While especially on-trend this fall, leopard hasn’t always dominated the urban jungle!
When movie star inspired, mass-produced fashions came into vogue in the mid-1920s, leopard print rose as a symbol of status and high fashion. In the late-60’s the pattern took a nose dive and was considered somewhat cheap and tacky until making a comeback via a few female rockers (notably Grace Jones & Debbie Harry) in the late 70’s and early 80’s. As a self-professed long-time lover of leopard, I’ll argue that this print is a timeless classic.
Check out five of my favorite ways to wear leopard below!
Via Spiga Leopard Print Coat – $198
Via Spiga has created some version of this jacket every year for as long as I can remember. This year’s model features a flattering A-line shape and slightly subdued leopard print. Great, wearable, statement-making topper!
Chico’s Hadley Accessories – $25-80
While only a few pieces are shown here, small leopard accessories are great for adding a fun pop to neutral basics. Belts, scarves and watches are other easy ways to incorporate the print.
Signet Bag in Leopard – $298
Cross-body bags are so useful for fall – they keep those hands free for picking apples and for photos in the pumpkin patch! Picture this cute (but roomy enough for essentials) leopard version with jeans, a white tee, black cardi and boots. Suddenly weekend basics aren’t so boring anymore!
Leopard Scuba Pencil Skirt – $89
Leopard in the workplace? Unless you work in an ultra-conservative field, you can get away with leopard by keeping the look office-appropriate. Pair a printed pencil skirt with solid black or tan blouse or sweater and heels or black tights with boots. For a date night look with the same skirt, don a silky black cami, strappy heeled sandals and black bomber or denim jacket.
Leopard Inset Tuxedo Flats – $40
Last but by no means least, leopard flats are a must-have! And at $40 – this pair is a deal! For work/business casual you could pair these with a black dress or crops and a blouse. Or try them casually with a denim shirtdress and black scarf. Lots of options for adding a bit of GRRRR into your life!
NOTE: For more on the history of leopard prints, check out this article on Mental Floss.
This week’s blog is posted in memory of Lakewood, Ohio’s Jen Verrillo of TheBroadsSide.com. I’ve been cracking up all weekend reading your hysterical posts and am heartbroken for your daughter that you left this earth so soon. When she’s older I’m sure she’ll get comfort (and a huge laugh) from reading your posts! Rest easy funny girl. Am glad you are wearing leopard in this picture.