Style tips for wearing leopard print…

If there is one print I go crazy for but only recently in the last couple of years found the confidence to wear, it is leopard print. It is a print that has dominated the catwalks for years gone by and I don’t see it disappearing any time soon. For me its all about control, you know that little old rule of less is more. I think that is so true with this print. I’ve gone from only owning a pair of ankle boots and a coat to having another pair of boots, a scarf, a skirt (or two) and now a shirt. Oh how I love this shirt, and it seems so many of you do too. I find myself regularly scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest looking for outfit inspiration on how best to wear it so I thought I would share some of my tips with you.

But first, lets discuss this pyjama style shirt a little more. My new style love. So far I have only paired it with my high waist denim cut off jeans. I am really looking forward to the sunshine coming out and wearing it with my denim skirt or a pair of cut off denim shirts, for me it works best with denim but I am wondering how it would look with a pleated skirt or culottes. I love the style and relaxed cut of these shirts, I need to find some more.

And now back to the print. As prints go, leopard can be a bit sassy so as I am very quickly approaching forty I am trying my best to be mindful of how and when I wear it. I have made a few mistakes in the past. I guess that’s how you learn what works right? I once had a faux fur coat and as much as I adored it, it just felt too much and I found Mr H doing his best to deter me from wearing it. And so, moving forward I am trying to be less Bet Lynch and more Carrie Bradshaw in my choices. There are certain ways leopard print can look a little tacky, but when it’s styled well it looks more amazing than crazy.

And so here are my tips for wearing leopard print…

  1. Keep the rest of your outfit quite simple. Let the print make the outfit, I tend to treat leopard print as an accessory and build an outfit around it. For some this type of print is a little out there, its bold and often a statement piece. I say let it shine.
  2. Some would disagree but I would say wear one leopard print item at a time. Don’t be pairing a coat with matching bag and shoes, although if you do want to match your accessories then go for leopard print shoes and a handbag and keep the rest of the outfit plain.
  3. Add a pop of pretty colour. One of my favourite colour combinations is pink and leopard print – striking but such a pretty combination. Other favourites would be mint green and red.
  4. Don’t forget to accessorise. The easiest way to wear leopard print is with a killer shoe, a snazzy scarf, sunglasses or a handbag. That reminds me, I need a handbag!
  5. A little contradiction to point 1, in my defence I started to write this post before I paired my leopard print scarf with a striped breton. What a revelation, definitely a combination I will wear again.

 

How would you style leopard print? I would love to know in the comments. And if you need inspiration then pop over to my style loves page where I have added my favourite leopard print bits from the high street in a little collection for you.

 

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12 Comments

  1. 2nd May 2018 / 4:54 pm

    I love this shirt and it’s so flattering on you. I agree with one leopard print item at a time, because I find it too much if there’s more than one. LOVE your styling in this post xx

    • Life As Our Little Family
      3rd May 2018 / 8:10 am

      The style is definitely a new favourite and thank you love x

  2. 6th May 2018 / 8:26 am

    This shirt really suits you. I have a dress that’s black at the top with a leopard print skirt part but I’ve not been brave enough to wear it yet even though it’s been in the wardrobe for years!

    • Life As Our Little Family
      8th May 2018 / 10:29 am

      Aww thank you, definitely glad I didn’t send it back – you should try

  3. 8th May 2018 / 9:42 am

    I’ve always been a bit wary of leopard print, I had a cardigan years ago that I loved but it just didn’t quite go. I bought a top last year and packed it off to charity recently as I know I’ll never wear it. Saying that though, I did pick up a black and grey leopard print skirt from Tu at Sainsburys and I love it. The key is definitely keeping the rest of the outfit simple. x

    • Life As Our Little Family
      8th May 2018 / 10:23 am

      I think its one of those prints that either works for you or it doesn’t, I could see you wearing a maxi skirt!

  4. 8th May 2018 / 12:17 pm

    You know me, I’m a huge leopard print fan and definitely don’t need any convincing to wear it. Love all your choices x

    • Life As Our Little Family
      8th May 2018 / 12:32 pm

      I love that we have a shared love for leopard print x

  5. 9th May 2018 / 1:46 pm

    Ooh I do love a bit of animal print and you look absolutely amazing in these pieces. I need to add to my print wardrobe and that scarf could be the perfect addition. Thanks for the tips xx

    • Life As Our Little Family
      10th May 2018 / 8:19 am

      Its such a great print isn’t it. I’m always drawn to it. I love the scarf, theres a couple on Zara at the minute and headscarfs which would be perfect for Spain in August x

  6. 9th May 2018 / 3:01 pm

    I did a post on leopard print yesterday and a handbag is top of my list too! I do love how you’ve styled it with pink, just gorgeous 🙂 xx

    • Life As Our Little Family
      10th May 2018 / 8:18 am

      Oh did you, I’ll have to give it a little read x

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