Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always had a thing for all things leopard print from clothing to headbands and even having owned a furry leopard print diary at one point. At one point I’m pretty sure I wanted my entire bedroom leopard print, and low key the New Jersey housewife in me still kind of does. And in my teenage years I used to hand dye pieces of my extensions with leopard print patterns, so to answer your question yes the love leopard print has been ever present in my life. It’s no surprise then that all for it being such a hot trend over the last few seasons in fashion although if you as some for their opinion (ahem, me) it’s never really gone out of style.
Unlike most prints leopard print is one of the more versatile ones you can wear giving you either an edgy, sexy or playful look all depending on how you wear it. Leopard print also come it so many variations and colourways so you can truly make it fit with your own personal style. For me personally I prefer sticking with a classic leopard print. As someone who wear mostly all black. I find leopard print is a way that I can add some “colour” to my wardrobe if you will while it still feeling like a a neutral.
Even with leopard print being so popular right now and my personal opinion that yes it is a neutral, many people are intimidated to try wearing it. Some may say that leopard print is too bold while others just find it reminds them of Snooki circa 2009, and as much as I love it I totally get that. But as someone who both loves trends yet prefers to stay on the classic side with my style I love to try and find ways to get people comfortable with trends they usually wouldn’t try. So whether you’re looking to find ways to step out of your comfort zone and go bold or are an avid supporter of the print, here’s 5 ways to rock the leopard print trend.
Leopard Print: 5 Ways To Rock The Trend
Slip skirts are all the rage for summer, and I for sure see them continuing on into the fall season. Double up on your trends by adding a leopard print slip skirt to your closet. What’s great about doing a print piece like a skirt is it allows you to wear the trend in a few different ways, like out to brunch with a band tee and mules or dressed up for cocktails with a blouse and a pair of heels.
Shop: Wilfred Leopard Mid Skirt, $99 (on sale) at Aritzia
Just Dipping Your Toes
The best way to get comfortable with something is to start by, as the saying going, dipping your toes in. If leopard print seems a little too bold for you take this pun literally and try it out with a pair of shoes. Animal print shoes are a great way to add a little bit of fun to an outfit and depending on the style you can control how little, or a lot, of print to wear. Wearing the print on your shoes allows you to integrate the trend into your wardrobe with basic pieces you already own like jeans and a t-shirt or a little black dress.
Shop: Sam Edelman Jordy Loafers, $206
Top It Off
Another way to pair this animal print trend with pieces you already own in your closet is going with a top. Although I love a good leopard print t-shirt, I personally think going with a blouse in the print gives you even more versatility with the piece. Blouses are so easy to dress up for the office, or wore casual with jeans and loafers.
Shop: H&M Long-Sleeved Blouse, $29.99
Going All Out
For those who are not scared to be bold going all out in an animal print dress is for you. I mean, who doesn’t want to channel their inner Posh Spice? I’m really into leopard print slip dresses because of all the different looks you can go for in them. Feeling sexy for date night? Wear it on it’s own with a leather jacket and heels. Weekend brunch outfit? Wear it over a t-shirt with sneakers. And for the fall? Wear your favourite chunky knits over it with booties to get a few more months wear.
A Little Pop Of Wild
If you’re still a little intimidated and not 100% comfortable with leopard print but still want to give it a go, accessories like scarves are a great option. I personally love a good scarf since they can be worn in so many different ways, and allow you to rotate through your basics in your closet without always feeling like you’re wearing the same thing. A few different ways you can wear a scarf is around your neck, tied onto a bag or going for the boho chic look tying scarves around your head with a maxi dress.
Shop: All Saints Leppo Silk Scarf, $188