Now, I know that maybe not everyone is going to be onboard with this one, but I do think you need a little bit of leopard print in your life. I’m not advocating more than one piece at a time. Although personally, I could, if the mood were to take me, dress head to foot in it. Cardi, Dress, Coat, Bag and Shoes. Hell, I even have a pair of leopard print trousers in my ‘holiday drawer’ under the bed. You all have a ‘holiday drawer’ right? That place where you put clothes that you wouldn’t wear in your normal life, but would gladly bust out when in Benidorm or the Bahamas. Or is that just me? Anyway, wearing head to foot leopard would be foolish, although I would kind of like to do it one day just for the LOLS. Can someone have some kind ‘Animal Print’ fancy dress party so I can try it please?
My love of Leopard has been renewed over past week, mainly due to the purchase of this great dress from ASOS. I love it as it’s fairly shapeless, yet has interesting sleeves and a groovy hem to stop it being too sack-like. I do love a sack-type dress though, one you can throw on and not have to worry about any squeezing of bulges or doing-up of zips. I shall wear now with tights and a coat, and later with a bare leg and a sandal.
Let’s stick with 5 ways you can incorporate Leopard into your life without going to OTT with the whole thing. We will take a look at Dresses, Bags, Shoes, Skirts and Tops. They say it’s neutral now anyway, Look at Jenna Lyons, she really knows how to do the animal print in the best way. So does Kate Moss. It’s a little bit Rock and Roll without going hell for leather. Not sure I’d suggest Leather and Leopard together too much, you don’t want to come off too Coronation-Street-barmaid-of-a-certain-age. Liz MacDonald, I’m looking at you. So, let’s have a look at what’s out there for you…
LEOPARD PRINT DRESS
This one isn’t for the faint hearted, I grant you. It takes a small semblance of confidence to go all over print in any pattern, let alone leopard. But, I think as long as the dress isn’t too clingy and tarty and you wear the right shoes then it can totally work at any age. Personally, I’d be inclined to dress this one down with trainers or a chunky boot, but if you can rock a heel, then go for it!
LEOPARD PRINT BAG
Super easy one this, goes with pretty much everything apart from maybe colourful prints. Too much clashing can make you look like a crazy person sometimes, so let’s go casual in a green jumper and boyfriend jeans. Add a statement belt and add a slogan T-shirt for good measure.
LEOPARD PRINT TOP
Nothing too low cut or skimpy here might be the key. I’m thinking more of a nice silk shirt, or possibly a cardi. This short sleeved number from Lily and Lionel looks great. Pair with jeans or your trusty wide legged cropped trousers. Still got the love for these 3 strap sandals from Dame Viv. I have them in black and tan, bought 4 years ago, a classic that will never go out of style.
1. Lily & Lionel Ashley Leopard Print Shirt
2. Top Shop Single Breasted Suit Jacket
3. Whistles Ponte Wide Leg Trousers
4. & Other Stories Trio Pocket Leather Bag
5. Vivienne Westwood 3 Strap Roman Sandals
LEOPARD PRINT SKIRT
Of the midi, not mini, variety for me. Ideally to be worn with a simple t-shirt or sweater. I like to think you can go for your Breton top with this. As with the dress, this skirt can be worn dressed down during the day with white trainers, or up for evenings out with a bit of a heel. I’d also add the trusty shacket to this one.
LEOPARD PRINT SHOES
If you literally just want to dip you toe into leopard print, then go for footwear. Obviously I’m loving the Golden Goose hi-tops, they are very much ‘me’, but I’m also strangely drawn to these cute Boden Mary Janes. Let’s try them with double denim. I still like double denim, don’t care what anyone says! Love this cute bow front shirt from Joanie clothing – great price too. Check out Whistles this week – they’ve got 20% off everything. I love me a Whistles 20% off week!
Are you mad about leopard? Hate it? or distinctly on the fence? If you are swayed by this post, how would you add it to your wardrobe?