know because normally overseas returns are enough to keep me from even looking!


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    Very good idea with long underwear made of silk with that outfit. Anyway, animal print looks great on you.

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