You don’t really have to sell me on the theory of matching sets. They’re basically a more versatile romper (or dress, as the case may be). I get it. But for some reason…despite the fact that matching sets have been a trend now for, oh, several years…I hadn’t actually taken the plunge.
Enter this silk leopard print set by Anine Bing. It’s an odd choice for a starter matching set — it’s pricey, for one (but I am partial to silk over polyester), and it’s ever-so-slightly confusing like…maybe it’s lingerie?
That was my escape clause, I think. If it doesn’t work, I can always wear it to bed. (Does anyone else do this? Buy something and think you like it until you actually wear it out…and then realize, hours later, that you feel like you are in COSTUME and that the piece isn’t you at all?? Just me?)
Anyway, I was wrong. Or right. This set is my set. The slight lingerie vibe when I wear the pieces together actually make it less precious, more effortless, especially with flats. And silk camis have been my go-to all summer long, so the leopard print just feels like the upgrade I’ve been waiting for. And the shorts? I’ve been wearing them in place of denim cut-offs with sneaks and graphic tees — and YES. They’re wildly my thing, har har.
Leopard Print Set
Sorry about my face. Not sure why I’m looking so smug. (In truth, the mosquitos were out in force, and I was NOT HAPPY.)
The Leopard Silk Cami
I couldn’t even shoot all of the many, many ways I’ve been wearing this silk cami. I think it’s going to be the cornerstone of my holiday look with some wide-legged, maroon cords. You can see the whole outfit in our family music video, here (haha).
The Leopard Silk Shorts
Shop A Few More Matching Sets
I really like 100% silk (it’s so good in all weather conditions), but it is pricey. So…I included a few satin sets (with a much more affordable price point). And! Before I forget! You can hand-wash silk, it just won’t retain that new-silk shine. I hand wash most of my silk pieces…except for this leopard set. I’m still debating on whether I want to retain that shine or allow it to be more matte….
Anyway, all of these pieces would be totally versatile on their own…or have a seriously major impact when worn together. It’s just….FUN.