How to Wear Leopard

If you follow this blog, you’ll know I love animal prints and wear them a lot. Sometimes animal prints can be daunting. So when Pretty Grievances challenged me to share how I style leopard for Jungle January, I jumped on it. Here are a few tips on how to wear leopard–both subtly and boldly.

Shoes are a great way to try animal print. They won’t overpower your outfit and you can choose from a lot of styles.

Ballet flats or loafers are perfect with jeans–skinny, boyfriend, brights–they’re casual and comfortable.

ballet flats

Cardi: Thrifted
Tank: Target
Jeans: Just USA
Bracelets: Claire’s
Shoes: Payless

To take it up a notch, try a heel. They add va-va-voom to a simple look.

high heels

Top: Thrifted
Jeans: Earnest Sewn
Shoes: Two Lips
Purse: Crystalyn Kae

If shoes are too much of a commitment, a belt, scarf, or purse is a great way to dip your toes in the animal print pool. I’ve been known to do that, as you can see in the links to my other posts.

Feeling brave? Try a top. Leopard doesn’t have to be in real-life, typical leopard colors. Here, I went for a business look in gray and black. The cami underneath keeps things appropriate for the office.

business look

Shirt: Goodwill
Pants: Express via swapped
Shoes: Payless
Watch: Kenneth Cole
Tote: Victoria’s Secret

Then, I changed the look completely with the same top. But instead of slacks, I wore red skinnies and chunky heels. I’m ready for girls’ night out! On a hot date, I might skip the cami.

red pants

Shoes: Cole Haan via thrifted
Watch: Emily the Strange

Go from tabby to tiger by donning a dress. There’s nothing subtle about that, but there are different looks you can create. Here’s a dress that steals the spotlight–especially with hot pink pumps.


Dress: Ross Dress for Less
Blazer: Thrifted
Shoes: BCBG via consignment

But add tights, a scarf, and boots, and the dress goes from date night to shopping with friends. I love adding a denim jacket to a dress. It makes even dressy looks versatile and approachable.

dress and boots

Jacket: Guess via swapped
Scarf: Gifted
Tights: Marshalls
Boots: Khrio

How do you wear leopard? Are there any looks you haven’t tried and want to?


Filed under Dress Up Dress Down, Fashion

14 responses to “How to Wear Leopard

  1. Reblogged this on Pretty Grievances and commented:
    Jungle Stylin’ from tabby to untamed! Thanks, Jean!

  2. I love that denim jacket over the animal print dress. That is such a great combination. Love it with that colored scarf. All these outfits are very pretty.

  3. Jean, these are all great looks and i need all the style help I can get too. Cheers.

  4. sewlisa

    You have a great sense of style.These looks are awesome. I’m borrowing all of them!

  5. Sort of swooning over this post, Jean! You KNOW how I love animal prints. I am loving that gray spotted wrap top -thrifted too!!! So fab! ~Sarah

  6. Emy Will

    Mother Nature has come up with the most extraordinary designs on her nonhuman animals. Let’s leave these furs where they belong and stick to animal print items of clothing 🙂
    Oh, did you see my post about the Shembe tribe in Africa now going for leopard print instead of leopard skins. In this case, the leopard has changed its spots.

    • I agree. Such beautiful prints and patterns can be found on animals of all types. It only looks good on them though! I like paying homage to their beauty with fabric in animal prints, but would NEVER wear fur (I’ve cut out leather too). Thanks for stopping by. I’m thrilled to hear about the Shembe tribe going for leopard print instead of skins. Fantastic! I’m heading over to your blog now to read the details.

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