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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.

rachel bilson

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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  1. bananas. says

    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.

  2. Christina says

    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.


  3. Jules says

    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!

    • The BonBon Rose Girls says

      Don’t I know it! Your red lips and leopard gown is one of my all time fave looks. Updated the post to reflect that!

      • WendyB says

        @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.

  4. Ang says

    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.

  5. firepages says

    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!

  6. Cindy says

    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,

    • The BonBon Rose Girls says

      @Cindy, Hi there, I tried to visit and your blog wouldn’t load for me. : ( It was just a blank page!

  7. Casee Marie says

    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!

  8. Cassie says

    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!

  9. Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! says

    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…

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