Love it or hate it, leopard print is one of those trends that isn’t going anywhere. Ever. Whether it gets a colourful make-over (see Amy Bell showing us how it’s done HERE) for summer or returns to old faithful for fall, it’s back again for another season. Seen on the catwalks and on the backs of Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo, it can’t be ignored any longer and you may as well embrace it in all its glory.
Gingham may have been the print of the summer (see how I wore it HERE) but leopard print is front and centre for fall, but it doesn’t come without rules. Having earned its Marmite status due to its connotations with Eastenders barmaids and bad taste fancy dress, a lot of people are wary of including it in their wardrobe. But, it doesn’t have to be a sartorial minefield that everyone assumes it is. As Elinor Block says in her article for Who What Wear, “Treat it like any black item in your wardrobe. Yes, this might seem counterintuitive, considering that it’s a print, but adding a little leopard to any outfit, like black, upgrades and harmonises a look.” Whether you wear it as a statement piece or as a discreet accessory, leopard
Not convinced? Read on dear fashionista’s…
1. IT CLASHES WELL
When it comes to leopard print, it doesn’t have to be the lead role in your outfit. Clashing it with stripes, and checks is the new way to wear it in a modern, fun way. I’ve always assumed teamed my leopard print with neutral colours to avoid the dreaded clash but with a new pair of check trousers on the way, these leopard print boots would look understated with an purposeful edge.
2. IT DRESSES UP ANYTHING
From a leopard print blouse to an over-sized clutch, there’s no doubt that it adds a hint of drama to any outfit. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve had about a pair of leopard print court shoes that I’ve had forever. Worn with skinny jeans and a camel jumper, it brings an otherwise casual outfit together with minimal effort.
3. IT WILL BE THE MOST WORN THING IN YOUR WARDROBE
My earliest memory of leopard print was Debbie Harry on Top Of The Pops and here we are 20-something years later and it’s still on the catwalks. What does that tell you? Yep, it’s here to stay so once you make your first leopard print purchase you won’t regret it!