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Rachel Bilson Inspired Me to Dress Up Denim

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It’s here again lovelies…That cruel mistress known as Monday has shown her unwelcome face yet again. Is anyone else having a tough time getting going this morning? I’m hoping that my pot of Jamaica Blue java will pep me up a LOT or it’s gonna be a loooooooong day! Ya’ll know that fashion usually cures my rotten moods, so I must thank Rachel Bilson for helping me step away from the Monday blues for a at least a moment or two.

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Image via The Redhead Fashionista

I’m sure most of you have seen this amazing photo of her at Roberto Cavalli’s 40th anniversary party. Rosebud Network member The Redhead Fashionista featured it in her recent Friday Favorites post. Once I saw it, I was instantly inspired. Me being inspired by this style crush of mine is not unusual. Rachel Bilson’s inherent sense of style floors me more often than not and the pairing of a gorgeous feline printed gown paired with a scarlet clutch just speaks to me.

I often pair my leopard pieces with a red pout or mani, but now I’m dying to add red accessories to the mix! Since I don’t have a red carpet event coming up anytime soon, I decided to create a look that is a wee bit more dressed down than a gown, yet dressed up as far as a denim look is concerned. What do you think lovelies? Will you be rockin’ leopard and red this season?

rachel bilson inspired leopard look

From left to right: Mink Pink ‘Where the Wild Things Are Tunic at, Madewell ‘Starry Nights’ Blazer, Latico Clutch at Lori’s, Martinez Valero Red Suede Pumps at Zappos, Current/Elliot “The Roller Jeans’ at, Forever 21 ‘Center Stage Ring’ {BonBon Deal of the Day at $4.80}

Update: Wendy B reminded me that she’s always done leopard and red…And shame on me for not mentioning her because she certainly does give R. Bil a run for her money. Can you believe this dress made it to WWD’s Disaster Area page? Craziness!

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  • thebeautyfile

    OMG! I did NOT see that photo and it is FANTASTIC. Holy shit. Thanks for sharing love!

    October 4, 2010 at 11:06 am Reply
  • Kori

    Wow look at that gorgeous dress! I am so inspired! Have a great Monday honey! Kori xoxo

    October 4, 2010 at 11:06 am Reply
  • Suburban Sweetheart

    Lovely! I only have leopard-print flats. I don’t think I can pull off much more leopard than a small accessory like that, but I love it on others!

    October 4, 2010 at 11:08 am Reply
  • bananas.

    you know…for someone who hasn’t been in a movie in days or starring in a new TV series, the girl is out ALL THE TIME. and looks amazing ALL THE TIME! that dress seriously blows me away.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:12 am Reply
  • Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

    She looks so gorgeous in that leopard dress… love!

    October 4, 2010 at 11:14 am Reply
  • Kristina P.

    Yep! I have been for years now. I have a pair of leopard print pumps that I usually pair with a black dress and a red cardigan.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:23 am Reply
  • daisychain

    She always looks incredible!

    October 4, 2010 at 11:41 am Reply
  • Dancing Branflake

    Oh Rachel! You’ve grown up so much since the OC! She is gorgeous as ever and I love those picks. Especially those shoes. Yowza!

    October 4, 2010 at 11:46 am Reply
  • Josie

    I LOVE that Madewell sequined blazer. Gorgeous!
    xo Josie

    October 4, 2010 at 11:47 am Reply
  • Christina

    Definitely know what you mean about having a hard time getting going this morning. I’m still sitting here in my pajamas. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone 😉 I love the leopard with the red accessories. Everything about her look is perfect…the hair, the makeup, everything. It does actually make me excited about getting dressed this morning. Maybe I’ll have to go scrounge around in the ol’ closet for something sassy today.


    October 4, 2010 at 11:53 am Reply
  • Jude

    My goodness, she looks *amazing* in that first photo! Yowza! (Yup, grown up indeed :))

    October 4, 2010 at 11:59 am Reply
  • Anaiz

    She does look great, I would totally pair red with leopard. Great picks!

    October 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm Reply
  • Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    loving the red and leopard combination! and Rachel always looks amazing

    October 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm Reply
  • laura

    fabulous dress! happy monday…. drink more coffee if necessary

    October 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Jules

    Dressing up your denim in leopard print paired with red is a fabulous combo and I love the outfit you posted. The red suede pumps are perfect!

    Rachel Bilson looks gorgeous in that dress!

    October 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm Reply
  • Staley Mc

    Rachel Bilson just inspires me to dress everything up. She never disappoints in the look department!

    October 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • Sass

    She looks phenomenal! OMG! Scarlet + leopard is so super sexy but fun too! My favorite combo. Great post!

    October 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • Tiffany Morrison

    I am such a fan of Miss Bilson. She is lovely.

    October 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm Reply
  • Closet Fashionista

    Oooh I love this look (hers and yours)! Gorgeous 😀 😀

    October 4, 2010 at 12:50 pm Reply
  • everton terrace

    Think? What do I think? I think I’ve got to ge me some leopard and pronto! I prefer the black flat tennis shoes because I’d kill myself in those red heels. RB looks perfet.

    October 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm Reply
  • WendyB

    I’ve ALWAYS worn leopard and red.

    October 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm Reply
      • WendyB

        @The BonBon Rose Girls, ha ha! Thanks! It kind of bums me out to see the world running wild with my signature look, I must admit…but I know in a season all the fashionistas will declare it “so ovah” and I can go back to being picked on by WWD in peace.

        October 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • jill

    ooooh inspiration indeed!!! Those shoes, oh my I have fallen in love

    October 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm Reply
  • Bunny

    Love the blazer and jeans at the bottom. I need to add a little sparkle to my jeans!!

    October 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm Reply
  • the clothing menu

    rachel bilson always looks so amazing. good idea incorporating leapord and red with denim! a deep purple instead of red would probably look great too.

    October 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm Reply
  • drollgirl

    rachel looks fab! so does wendy! bet you would look gorgeous in something similar too!!!!

    October 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • betsy

    love that look!

    October 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • Betty Manousos

    Love that leopard dress! She looks fabulous!!
    That cigarette style roller jeans looks awesome as well!

    Have a fantastic Monday!
    Betty X xx

    October 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm Reply
  • Dawn {The Alternative Wife}

    Majorly swooning here! Over all of it! That Cavalli dress is my dream and your dressed down version is so my style. Amazing! xoxo

    October 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm Reply
  • xo, Alexi

    I like leopard and red! i’ve never been confident to pull it off, but you as well as rachel bilson have definitely inspired me!
    xo, Alexi
    at DG and A

    October 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm Reply
  • Snuggle Wasteland

    All the looks are gorgeous! *rawr*

    October 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm Reply
  • Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi

    Love that outfit! Did you see the pink dress Rachel wore recently in Paris? Also super fab.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm Reply
  • Krysten

    Red + leopard = LOVE. Gorgeous.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm Reply
  • taylor @ undomestic momma

    Rachel Bilson never goes wrong! Im loving the leopard and red!

    October 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm Reply
  • Fashion Herald

    LOVE the red shoe pick to go with leopard, perfect tone! And I can never get enough of WendyB in her leopard dress.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm Reply
  • doodlesbylauren

    Love Rachel AND leopard!!!!!! (But some rolled boyfriend jeans and chuck taylors are too shabby either)!!!

    October 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm Reply
  • Tiffany

    RB looks beyond gorgeous in that dress. leopard print and red accessories are definite bff’s.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm Reply
  • Ang

    Love leopard, love red and leopard but you know what I love more? Emerald green and leopard. Trust. Its a combo hard to find as one piece, so add your own…..its good.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm Reply
    • WendyB

      @Ang, Dolce & Gabbana has an emerald green/leopard spotted strapless dress out this season!

      October 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm Reply
      • Ang

        @The BonBon Rose Girls,

        thanks!! I love your blog, will be checking in often!

        October 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm Reply
  • Shelley

    i love the denim with the leopard but the red clutch is gorgeous!

    October 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • Tights Lover

    Awesome post. I love Rachel and love leopard-inspired looks! Hope the coffee has kicked in…mine certainly hasn’t…

    October 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm Reply
  • firepages

    Rachel Bilson looks gorgeous! I am totally loving how you paired the red lips and the leopard dress. And the red pumps. My mind is going crazy for these pics!

    October 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm Reply
  • Couture Carrie

    Gorgeous inspirations!
    Love RB and WB so!


    October 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm Reply
  • Samantha

    I love Rachel Bilson’s look here! So inspiring : ) And the pieces you chose are fabulous..I agree, I tend to add a pop of red to liven things up!


    October 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm Reply
  • Katie

    How does Rachel Bilson always look so amazing?! It’d be annoying but I love her haha.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm Reply
  • Sherin

    Rachel Bilson is definitely a style icon of mine. I love her style and she looked amazing at the Cavalli party.

    October 4, 2010 at 4:16 pm Reply
  • lindsay

    LOVING the leopard 🙂

    October 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm Reply
  • Shea

    Yes–I’ll take this whole outfit please! I love the leopard + red, it’s gorgeous.

    October 4, 2010 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • krystal/village

    rachel looks gorgeous there 🙂

    October 4, 2010 at 4:45 pm Reply
  • kristin

    I’ve got these hot leopard high heels and they never ever go out of fashion. The best fashionista investment:)

    October 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm Reply
  • Cindy

    How are you? Your blog is great and I love your style! I’m glad that I’ve visited yours.

    Please, check mine, & maybe we can follow eachother? + join my giveaway!

    Thanks and love,

    October 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Leeann @ Join the Gossip

    Thanks for this post. It reminds me how much I love, and how little I wear, my leopard ballerina flats. I think I will do so soon 🙂

    October 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm Reply
  • isabel

    leopard and red is a great mix

    October 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm Reply
  • Molly

    When I grow up I want to look just like Rachel Bilson… and dress like her too!
    Leopard + Red = Perfection

    October 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    I think Rachel and Wendy both look awesome. Takes some serious confidence to wear that print!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm Reply
  • Valerie

    Rachel Bilson is one of my FAVORITES. She looks incredible here and that dress was made for her. Such a fun look!


    October 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm Reply
  • Allison

    Rachel Bilson just inspires me, period. What a fabulous outfit!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm Reply
  • Miss Neira

    Anytime I find a way to wear leopard I will take it! look at that photo, gorgeous dress!
    Miss Neira

    October 4, 2010 at 7:04 pm Reply
  • Grace

    So fun! Rachel can never fail, it seems. I love to pair adorable leopard ballet flats with dark skinny jeans and a flowy red top.

    October 4, 2010 at 7:13 pm Reply
  • Blair @ Wild & Precious

    RB – so pretty!

    i think i need more leopard in my life!

    October 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    Loving the leopard!!

    October 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm Reply
  • blueviolet

    What gorgeous pieces here! Love this!

    October 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm Reply
  • Casee Marie

    Love the leopard and red look! I’ve got a few little leopard elements, but I’m not daring enough to go too bold with it. Red lips, on the other hand, are a pretty common part of my look. Haha.

    P.S. Did you know Rachel Bilson has a little feature in InStyle called Ask Rachel? It’s lovely!

    October 4, 2010 at 8:28 pm Reply
  • Laura@JourneyChic

    Love this look! Those red pumps are fabulous!

    October 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm Reply
  • Sandy a la Mode

    YAY leopard!!! and rachel is always soo beautiful!!

    October 4, 2010 at 11:37 pm Reply
  • Daphne

    Love all the animal print this coming season as well. Those roll over jeans were pretty cool (pretty pricey too).

    October 5, 2010 at 1:12 am Reply
  • Chrissi

    Hey Bon Bon! Thanks for posting this look – adorable! Love that you used the Latico Clutch as a fabulous accessory!

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    Thanks <3

    October 5, 2010 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Lyddiegal

    I’m in love with your look!
    leopard, sequins, red suede pumps… i’m practically drooling.

    October 5, 2010 at 10:15 am Reply
  • Jackiefo

    rachel bilson ALWAYS looks chic! even when she is not trying to… although i am sure she is always trying to ha

    October 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm Reply
  • Cassie

    Wow, Rachel looks AMAZING! I’m seriously impressed because I don’t usually like leopard head to toe, but she rocked it!

    I would totally wear the complete outfit you designed though!

    October 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm Reply
  • hotpants

    I love leopard and red together. I thought Bilson looked great when I saw that pic.

    October 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm Reply
  • Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant!

    Red and leapord is a classic combo that has to be done with care in order to not look seedy. I always appreicate when someone pulls it off so elegantly like Rachel Bilson. I’m a fan of Cavali dresses, and she just looks magnificent! I would like to give this look a try, especially considering the gorgeous red accessories i have in closet. Now to find the perfect leaporad cardigan…

    October 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm Reply

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