There are some things in fashion that I've loved since I can remember despite the coming and going of current trends. Whether considered by those in the know as "in" or "out" I couldn't have cared less, I've been wearing pink since I was able to buy my own clothes, and animal prints have never really been out of fashion. I've undoubtedly made adjustments over the course of time yielding to a particular hue of pink or a varying print of leopard in order to stay on top of my game, but never have the two favorites waned.
Christian Dior introduced animal print into his 1947 collection officially naming it "haute couture", so for many including the wealthy fashionistas of Paris, leopard print has long since been a sign of luxury. Whenever I wear anything leopard print I feel luxurious with a certain power or fearlessness, it must be the animal instinct rubbing off on me!
Even though anything and everything is available in animal print, it does not mean you should wear it all at once. One piece in any single outfit is by far the chicest and easiest way to go. Less is definitely more with animal prints. Besides, trying to match up prints can prove very difficult as they all seem to differ just a little bit, in color, size and/or formation of spots.
Leopard print doesn't generally work well with other patterns, it's definitely not a choice for bold pattern mixing. It's better by itself and paired with solid colors. Black is a good color to wear with leopard as well as red or orange. For a summery vibe I've chosen to wear it with white jeans which works well since the blouse is a sheer fabric and therefore has a softer hue of colors. Leopard also pairs well with blue jeans, here's a LINK to a blog post I did last year wearing this same blouse with blue jeans which resulted in many compliments.
Add some pink into the mix and that big cat becomes a kitten. Pink is cute and girly and adds a little sugar to sweeten your leopard prowess. I'm a sucker for pink and it's the summer time, no further justification required! Pink is a relatively easy color to match. Plus, when you're wearing it as an accessory as in this example, each piece is far enough apart not to notice if it's not a perfect color match. Earrings, bag and shoes, something for the top middle and bottom - all nicely balanced so the leopard print still takes center stage.
I've linked the items below that I'm wearing in these photos, or similar if the exact ones are no longer available. If you're not ready for a lot of leopard just yet, consider an accessory in the print. A pair of leopard print shoes with an all black outfit, or perhaps a leopard belt on a red dress, or a leopard bag or clutch. With leopard print, no matter how small the piece you wear, you're still going to get a significant bang for your buck. It's sure to be your pop of luxury, the haute couture in a pret-a-porter world!
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Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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