The Urban Explorer :: white + leopard

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Yes it's after Labor Day and yes I'm wearing white. But hey, rules were made to be broken, am I right? Plus white-on-white is my new favorite combo (in case you couldn't tell from all of my summer posts herehere, here, and here) and it's way too beautiful to only wear a few months out of the year. So I am embracing white and giving it my stamp of approval for all-year-round wear. And let's be real, we still have two more weeks until it's officially fall. 
To master white during the chillier months, ground the bright hue with a calm neutral. Camel is your best choice during these transitional weeks due to its soft yet warm tone. 
It may be well into September but here in NYC things have yet to cool down. This past Tuesday was actually one of the hottest days of the year for us, which makes it hard for me to even think about jeans, scarves, and boots. I love this look because it has an autumn vibe yet I can still wear it in the heat. 
My leopard print Sam Edelman heels are a forever favorite of mine. They work in any season but I have a feeling I'll be getting a lot of use out of them this fall. Leopard & autumn is an effortless combination, just like sprinkles & soft serve - it just has to happen! 
I chose gold jewelry to bring out the warm tones in my outfit. Gold is such an elegant metal for fall, and paired with a cleansing white background it truly stands out. 
I love breaking style "rules" and figuring out a way to make a fashion faux-pas work, because I don't care what anyone says, white is a classic color and can be worn whenever you want! Here I was able to turn an all-white outfit into a pre-fall look with some wild print, a statement jacket, and a touch of gold. 
This unique ear candy by Cara New York was inside the birthday box my mom sent me in August. They can be worn up the side of your ear or dangling below your lobe like I have them. I love the spikes and how they give this dainty pair of earrings a spark of edge. 
This killer fall jacket from Ann Taylor (which is now on sale) was an easy choice for me because it can double as a blazer. It's definitely a step above your typical jacket and I love this shade of brown, it's very timeless and polished. 
[top: Ann Taylor // shorts: Ann Taylor // jacket: Ann Taylor // heels: Sam Edelman //necklace: Ann Taylor (similar here) // earrings: Cara New York (I also like this pair) // cream bangle: Kate Spade // cream leather bangle: Reiss (I also like this one) // gold link bracelet: Stella & Dot // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // heart bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

These photos were taken in my Upper Eastside neighborhood while one of my roommates (who also happens to double as my photographer) and I were exploring a street we had never visited before. When I texted one of these photos to my mom she exclaimed, "Nice picture! You're an urban explorer now!" and that's how this post title came about. Moms are always right and once I took a step back I realized that I really do resemble an explorer - complete with a tan jacket and leopard print heels.

More stylish exploring to come! 


  1. You look great dear! I love your shoes and that jacket is beautiful :)

    Pretty Little Stories

  2. You look great! Thees shoes are great accent!

  3. Love the necklace! Such a chic look!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  4. I absolutely love the delicate jewelry -- my favorite kind. You look gorgeous!


  5. These leopard heels add such a perfect touch to the outfit!

  6. you look flawless Kat! Love every piece that you're wearing :)

  7. Great jacket! ♥

  8. Smart casual look,Kat. I love the color choice!

  9. Love this look, dear! You're right, we don't want to think about jeans and scarves yet!
    Love the white-camel combo and the heels <3

    Lots of love

    Alicia & SofĂ­a

  10. I think you can totally rock white all year long! Especially the way you've styled it! Love it!

  11. Loving this white after Labour Day look. Those shoes are adorable and I love that they add that bit of fall colouring to the look!

    Something About That

  12. you look stunning!

  13. Your mom was right you do look like an explorer and a very chic one at that! I love that you are wearing white and I think we can all wear white until it gets too cold! You layered your outfit beautifully with that neutral jacket!
    I just adore those shoes, the leopard print is perfect for fall and I can see these being a classic shoe in your wardrobe for years to come!


  14. Haha you are an urban explorer now, I go to the doctor up there to the NYU Women's clinic. And I wore white today too. But you look a lot better then I did, I put on a pair of white jeans that I wanted to get rid of last summer but somehow forgot until I put them on again and was like oh yeah these look awful on me too big and stretched out. Yup two more weeks until fall time to do a closet purge.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  15. Looking gorgeous Kathleen! I really love the color of white on you.. i'm starting to like camel neutral nowadays.. so easy on the eyes and looks polished! :)

    -- new blogpost in my blog :)
    Take care always, love Christine ~ xx

  16. You are soooo pretty! I love your outfit and all the jewellery you put on! You are so lucky to still have some hot weather and sunshine in New York - here in Denmark it's starting to get colder and jeans and scarves are definitely needed! I actually have to find a new jacket soon, because my denim jacket isn't very good at keeping me warm :/ But it's a good excuse to go on a shopping trip, haha :D

    Hugs from Denmark x
    Mathilde | MATHILDE JULIE

  17. Great color combo and Lovely shoes... you're always so stylish girl!
    xo Paola
    My Facebook

  18. White and nude is an awesome combo. You look so classy. I loooooove your cute leo shoes. Happy Sunday Kat!

    xx /

  19. And we are already in autumn, the days are getting shorter, the trees lose their leaves, but you won't hear me complain because I do love this time of the year:)
    By the way, I'm simply in love with this outfit, it's so classy, clear and neat. All pieces works perfectly well together:) You look great, Kathleen!

  20. Wspaniala stylizacja ;) Masz sliczna oryginalna urode ;)

  21. heels are sub fab! Like u!

  22. Beautiful outfit!!!

  23. I wore a white outfit in my latest post too -- oops! Haha, I had no idea the rule existed, honestly, but whatever, white works all year round! You look lovely, Kat, and gold looks so good on you!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

  24. Love the white on white especially with the tan and leopard!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  25. the jacket is so pretty!:) and I love your layered necklace!♥

  26. Love this chic look and your accessories are on point! Love that gorgeous gold necklace and the leopard pumps :)

    xoxo Nicole

  27. Amazing as always sweetie! Great shoes!:)

  28. love those heels! so chic!

    love from San Francisco,

  29. so many beautiful outfits

  30. Love how you accented your white pieces with beige, and those heels are absolutely stunning!! Very nicely done :)

    House of Illusions

  31. Hey Kat, super nice outfit, cool tones , and those heels...I could live inside your heels!! (I wish...)