Seasons come and go, trends peak and expire but leopard print remains a perennial favourite on the fashion circuit – it’s like the cockroach of the post apocalyptic fashion-kingdom; it cannot and will not be defeated. Here are some fool-proof tips to wear your spots with pride:
Avoid frumpy fabrics
There’s a reason the humble leopard looks so sexy – because it’s sleek, svelte and graceful. The same rule applies to wearing leopard print; heavy fabric such as thick cotton and dense Lycra will just result in it looking bulky and flat whereas soft, floaty materials will look chic and timeless. Unless you’re investing in a fashion conscious pair of winter slippers or a thick, faux-fur coat, avoid the bulk and opt for items that are sheer and sophisticated.
Accessorize once but never twice
I recently met up with a friend in London who wore four staple items to such effect that she looked effortlessly classic. Combining a basic black top with burgundy jeans, plain heels and a thin, leopard print belt, along with a cracking figure, she quite simply looked stunning. The rule here is to wear one leopard item at a time – and never more. The print will look its most beautiful when worn alone. Start combining leopard jewellery with leopard bags, belts and shoes and you’ll start looking more Cat Slater than London Fashion Week.
Steer clear of fur
An obvious one here but it’s an important one – you don’t need to be David Attenborough to realise that genuine leopard print only looks good on the animal, and never a human. We will never wear it with as much beauty as the real deal.
Tone it down, never up
Unless you’re very brave and know how to clash animal print with absolute perfection, don’t even bother. There are only very few people who can pimp-up animal print successfully and even then, they look an eye-sore; an impressive eye-sore granted, but still not one for mere mortals of the fashion world to attempt. Zebras run away from leopards at great speed – and so should your animal-print wardrobe. Be wary of the fabrics you’re mixing and remember not all colours will complement the print; there’s a reason you don’t see neon colours all across the African savannah – because mother nature is the best fashion designer of them all and knows harsh hues of neon most definitely do not mix well with leopard print.