I’m a leopard person. I think you either are or aren’t. I’ve always loved it. But, I’m a little picky. I don’t love all leopard patterns. Fabrication, color way, and size of repeat are all factors that come in to play. There aren’t any firm rules I apply, I just know when I like it. Traveling this past summer, it became clear that leopard was having a moment. Between the charming boutiques and stylish women on the streets of Stockholm, Amsterdam and Copenhagen, the print seemed to be popping up everywhere. Back home, I’m seeing the variety of options rolling out for fall, and there are lots to choose from.
For those who shy away, accessories are the easiest vehicle to introduce leopard or other spotted felines into your wardrobe. Buy a classic bag or shoe in the pattern, and you’ll see what I mean. I have a pair of Gucci loafers (above/ similar here) and a Dolce & Gabbana bag (similar) from years ago that still are in rotation. I treat them as neutrals and wear them with everything, including other prints.
If there were a season where you felt emboldened to step beyond the accessory route, this is it. Skirts, in every length and silhouette, take to the print well. I especially like them in silk, or other fabrics with movement. A jacket is another option that easily completes even the most basic outfit, say jeans and a tee. Head to toe, a dress works beautifully when paired back to simple accessories, like above.
Personally, I’ve jumped on board this season, and found a long skirt I can’t wait to wear. I’m also eyeing several other pieces that I think have staying power beyond the season. Click through below to see.
Source: photo: Collage Vintage