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4 Great Ways to Wear Leopard Print This Winter

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Leopard 5
From the top left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

It’s no secret that I’m totally wild (ha!) about leopard print. From my bed sheets to ballet flats, my winter coats to the throw pillows on my couch, it’s pretty much impossible to find an area of my life not decorated by leopard print in some way.

There’s just so much to be said for this timeless print. It somehow invokes an air of sophistication and class, while at the same time giving a stuffy outfit a trendy and fun edge. Think about it–is there any other print that you can find at literally every clothing store, from Hot Topic to J.Crew?

Today’s post is a shout out to my secret fashion weapon, leopard print, and all the wonderful ways to wear it this season!

Leopard Tops

Leopard print blouses have been all the rage lately, and I can certainly understand why. They’re just so versatile! Wear one with a pair of corduroys, or tuck it into a chic bandage skirt, for starters. If you’re just getting used to leopard print, black bottoms are an extra-safe way to experiment. However, since leopard is considered a neutral, you will look classy and awesome if you want to rock bright colors as well!

The best thing about leopard blouses is that they’re a pretty safe way to test out how you feel about leopard print. While some people worry that leopard pants, dresses, or jackets might come off looking a little too Jersey Shore, a silky leopard print blouse will certainly maintain its class.

Leopard 1
Shirt, Pants, Clutch, Shoes, Curling Iron

A fancy pussy bow blouse like the one above will look awesome with skinny purple pants and eccentric ankle boots. A bright clutch like this one transitions this daytime look into an amazing outfit for a night out!

Beauty note: I own the exact curling iron pictured above and I cannot express how much I LOVE it. At $10, you can hardly even call it an investment, but I use this thing at least three times a week! My trick to getting perfect waves is to leave the clamp closed and wrap 1-inch sections around the barrel, stopping about two inches from the end of the strand. If your hair is thin and slippery like mine, use a little hairspray before you curl to add texture and hold. Once you’re finished, spray it once more then comb out each strand with your fingertips.

Leopard Coats

There is something insanely fancy and “high society” about wearing a leopard print coat. Yes, it’s definitely a bold choice, but you’ll look so stylish and confident that no one will even question your ability to pull it off.

Leopard coats go with almost everything — just watch out for outfits that are a little too low-key: Obviously, a leopard coat isn’t something to throw on over your yoga pants and Vans while grocery shopping. However, it will look great with skinny jeans and ballet flats. See the difference?

Leopard coats will also look amazing with almost any outfit you wear to a party or on a date. They’ll even work with printed dresses or sweaters!

Leopard 2
Coat, Dress, Tights, Shoes, Lipstick, Highlighting Blush

Because the leopard coat pictured is thick and not cropped, it’s perfect for pairing with a body-con dress and worn unbuttoned. Add a pair of tights and chic ankle boots and you’ll look gorgeous in very sexy, classic bombshell sort of way.

Finish the look with bright red lips and a little bit of highlighting powder on your cheekbones. If you’ve never tried highlighting powder before, I highly recommend it — just a touch can make you look awake and cheerful!

Leopard Pants

Ah, leopard pants — while some girls run away from these babies in terror, I embrace them as one of the most chic items in my closet. Once your mind grasps them, the possibilities are virtually endless as to what you can pair them with. From jumpers to concert tees, button-downs to that long-sleeve Ralph Lauren Polo shirt you snagged from your boyfriend, almost every top can look awesome with the right pair of leopard print pants.

When shopping for a pair, it’s important to seek out styles that are neutral enough to wear with everything. I’ve found that leopard prints that are medium-sized and less contrasting — think dark brown or gray backgrounds vs. light tan or sandy backgrounds and black — are the easiest to pull off.

Leopard 3
Pants, Shoes, Sweater, Beanie, Necklace

The outfit above would work for an evening with your family, out with your friends, or even for a casual date! This sweater will look perfect with a pair of leopard pants — it’s a solid color so it won’t overwhelm your look, but the studs are in keeping with the edgy vibe of the pants. Finish the look with a pair of lookalike Litas, a knit beanie, and a cool necklace.

Leopard Accessories

If large blocks of leopard print still aren’t your thing, don’t shy away from the greatest print ever. They make leopard print versions of almost anything you can imagine…even laptop cases and Kitchenaid Mixers!

I know that this is pretty obvious, but it’s probably not a great idea to wear leopard accessories with other leopard print items. You might accidentally come off looking tacky. That’s really the only rule I can think of when it comes to leopard print accessories, though. The sky’s the limit — feel confident enough to mix and match leopard with any color, and even some other tame prints!

Leopard 4
From the top left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

What do you think?

Are you a big fan of leopard print? What sorts of tactics do you use to look more chic and less “Jersey Shore” fabulous? Is there another print that particularly speaks to you? What’s your favorite leopard print item that you own? Are you bold enough to pair leopard print with other patterns? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

Posted on on December 20, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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29 Responses to “4 Great Ways to Wear Leopard Print This Winter”

  1. 1
    December 20th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I LOVE the second outfit! I’ve always been a little unsure about wearing leopard print, but that coat makes it look amazing.

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    December 20th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I don’t know why leopard print has never appealed to me. It seems a bit cougar-ish (and I don’t mean the cat). However, I really like the second outfit. I would definitely go with a different pattern for the coat if I bought it, but that really is a cute outfit.

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    December 20th, 2012 at 11:57 am

    love the coat and accessoires

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    December 20th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I always thought of leopard print in the tacky, Jersey-shore direction…but the second and third outfits on this post are hot and just my style! I feel like I’m now going to be obsessed with finding the perfect leopard-print coat!

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    December 20th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I love leopard print ???? I wear the print in scarves, shoes, shirts, leggings, hats ( not all at once of course) and even a pair of my favorite hoops are leopard print. I have always loved prints and colors so I’m happy to see that it constantly remains a part of fashion and I will continue to rock my leopard because its awesome. I think I’m going to buy that coat that was featured in this article too

  6. 6
    December 20th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    A post after my own heart… I love outfit #2.

  7. 7
    December 20th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I really like this leopard print vest from F21. For some reason a vest feels like less of a commitment than a coat. Plus it doesn’t get that cold in LA so I can wear it longer!

    http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?Br=F21&Category=Outerwear&ProductID=2019572880&VariantID=

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    December 20th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I like the outfits you put together, but I disagree about that stigma saying you shouldn’t wear multiple leopard print items if you want to maintain “class.” What about wearing different shades of leopard print in one outfit? Leopard print can be either classy and trashy, and that’s what’s so great about it, but people shouldn’t stigmatize one over the other.

  9. 9
    December 20th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I like leopard, but I’ve been trying to avoid it as a style “crutch” to look instantly “chic” or “edgy.” I would wear outfit number two, but I think it might be even better with any faux-fur coat, the leopard print is a little bit flashy. But I still like it! I think the problem with leopard is that you can’t just throw it on–you need a Kate Moss, Courtney Love attitude to really make it suit you.

  10. 10
    December 20th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I just stumbled upon this website & I’m already in love!
    I love the leopard pants outfit! I’m definitely thinking of purchasing something like that! c: thanks for the links!

  11. 11
    December 20th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I love the leopard accessories! I really want a leopard scarf or headband.

  12. 12
    December 20th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    i enjoy pairing leopard details with different combinations! i am completely crazy about the first look

  13. 13
    December 20th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t know where the “sophisticated and classy” part comes in. I always felt like J.Crew and the like did leopard ironically or with a lot of restraint–a cardigan, scarf or belt, for example, not pants. Leopard always seemed like a really tacky print that required working around if you wanted to pull it off. I loved it when I was a tweenybopper, but that’s pretty telling. I

  14. 14
    December 20th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    OMG i’m obsessed with leopard print! I love the leopard pants with the sweater!

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    December 20th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I absolutely LOVE leopard print. I have a leopard print cardigan and it is one of my FAVORITE items in my closet. And the best part about it is that I found it at the thrift store in new condition! :)

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    December 20th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Shmee: I think the “sophisticated and classy” part is because it’s been around for a long time and was worn by sophisticated and classy women (especially during the 60’s). Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, Anne Bancroft all wore leopard print (see here http://www.merelymothers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Slide21.jpg) and make it look very sophisticated! Yes, if your hair and makeup look like Snooki and you’re wearing a leopard print mini dress, you aren’t going to look classy. But when done properly, it can look great.

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    December 20th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    One of my fave leopard accessories are leopard hats – mainly leopard beret hats! :)

    http://georgie-henley.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=90&pos=65

    I have a grey leopard beret hat just like Georgie Henleys shown in the above link!! ^ ^

  18. 18
    December 21st, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Love leopard print – it is my favorite. Goes with anything and looks especially cool when worn with blue jeans. My favorite is my leopard print bag.

  19. 19
    December 22nd, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Love leopard print! I had a pair of flats with the print on it once and wore them into the ground. I hope I can find another like them, they made me feel so stylish!

  20. 20
    December 22nd, 2012 at 4:55 am

    This is an awesome post because I love love love leopard print… However I have had to restrict my purchasings because since, like you said, it is everywhere right now, it can come out looking cheap and pretty unoriginal :/

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    December 22nd, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I am so thankful for this post. I just bought this cute red pencil skirt and had no idea what to wear it with, but leopard print would totally work! I love the black cross top at the beginning of the post, along with looks one, three, and the accessories. Seriously, it’s all good. The one thing here I would not rock would be the coat. Fur, even faux, is just long gone. But a coat with an animal print (like a syn-leather leopard bomber?) is a great take from this post well.

  22. 22
    December 24th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    From where did you buy that curling iron? At $10, its a really good deal!
    Great article by the way! I really love the leopard print blouse! :)

  23. 23
    December 28th, 2012 at 11:20 am

    You should do a “million ways to wear classic black converse shoes fashionably” i cant wear them without feeling tacky! :/

  24. 24
    January 1st, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    adorable i would wear all of that

  25. 25
    February 27th, 2013 at 6:16 am

    The first outfit is awesome……it really pushes the boundaries but looks amazing

  26. 26
    October 6th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    So no leopard top/black pants tucked in leopard boots?????

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