The fall 2019 runways were jam-packed with animal prints. That’s nothing new, of course—the ubiquitous pattern consistently emerges as a must-have almost every year.
This season, we’re loving the revival of the always-welcome leopard print. It’s here just in time to add some essential ferocity to our cold-weather wardrobes. Here are a few of our fav leopard-print pieces to add to the mix.
Leopard Print: What to Wear Now
1. Go for the unexpected
There’s no dearth of options, as you’ll quickly find when you go searching for a leopard piece or two. Looks that truly stand out aren’t just quirky merely for the sake of being different, but because they actually look phenomenal.
Such is the case with this Moon River Belted Button Up Cardigan, which takes inspiration from the traditional sweater style and catapults it in a fresh direction. The rich cobalt brings a new vibe to the normally earthy print. A removable belt at the waist lends it a polished look that instantly dresses up your jeans and trousers with ease.
2. Embrace a sweet spot
Sure, animal prints are naturally fierce. But there’s no law that states you can’t take it in a softer, more sultry direction.
Take this beautiful Leith Satin Midi Wrap Dress as an example. The soft pink hue provides the perfect canvas for the bold leopard pattern to stand out. Complete with a self-tie belt, this pretty piece makes a fun addition to your wardrobe. Reach for it when you want to need something appropriate for cooler weather but less dramatic than the season’s richer offerings.
Every style-minded lady loves having a power piece, or two, on hand. These are the garments that show up strong in any setting and pair best with your most basic essentials. It could be something as refined as a suit, or as effortless as this SheIn A-Line Midi Skirt.
If you love the traditional leopard print but want to break out of the norm, this midi skirt is for you. Those splashes of blue and yellow are the difference-makers.
When it’s cold, pair this skirt with a black turtleneck and tall boots. On warmer days, a simple tee and denim jacket completes the outfit perfectly.
4. Pique interest with a peek of leopard
Another easy way to work leopard into your style game is to use it as an eye-popping accent.
While this attractive Zara top is perfect for dressing up a pair of jeans or simple black pants, it works overtime when you absorb it into your corporate wardrobe. Let it peek out beneath a blazer to add something interesting to the mix, or pair it with a sleek pencil skirt to break out of your plain-blouse comfort zone. Either strategy is guaranteed to shake things up.
5. Sport leopard footwear
You never say no to great activewear. You’re a pro when it comes to picking out the coziest fleece hoodies and most comfortable workout leggings in the world. If you’re nodding your head right now, you will fall in love with these Puma Incite Leopard Sneakers.
Built to perform, this pair of kicks will keep you comfortable thanks to a spongy foam midsole that provides stability and support with every step that you take. The bold leopard print coursing through the flexible black mesh upper is just a bonus.
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.
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