WIW: Neutral Animal

This is the debut of my new light weight knit black and white animal print tunic style pull over. I adore the weight of this pull over - light enough that I'm not going to melt in the overly hot office but enough weight that it feels right for fall/winter.

I paired the pull over with my white BF jeans, worn full length. I tried the tunic both semi tucked and untucked and decided to go untucked today for a change. 

I chose my sand coloured suede wedge booties for footwear and then went with cognac for my jacket and handbag. Red specs and lip finish off the outfit. I'm loving the all neutral combination, especially the pairing of the white and cognac.

What do you think? Does this all work together? Should I have gone with semi tuck instead? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Pull over: Cleo Petite
Jeans: True Religion Brianna (eBay)
Booties: Toms
Handbag: Fossil
Jacket: Lord & Taylor

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  • Ingunn replied 5 years ago

    I think it is brilliant! I particularly like the untucked tunic with the jacket over. Beautiful, beautiful colors on you, Shannon. What a gorgeous sweater that is. 

  • Lynne replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous....you have such a good eye for what suits you, Shannon.  Neutrals isn't the word that comes to mind with this outfit because the colours - though they are neutral - all have enough intensity and surface interest to give the outfit a lovely richness.   I love it, especially your gorgeous jacket!

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    Looks absolutely fab:). I like the sweater worn this way. If you had worn a darker shoe I would suggest a semi tuck to lengthen the leg line but in this instance you don't need it. The cognac works so well with this combo, infact I adore cognac on you Shannon, it is a very flattering tone:)

  • Elizabeth P replied 5 years ago

    I like it just as it is.

    And I need you to stop showing new tops, it's getting expensive :)

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    This totally works. I am always awestruck by your ability to pull of this look without semi-tucking. I agree with everything Lynne and Deborah say. 

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Terrific on its own and super duper with the cognac jacket and bag! Your new insights are working beautifully.

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    Love the new  animal top! And changing the color scheme from the predictable bl&w&grey to the not so predictable  but still working great cognac&w&grey is  brilliant! I really have to buy me some cognac booties(and bag).

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    The cognac jacket adds just the right structure. Love the top with white BFs

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Thanks ladies :)

    I have to say that this cognac jacket was a bit of a wildcard for me since I don't usually go into the brown shades and yet I've worn it quite a bit already since I bought it a month or so ago and am loving it more every time I wear it.

  • Neel replied 5 years ago

    Lovely all neutral outfit! The animal print gives a fab twist to it. The cognac jacket is luscious ^_^

  • replied 5 years ago

    Nice change to  quieter colours for you !  Like the sweater over jeans just as is, but especially with the jacket over top. The jacket just pulls in the volume thaaaat much - enough to create some shape.  What a great little jacket!

  • Sara L. replied 5 years ago

    I love those booties - I wonder if they have them in black?  Also great outfit with the white jeans.  I just tossed my white jeans and was thinking I could wait until spring to buy new ones, but now I'm rethinking that strategy. 

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    FABULOUS. You had me with the white jeans, and gorgeous new pullover. Nice V-neck. 

    I look forward to seeing your smiley WIW each morning, Shannon. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Angie - you just made my day :)

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    Beautifully done, Shannon.  In this case, I like the untucked for the varied length of the toppers.  As Deborah mentioned, this works partly due to the lighter boots. 

    And white pants always give a crisp look (except when one spills ketchup and strawberries on them).  I could see Angie wearing a look like this.  Come to think of it.....an Angie copy could be fun!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Oh, I adore this look Shannon. Love the proportions with the sweater un-tucked and the cognac is delish.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    I saw the thumbnail and had to click to see this outfit. I like the tunic worn as a tunic, rather than semi-tucked. It's such a sleek look. The cognac bag and jacket are great with it, too--adds a richness to the outfit. Very lovely; nicely done!

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    Great outfit! I like that you went with the sand colored booties instead of black - it creates a nice long line. Hmm...I have a black and white tunic, white jeans, and sand colored booties - thanks for the outfit inspiration, girlfriend! I'm marking this as one of my favorites so I can copy it :)

  • Elly replied 5 years ago

    You look like an animal-print wearing version of me in this-- I wear that type of combo a lot. I love that jacket on you! Nice :)

    Shannon, would it be weird to ask you the story of your wedding rings? I remember thinking it was unusual and beautiful and that there MUST be a story there.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Elly - I'm sorry I'm so late in replying to this thread. My goodness, there are just not enough hours in the day are there?

    My wedding band....I have two. I have the original gold bands we exchanged on our wedding day 27 years ago but about 10 years ago, we went to visit a relative who lives just outside a Haida Band reserve. It was an absolutely idyllic place full of natural beauty and very untouched by mankind. We ended up one day speaking with one of the Elders and I noticed this beautiful silver ring he had on with some engravings. When I commented on it, he proceeded to tell me the meaning of the ring and its symbols. In the centre of the band, there is the beak and eyes of the Eagle, symbolizing the knowledge and wisdom, as well as the eyes for seeing into your heart and soul, and on either side of the Eagle, is an Orca whale's tail. The Orca is natural to the area of this Haida Band and although it doesn't mate for life, it is considered to be one of the most loving and social creatures Mother Earth created and therefore the two tails represent your endearing love for one another.

    After our discussion I was so moved by his obvious love for the earth and his culture that I started to cry. He then asked us to come with him to the small jewelry store on the actual reserve and presented us both with the same bands. It's my favorite piece of jewelry ever.

  • Lynne replied 5 years ago

    Shannon, that is so beautiful......your ring sounds like a touchstone that takes you back to that place and those feelings.  Wow.  Just wow!

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