I’ve always had love for a bit of leopard print. I know I only wrote a post about it a few months back, but we are moving headlong into a new season and there’s more animal print out there than ever before. Or at least it seems like that right now. The shops are awash with it. It’s easy to get swayed and buy everything in sight and then not know what to do with it, or is that just me?
With leopard or animal print, I think my rule would be ‘less is more’. I know it’s now supposed to be a neutral, but I would think of it more like an accent. Adding a touch of leopard to any outfit is going to lift it from dull to interesting. Leopard is also the perfect transition print. It can take you from high summer into Autumn/Winter so easily. It’s the mix of browns and blacks that do it for me. Looks great with a tan – that I can never get these days despite a summer than feels like it’s latest a year, but that’s another story, fake tan has definitely been my friend over the past 3 months! – it also looks great with heavy knits, boots and tights. I reckon all these outfits will work for now and for Autumn, so let’s have a look…
This Topshop Shirt is a perfect easy shape for pairing with jeans or skirts. I got this ASOS black denim mini last week. Tip – buy it in ‘Tall’ if, like me, you want a slightly longer length. Smarten it up with a black blazer and some ballet flats. This pair from H&M are a perfect ‘homage’ to the Chloe ones I have contemplated for years. Ok, they probably won’t last for years as they are not leather, but for £8.99 you can’t really complain!
My love for Ganni is showing no signs of waning. I popped into Liberty this week, you know, just to look, but came out with a sweatshirt and a skirt. Kind of glad they didn’t have this leopard one in stock too as I’m sure I would have crumbled at the sight of that too. I would pair the skirt with either a grey marl sweat or a Breton top. Both classics.
1. H&M boat neck Breton Stripe Top
2. & Other Stories Gold Ring Leather Handbag
3. Ganni Silk Leopard Print Calla Skirt
4. The Outnet Embroidered Zoe Karssen Sweatshirt
5. Next Gold Star White Trainers
If you’re a bit afraid of this trend, or don’t think you can pull off an entire outfit, then how about a pair of shoes? There’s something for everyone, trainers, flats, heels, sandals, you name it, you can get it in this print for next season. Look at Boden really being fashion forward too! Those pointed flats look way more designer than home counties!
1. Air and Grace Leopard Print Hi-Tops
2. Dune Pony Hair Leopard Courts
3. Boden Evie Pointed Flats
4. Golden Goose Glitter Leopard Trainers
5. Kurt Geiger Francine Leopard Sandals
6. Boden Leopard Hotch Potch Trainers
If you ask me, everyone should have a leopard print dress in their wardrobe. I have 3. All slightly different you understand. Wear now with trainers or black sandals. Wear later with your Dicker or Chelsea boots. The Isabel Marant Dicker boots are an every season piece so you know they are a classic. I got mine 5 years ago and they get an airing every year. Expensive, yes. Cost per wear though – good value.
Ok, so not leopard, but Zebra is a big print trend for next season, so if you want slightly different but still keeping to the theme why not try this one? Have you seen the TopShop Zebra dress? I could never in a million years wear it without something underneath, but I’m thinking with a long sleeved black top underneath it could be a winner. Also, loving this Lily and Lionel Green Zebra Shirt From The Dressing Room. Breaking my own rule here and going for 2 animal prints in one outfit, but keeping the rest of the look black balances it all out I reckon!
How do you feel about this trend? are you a fan, or are you anti-animal print?
In other news, I’m currently on holiday in Vancouver so I may not be able to do the regular Sunday post next week, but if the mood takes me I will try to write something.