I don’t know about you, but once I leave the house for the day, I am loathe to return until I am home for good and it is time to sink into the couch with a happy sigh. I also hate having to lug around extra clothes with me, so I am always looking for clothes that can take me from meetings to drinks (and maybe the dance floor) seamlessly. I’m also on a super leopard kick lately (aren’t we all?), so as soon as I saw this monochrome print top from Catherines, I knew I wanted to style it two ways, no additional clothing required!
There are many different ways a garment can be a versatile addition to your closet, but pieces that are transformers rate high on my list. This ruched side pencil skirt is a perfect example. Depending on how high you wear it on your waist, it can hit just at or below the knee when worn at its regular length. I am 5’4″ and have a short torso, so I pulled it up to my natural waist for a retro wiggle skirt vibe. To keep things office-appropriate, I tucked the leopard button down in and bloused it out a bit, leaving it buttoned to the top.
To take this look to the weekend, I just switched up the styling with a few small adjustments. I took advantage of the ruching on the skirt by pulling it up higher to make it a mini. Because this style is meant to be gathered, the bunching doesn’t look out of place – just be sure to distribute the folds evenly throughout the length of the skirt (i.e. you don’t want it all bunched at the bottom with no ruching at the top).
I left the back of the shirt tucked in and unbuttoned the bottom half of the front, tying it up to make a peekaboo crop top. I also unbuttoned just the top button of the top to make it a little more casual (any more and it would have been too much for me!)
This skirt is from the Catherines Curvy Collection, which has styles that are more form fitting and figure flaunting than their classic line. This skirt fits me like a glove in a 0XP (I love that Catherines has petite plus!), and it comes in sizes up to 5x. The leopard print button down is from their classic collection, and untucked it has their staple flowy silhouette. I got a 1x in this top to make sure to accommodate my bust for the button down, and I’m glad I did. It flows over my bust without gapping, and will also look great with a partial tuck into black ankle jeans worn with booties for a more casual look.
This post is sponsored by Catherines. All thoughts and opinions my own, as always!