Trends come and go (and come and go), but there are some things that never go out of style. Even my beloved Caboodle makeup case from the 90s has made a comeback!
But the one trend that has become a staple in my wardrobe over the years has been leopard print. I thought 2018 was my big leopard phase but it’s still going strong. This summer alone I’ve worn leopard print in every way possible! It doesn’t help when Poppy & Dot has been carrying so many cute styles!
I’m a firm believer that there isn’t just one way to wear animal prints. You can keep it small and subtle for day-to-day wear, or even wear leopard prints head to toe – you do you! It’s a print that allows you to play around and have fun with your choices!
So how do I wear animal prints and not go too jungle crazy? I keep it simple! Here are some ways you can feel comfortable and cool in all manner of leopard print clothing!
Tip #1: Pair a leopard-print blouse or sweater with denim
This is one of my favorite ways to wear leopard. I love a loosely tucked blouse or comfy leopard sweater with a pair of jeans. You can do it with cut-offs or switch to full-length jeans when it gets cold out. I love blouses like this peplum top. These are great because they fit where you want them too and flow where you need them to.
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Tip #2: Take A Walk On The Wild Side with Leopard Shoes
Leopard high heels or sneakers are awesome day or night, but, depending on where you work or what activities you partake in, choosing the right one makes a HUGE difference. But by choosing a leopard print, you’re instantly elevating a super casual outfit and wearing a shoe that is mom-approved or ready for a night out. They’re great for dressing up basics like black pants and white collared shirts, and they make it easy to take your look from chasing kids to a business meeting without actually having to change.
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Tip #3: Break up a flowy leopard dress or skirt with neutral accessories
Most people, when they hear the phrase “leopard-print dress,” picture something skin-tight and, for lack of a better word, slutty. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Instead of a body-con leopard-print dress that you might have tried to sneak into a club wearing at the age of 18, try something loose and flowy. Layer with a basic tee or a belt to break up all that print and keep the look grounded with simple accessories and flats.
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TIP #4: Keep it casual with a slouchy leopard-print T-shirt
As far as prints go, leopard is pretty sexy, so it’s a great way to add a little edge to an otherwise gender-neutral and somewhat sexless silhouette like a loose T-shirt, basic button-down, or straight-leg pant. This one from Poppy & Dot is a PERFECT example! Add an extra dose of femininity by pairing your leopard tees with something skin-baring like shorts, a skirt, or a jumper.
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In addition to these 4 tips, I love a good faux fur leopard jacket in winter, workout wear in this yummy animal print, and any purse or wallet for just a pop of animal. No matter how you rock your leopard, there’s no wrong way!
P.S. Show me how you walk on the wild side! I’d love to see your leopard inspired outfits!