Leather & Leopard Prints

There are brief moments during a Southern California winter when it gets cold enough to justify wearing a leather jacket. These occasions are few and far between, the weather momentarily dropping from a pleasant 70 degrees to a foreign 40. On these days, every local news station is compelled to "go nuts" and you might see a spike in pumpkin spice lattes sales.

A moment of silence for all you East Coasters rolling your eyes right now.

Still, I'll admit that I like to take advantage of these climatic unicorns. While it's not chilly enough for a fabulous wool or exotic-fur coat, it's not appropriate for your seersucker shorts either. It is, however, just the right temperature for a smart leather jacket...

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I am loving this Ann Taylor A-list leather jacket. Instead of being a full-out motorcycle jacket, it has just the right amount of detailing to be interesting , and yet is streamlined enough that you can style it for work or business.


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This look can be worn to a more casual business or work meeting, or in more contemporary/casual office environment.


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When choosing a leather jacket (or anything really) pay attention to the details. If you're more of a gold-metal person like me, look for a jacket with gold zippers/buttons. Likewise if you're more of a platinum or silver girl, look for a jacket with plain (not gold) metal zippers/buttons.


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Wearing classic black pumps brings the look together. Yes, you're wearing leather and leopard print but add the pumps and everything instantly look more professional.


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All Photos By Sabrina Hill of PartyWithNoCake.com
Style Notes:
Leather Jacket, Leopard Print Top and Blue Cropped Pants - All Ann Taylor.
Shoes - Christian Louboutin.



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  • Arianne says:

    My sister’s in CA and she tells me the same thing, the weather suddenly dropped and the perpetual sunshine suddenly hid behind clouds. Too bad she doesn’t have much fashion sense like yours, she’s more bent on wearing layers and layers of clothes these days.. I need to tell her about your blog so she’ll wake up from being a fashion disaster 🙂

  • Amanda says:

    Oh I love the cold weather from time to time, but not the biting cold that makes me not go out of my room.. Anyway, I love wearing motorcycle jackets, too, I think it looks cool and exciting. I like the one you’re wearing, too!

  • Taylor says:

    I haven’t really tried wearing a leather jacket over a leopard or tiger print blouse. But it does look good, I think I’m gonna try that next week when I get back to work. Thanks Heidi.

  • Raine Carlisle says:

    Good quality leather is really a must have in this kind of weather. Sad to say though, there are lot of faux pas leather I see in some stores that not only wrinkle, it also suffocates the user. It’s nice to invest on good quality ones like the one you have. THanks for the other jacket ideas 🙂

  • MJ says:

    Motorcycle jackets are “in” these days, and it’s good to see women wearing them aside from the guys. I actually prefer it too, because it gives me the sense of fashion and warmth and rocker chic persona 🙂

  • Ash says:

    Winter and Leather – I guess these two go hand in hand. The perfect time to don your leather jackets is when the Arctic blows hard and you couldn’t even feel your toes because of the cold. I have kept and purchased at least four leather coats and jackets to keep me warm during these cold times.

    • loreleichung says:

      Lucky you! I’ve got I think only one leather jacket, the rest are cashmere sweaters… and at times like this when there’s blizzard and snowmageddon and everything, I’d welcome any kind of jacket just to get warm 🙂

  • Iona Marie says:

    Leather and Leopard prints – now that’s something new to me. I’d like to try that mix sometime. Thanks for modeling it Heidi, you really look great!

  • Jenni Clark says:

    I still have yet to mix leather and leopard prints, too. You look gorgeous, as always, Heidi!

  • Arianne says:

    Whether you’re just taking a walk or going to a meeting or a casual event, you always look stunning Heidi! I love the leather jacket over leopard prints, the hair suits you perfectly, too!

  • Hannah says:

    I must say, leather is quite in demand these days, but not because of the cold weather but because it seems to be instyle with whatever clothes you have on. I am also going to try this new leather jacket I ordered a week ago and see how it goes with my red turtleneck blouse..

  • Bridgette says:

    There’s been a blizzard here and we’re really up to our necks with our clothes and such. Brrrr…. Freezing cold! I’d trade all my swimsuits for a nice leather jacket, even two, just to keep my teeth from chatttterring.. 😀

  • Gabby says:

    Thanks for sharing with us jacket options, those leather jackets really look cool and stunning. I’m wearing one right now, though no one else would be able to see it coz I can’t get out of the house because it’s freezing!

  • Ash says:

    Ohmigosh, I couldn’t even tell you how cold it is here! A leather jacket is definitely a must!

  • Georgina M says:

    Wow, you’re looking good, Heidi… actually, scratch that – you’re looking great!

  • Amanda says:

    Oh gosh… just an update, we’ve got at least 5 inches of snow outside and it’s really wicked, I’m glad I have a leather jacket on. It’s not as fashionable as the one you’re wearing, though, but this would do. I hope you’re all doing okay in this kind of weather.

  • kylie rachel says:

    Your Ann Taylor jacket really looks great on you Heidi! I have one like that, too, very comfortable and stylish, perfect for any kinds of print shirts/blouses 🙂

  • Francesca says:

    I like your look here, Heidi! You seem calm and carefree and really pretty! I love this look on you! Actually, I want to copy that style and hope to look as great as you are 😉 wish me luck!

  • Marielle P. says:

    You look stunning, Heidi! And with the sun’s rays as one of your background, the whole scene looks ethereal 🙂 It’s nice knowing the sun is already up in your area… Ours, we’re still snowbound!

  • Susan Armstrong says:

    you’re really rockin’ that leather and leopard outfit, Heidi, so cool!

  • Naomi says:

    they say when you wear leather jackets, you will get the rockstar look. But I digress, because you look even more feminine and sexy with that outfit 🙂

  • Helga says:

    I actually think winter has extended its vacation because in our place, it’s still freezing and sooo harshly cold. I wouldn’t mind wearing that classic leather jacket just like yours, it looks wicked!

  • Vhiel Roman says:

    My front yard is blanketed with snow but I really need to get to work, so I’ve taken up some of your suggestions for winter gears. Luckily my hubby bought me a leather moto-jacket just like yours, so this is going to be very useful. I love your leopard prints!

  • Carmencita says:

    Leather jackets are a must have these days. I myself have one, but it’s not as stunning as the one you’re wearing. Great tips, by the way 🙂

  • Angelique says:

    I copied this style a few weeks ago, I thought I won’t be able to pull it off, but it did! My friends liked how I paired my leopard (or should I say, cheetah) prints with my leather jacket and classic black stiletto pumps!

  • Cheska says:

    Leather jacket will never go out of style, that I am sure of. You look like a rockstar here, Heidi!

  • Ellen says:

    I give props to your photographer because he/she was able to capture your beauty amid the sunny skies. You look stunning with that leather jacket, too!

  • Andie Jackson says:

    Love the jacket and prints combo, I’ll be taking note of this so I can wear it real soon when I have some serious meetings or friends night-out. A leather jacket is indeed a must!

  • Maryanne says:

    The leather and leopard print combo looks awesome! I can’t wait to wear that combo next winter. But for now, maybe the leopard print skirts will suffice 🙂

  • Riley says:

    I like this combination – leather and black and leopard prints. Perfect party ensemble too! Thanks for your stylish suggestions, Heidi, you rock!

  • Love the leather printed blouse. I find solace and beauty in printed dresses. Donning a black leather provided more fun and excitement on your outfit 🙂

  • Foxxy Ashley says:

    You are rocking this outfit Heidi, black and leather looks really great on you!

  • Margaret Walters says:

    THis look is quite edgy, but I am sure I can pull this off. Love prints and leather clothes. This is indeed a great combination

  • Alessa Gurl says:

    You’re really beautiful! You rock that leather and leopard print combo!

  • Laurice says:

    Love, love, love the unique combo! Leather jackets are actually my thing, but I haven’t experimented on leopard prints. You look fantastic here, Heidi!

  • Beatrixe Summers says:

    That leather jacket looks really comfortable nowadays, what with all the snow piling up in my front yard lately. New York is freezing and I want to look warm yet still fab when I need to go out of my house.

  • Elizabeth Hope says:

    Good thing I had a wardrobe half-filled with leather jackets and pants. These are my ready-to-wear during winter days. I love to feel the warmth leather clothes give when the wind blows fierce!

  • Cara Davids says:

    Leather and leopard prints… I think that’s a cool combo.. Yeah.. Why not..

  • Marcia says:

    That leather and leopard print combo is definitely a killer. I love love love it! <3

  • Win Win says:

    Gotta love this outfit of yours! Yay!

  • Beth Quinn says:

    I love everything about this look Heidi. So cool!

  • Esme Janiston says:

    I like this style. I don’t often wear prints, but I like the leopard ones.