“Leopard print is a neutral”. These words by Jenna Lyons 100% represent my thought. I love leopard and I consider it elegant and cool, timeless and chic. Leopard print has always been a favorite of women with a great sense of style like Diana Vreeland, Christian Dior’s muse Mitzah Bricard, Carine Roitfeld, Jenna Lyons herself. Just to mention a few ones.
Stylish by day and glamorous by night, leopard print hardly goes unnoticed. A touch of leopard can add an interesting detail to basic outfits. Leopard works great with total black (and blue) and with colorful outfits, too. So, if you’re uncertain about the color of shoes and bag, go for a neutral but bold leopard accessory.
Leopard print, like many statement fabrics/patterns/texture, is divisive. Some women totally dislike it and find it tacky and some totally love it. Men seem to deeply dislike it. I heard a man saying that a woman dressed in leopard print make every man think of porn actresses (which are probably men’s favorite actresses). Oh… men are so simple, sometimes. They still associate leopard with easy virtue but we all know men totally don’t understand some fashion garments/accessories women totally love. Also, as if they always dress impeccably!
If you are not sure about leopard print because you consider leopard “kind of cool on Alexa Chung, maybe, but not on me” remember that style is in the details so you can start wearing leopard choosing an accessory but gosh, a faux fur leopard coat is the best garment to elevate a casual outfit and a pair of leopard shoes will easily make your look much more stylish. If you search on Pinterest Alexa Chung or Kate Moss Leopard you will have the proof I’m right, ça va sans dire (which means obviously in French).
But if you’re afraid men could be right about leopard (then, let me tell you, you might have a problem), try these two simple outfit:
- A leopard skirt + a classic sweater (turtleneck/v neck/crew neck) in a neutral color + pumps/sandals/boots.
- A leopard sweater + jeans + classic shoes like loafers or brogues or even boots.
I like this look because I consider it rock and cool. I would 100% dress this way.
And this outfit proves that leopard can be chic and bon ton.
And this is Olivia Palermo wearing the Max&Co pieces I chose during the recent Milan Fashion Week.