Gone are the days when leopard was considered the exclusive right of rockstars and brassy barmaids. This most forgiving and versatile of prints is now seen up and down the high street and has become a staple favourite.
Think of it as a neutral rather than a statement piece. It doesn’t have to be worn head to toe. There are a myriad, subtle ways to introduce leopard into your wardrobe. And once installed, it’s likely to remain because of how well it works with other clothes.
Leopard brings just the right mix of fun and sass. It says, I am a confident, stylish dresser and that’s something we all aspire to being.
Photo of Kate Moss for Scandinavia Vogue
Take baby steps if you’ve never worn animal print before and invest in a bag, a scarf or a belt. There is a huge range to choose from this season.
Leopard print works well with colour. The rich brick tones of this jumper make a perfect foil for a printed skirt. Accessorise with black or chocolate brown to keep the look tonal and chic.
The classic leopard print coat. Frankly, every girl should have one.
This large, bold print cardigan, while casual, brings an elegant slant to a plain white T-shirt and skinny black jeans.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and play around with pieces. We don’t do enough of it. The unexpected pairing of textures and prints can be really successful.
A good example of how to layer a leopard print dress. If you wore it in the summer, get some extra mileage out of it by layering it over the cooler months with a polo neck, a fitted jacket and some suede boots.
Jeans work as another neutral. The pale denim absorbs the strength of this small but busy print. An easy and effortless option. If the shoes and top feel like a leopard step too far, just omit one of them for something plain.
The bold statement of these flared trousers works well with a structured blazer. You can always dress it down by swapping the cropped top for a T-shirt and the heals for a brogue.
The slip dress continues its high street reign. I like the combination of the uncompromisingly masculine boots with the fluid softness of the silk dress.
This mix of edgy grey tones with a more subdued animal print, makes this an unexpected but interesting combination. The rich dimension of the jacket lifts an otherwise sober ensemble.
Leopard has a way of elevating any look and this is an easy one to pull off. It works perfectly as a neutral against the soft, buttery peach tones of this outfit.
Sometimes a girl just wants to go all out leopard. This feels chic and elegant but with a playful addition of the checkerboard court shoes.
Most of us own a denim jacket. Throw it on over a white shirt to team up with a printed skirt. Wear flat sandals or Converse trainers and you’re good to go.
Are you a leopard print convert?Do you have a favourite piece in your wardrobe? As always, girls, I look forward to reading your comments.