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.
Jeans: Just USA
To take it up a notch, try a heel. They add va-va-voom to a simple look.
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.
Pants: Express via swapped
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.
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
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.
Jacket: Guess via swapped
How do you wear leopard? Are there any looks you haven’t tried and want to?
14 responses to “How to Wear Leopard”
Reblogged this on Pretty Grievances and commented:
Jungle Stylin’ from tabby to untamed! Thanks, Jean!
Thanks for reblogging this!
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.
I think that’s my favorite look. In fact, after the photo shoot, I kept that outfit on and wore it out with friends!
Thanks! I hope I gave you a few ideas.
Jean, these are all great looks and i need all the style help I can get too. Cheers.
Thanks! I’m glad you like the ideas. Thanks for visiting!
You have a great sense of style.These looks are awesome. I’m borrowing all of them!
Thank so much! And thanks for visiting — I’m glad I could provide a few usable ideas!
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
Thanks Sarah! I thought of you when I wrote the post. You love animal prints as much as I do and really know how to rock them!
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.