How to wear leopard print
By Brittany Anas
Fall 2012: The fashion season when leopard prints became neutrals. The great thing about leopard is that it pairs well with cool and warm hues, making it a versatile player in your closet. Animal prints are a fun way to dress up your wardrobe basics and tease your dog into thinking there’s a cat in the house.
Here are some tips for how to wear leopard as the timeless pattern carries over into the winter.
Use sparingly, or else you might get called to audition for one of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” shows.
A touch of leopard incorporated into your outfit is enough to make a bold statement. If you’re warming up to animal prints, try some subtle accents – like cinching a dress with a leopard-print skinny belt or carrying a leopard clutch. Draping a printed scarf over a black T-shirt or leather jacket can give your outfit a chic update.
Banana Republic offers quality leopard-print accents, like this haircalf leather skinny belt or this Leona scarf that has a bit of cashmere to give it a soft feel around your neck and this $35 coin purse with gold hardware.
Mix with holiday colors
Leopard pairs beautifully with reds or greens, and is a good way to give your holiday outfits a twist. Try a leopard cardigan over a green dress or a cranberry-colored blouse. A cardigan or skirt in the print is a good investment that can be worn in the spring, too. The tan in leopard unexpectedly looks good with bright yellows.
Thank you Bohemian fashionistas of the 1960s for bringing this pattern into style.
Wear it on your paws
Leopard wedges or heels can give an unexpected pop to a classic outfit, dressing up a jeans-and-T-shirt-ensemble or adding edge to a a simple black dress with tights. Here’s a wild card: Try leopard-print shoes with a classic outfit, like cuffed jeans and a red blazer over an oxford blouse.
Looking for pumps? Banana Republic has a pair with a padding system that features memory foam and a cushioned insole to give them comfort. A touch of leopard on these heels from ASOS is fun and unexpected. J.Crew has a polished wedge that will transition from the office to happy hour and are on sale for $149.99. Target has an adorable Mary Jane pump for $24.99 that has an easy-to-wear cone heel.
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