I live my life in prints. Predominantly, of the animal variety. With leopard being my front runner, closely followed by snake (faux of course). The thing with animal print is that it is actually a neutral. I know, groundbreaking stuff right?
I would wear a leopard shoe in place of black or nude any day. The key to this is ensuring you avoid the faux pas of animal print overload- think Cruella Deville in standard attire, clearly too much. Another common mistake, pairing with khaki or beige- a little too “Bet Lynch on safari” for my liking.
Leopard print has maximum impact when you pair it with the unexpected, with nautical stripes or a camo-jacket, the juxtaposition can be really fun and interesting.
Below, my animal essentials: B&W Skaters and traditional skater shoes both by Kurt Geiger, DVF Purple leopard Zoe Dress, Faux Snake pumps by Nine West, Faux Snake clutch by Michael Kors, Leopard pumps by Nine West, cross body bag by Tory Burch, Leopard Tote by DVF, Sunglasses by Missoni.
If you are a novice to the concept of leopard to a neutral try following these golden rules:
- A maximum of 1 clothing item can be leopard in an outfit- no other item should be leopard.
- Alternatively you can have up to 2 accent items i.e sneakers and a pendent.
- If wearing several pieces, the print should be of consistent colour and size.
Such a versatile print, leopard can liven up a simple ensemble. Game for some Leopard Love? Here’s a link to some of my favourite pieces available online or on the high street now:
Bucket Hat- ASOS (this is in the Men’s section…though totally unisex):
Printed Trousers- Mango: (a steal in the sale at £9.99, also a great spin on traditional leopard colours)