The Leopard Print Coat Of My Dreams

I always knew when I found the perfect leopard print coat that I would dedicate an entire blog post to it. Well, here we are…

Outfit: Blue striped crop top, light brown suede skirt, Forever 21 leopard print jacket, teal beret, gold necklace, lavender tights, beige t-strap heels

My hunt began about 4 years ago after I deemed leopard print coats ‘cool’. They no longer felt tacky to me and I wanted to own one as soon as possible. In fact, I was willing to drop nearly $80 on one I spied in a vintage store a couple years ago. The only thing that kept us from running away together was the ripped lining.. and kinda sorta the old person smell.

After that, I vowed not to thrift one because most that I came across were in similar rough shape. Even though bargains and secondhand clothes are my life (my top and skirt were free) I knew this coat was something I would have to drop real cash on and Forever 21 had just the one but our timing never worked out.

Outfit: Blue striped crop top, light brown suede skirt, Forever 21 leopard print jacket, teal beret, gold necklace, lavender tights, beige t-strap heels Outfit details: gold statement necklace, striped crop top, leopard print coat Outfit: Blue striped crop top, light brown suede skirt, Forever 21 leopard print jacket, teal beret, gold necklace, lavender tights, beige t-strap heels

I watched this coat on the Forever21 website for the last two seasons and the price finally dipped below $50 and included free shipping. I closed my eyes and hit the ‘buy’ button.

It was right of me to worry because the coat ended up not fitting and to top it off, was unreturnable. You know how far $50 could have gotten me in a thrift store and now I just threw it away on a single coat? To say I was bummed out would be an understatement.

The only thing I could think of was to resell it and try to get my money back. I hopped onto a new-to-me app called Poshmark and put it up for sale. (See the listing here.) Just for fun, I checked the app to see if anyone else was selling my dream coat and somebody did have one up for grabs with new tags and original packaging! I quickly made an offer and then waited.. and waited.. and waited.. eventually I gave up because it seemed hopeless.

Outfit: Blue striped crop top, light brown suede skirt, Forever 21 leopard print jacket, teal beret, gold necklace, lavender tights, beige t-strap heels Outfit details: striped crop top, brown suede skirt, leopard print coat, lavender tights, beige t-strap high heelsOutfit: Blue striped crop top, light brown suede skirt, Forever 21 leopard print jacket, teal beret, gold necklace, lavender tights, beige t-strap heels Outfit: Blue striped crop top, light brown suede skirt, Forever 21 leopard print jacket, teal beret, gold necklace, lavender tights, beige t-strap heels

But then I got the best e-mail ever on Christmas day from the seller, and she wanted to offer me an even better deal for the coat. She seriously my day! I mean, no offence to the thoughtful gifts from my family but, well, ya know..

A few weeks later, the coat was in my possession and it instantly felt like reconnecting with an old friend. Given that my friend was made of faux fur that felt like butt-ah when I petted it.

Good things come to those who wait and, if you’re lucky, that ‘good thing’ just may be the item of your dreams!

Outfit details: brown suede skirt, leopard print coat, lavender tights, beige t-strap high heels
outfit-details-02Thrifted top, skirt, tights, and beret – under $5 total
Outlet Store t-strap high heels, $10
Poshmark leopard print coat, $25

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  • The Adored Life

    How are you so cute? I’m serious. I’m in massive love with this fun and amazing outfit. Of course you help it be over the top adorable so….
    The Adored Life

    • OMG STOP!!! You’re the best, Alissa! Thank you!!

  • courtney

    This jacket is seriously SO amazing! I love the way you styled it too!

    http://www.breakfastatvogueblog.com/

    • Thank you, Courtney! I can’t wait to wear it a ton more in the future.

  • Your jacket is lovely – so glad it worked out for you in the end and you got the piece you wanted, at an even better deal! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Modern Vintage

    Your coat is so fabulous, and it looks great with this outfit! Kx

  • I never knew I liked leopard print coats but seeing this post is seriously making me want one. Hmm perhaps I will give in and buy that M one off you!!! Haha oh lord….

    saralilyphoto.blogspot.com

    • Right? They’re kind of flying under the radar right now but you can’t help but notice how awesome they are when you do see one. Oh man, I’d love it if you bought mine. I’d even give you a friend discount! 😉

  • I can feel the nausea you must’ve had when you spent good money on something that didn’t fit. That’s one of the worst feelings everrrrrr! I’m SO happy you finally got the leopard print coat of your dreams! It looks so perfect on you. To think that I have 2 leopard print coats that I thrifted and both fit me perfectly makes me feel guilty that I don’t wear them enough. In honor of you, I’m going to blog about mine soon! ♡♡♡

    • YOU HAVE TWO!?!?! I might be crying a little bit.. LOL No, but that is crazy. Yes, you must wear them!! I want to see how you style it! I’m soaking in as much styling inspiration as I can find so it’d be cool to see how a friend wears one. 🙂

  • Anna Martin

    Such a perfect coat. <3 Love your shoes, too!

    – Anna

    http://www.melodicthriftychic.com

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