Well, this is a bit of a Marmite post.
But, love it or hate it, leopard print has been in and out of style through the seasons more than I’ve had hot dinners, and I’m afraid to say that a great many pieces have become permanent fixtures in my wardrobe.
I suppose it’s been one of my vices or ‘closet loves’ for many years now.
Yes, “My name is Steph, and I’m rather partial to leopard print!”
(Or indeed any animal print as a matter of fact, but hey – that’s a whole different post!)
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not constantly dressed up to the nines in head to toe leopard print, a la Pat Butcher, but I just adore it and if I can find a sneaky way to wear it, I do try!
Even if there’s just one solitary leopard spotted item of clothing hidden somewhere on a cluttered store rail (some may say for good reason!), I will hunt it down, or my eye would catch a glimpse of it and it will draw me in!
But, it’s certainly had its fair share of ‘bad press’ in the past I suppose and has been stereotyped along the years as slightly ‘cheap’. But when done well, with lovely fabric and the right ‘type’ of leopard print, I for one, think it can actually look very stylish and instantly add a little touch of glamour to almost any outfit.
The thing is, it doesn’t have to be OTT and garish, so I tend to just accessorise an outfit with the odd leopard print scarf, bag or shoes. This is a super easy way of wearing any trend as you well know, and it’s like ‘baby steps’ if you’re a little less confident to pull something louder off, or indeed if you just want it to be a slightly more understated and subtle. It still looks fabulous.
So you see, you don’t have to go all out with it. It can be as loud and obvious as you choose it to be.
Ok, ok, don’t get me wrong here – I don’t love ALL items in leopard print, because as I eluded to just now, I totally agree… some pieces can look rather nastily done (sorry!) – so it does have to be a more particular style and type of print.
Here are some of the pieces which have caught my eye lately….
1. ASOS Ganni Leopard Print Trousers £44.00
2. H&M Fine-knit jumper £14.99
3. The Perfext Belen Print Calfhair Skirt –£1,227.94 – Ok – so this one is super expensive, but I just loved how the high waisted print skirt looked with the black shirt, other similar skirts are available though like this one at Jaeger for £150
4. H&M Knitted Cardigan £24.99
5. ASOS Paisie Leopard Print Wrap Dress with Belt £75.00
6. Mango Leaopard Faux Fur Coat £89.99
7. Zara Large Animal Print Blouse £25.99
But, sometimes it can be a little bit ‘in your face’, so for those of you a little more unsure, or who only want to nod to the trend, here are a few pieces to help you do so…
1. Leather Bucket Bag £89.99 from Mango
2. Gillian Ghillie Court Shoes at Topshop £72.00
3. Leopard Print Belt £49 from Mint Velvet
4. Leopard Sneakers from Mango £39.99
5. Elia B Leopard Pony Skin Loafer from Baukjen £108.00
6. Hush Cashmere Knitted Shawl £150.00
7. Leopard IKAT 5/5S Phone Case £35.00
8. Mango Leopard Print Bag £49.99
9. Michael Kors Arley ankle boot £240.00
10. Sam Edelman New Nude Dora Shoes £164.95
For more inspiration as to how to wear it – why not check out my pinterest page here..