I’m not generally a pattern kind of fashion-wearing-chick.
I make exceptions for stripes, spots … and leopard print. All classic patterns and ones I can buy safe in the knowledge that they’ll be faithful to me for many a fashion season to come.
Today I’m talking about how to wear leopard print because there is a lot of it around this particular winter.
It might be a classic trend that you’ve wanted to try but haven’t known where to start.
It might be a trend that you consider your signature style and are looking for some new ways in which to embrace your inner fashion feline.
You might just be after some leopard print shopping suggestions.
If so, you’ve come to the right place.
Sussan dress $129.95
1. Consider leopard print as a neutral. This is a good thing to take on board if you’re trying to get your head around how you’d actually wear this print. Whether you’re opting for leopard in a pant, skirt or top, know you’re doing so with so many possible wardrobe mate options. See below.
2. Pop an outfit with a leopard print accessory. This is a good place to start if the concept of leopard print is a little daunting. Think a scarf, shoes or bag … any of these accessories will get noticed in a good way.
3. Avoid the leopard print overwhelm. Or not. It’s up to you. I believe leopard print has most impact when it forms a focal point of your outfit – not the entire outfit. If you think it’s too much near your face, stick to accessories and pants or skirts.
4. Work leopard print back with with other neutrals. One of the easiest ways to wear leopard print clothing pieces is by teaming them with black, white or stone colours. This is such a crisp, timeless look. Works every time. Denim and chambray are also considered neutrals and they also make good leopard print partners.
5. Work leopard print back with a pop of colour. Leopard print is also
roaring screaming out for a block colour wardrobe mate. My picks are fuchsia, emerald green, orange and red.
6. Work leopard print back with stripes. This is about the extent to which I pattern clash. And considering that I approach both stripes and leopard print as neutrals then I’m not really clashing, am I? I love the look of a leopard print scarf or bag with black or navy and white stripes and jeans. Add in a pop of red in a pair of shoes and hear me roar.
Ok enough of the roaring puns and Katy Perry lyrics, for more style inspiration, check out my animal print board on Pinterest. Or come shopping …
1. Sussan skirt $79.95 | 2. Peter Morrissey for Big W jacket $40 | 3. Blue Illusion bag $159.95 | 4. Motto leggings $69.95 | 5. Country Road shoes $149 | 6. Seed scarf $49.95 | 7. Rockport wedges $189.95 @ Styletread | 8. Trenery belt $79.95 | | 9. Blue Bungalow pants $49
Ok, over to you … do you embrace your inner fashion feline? With a purr or a loud roar?
PS. My blogging mate Sonia (Sonia Styling) has a “thing” for leopard print. Particularly when worn with pink. It’s become her signature and she does it very well. Follow her #everydaystyle on Instagram.