Listen- leopard has always been my thing, well before Carol Baskin memes existed. It’s the perfect pop to add to any outfit. I often like to treat it as a neutral, pairing it with bright colors and other patterns. But beware: too much leopard or leopard done wrong can result in a fashion disaster.
I love this fun chiffon dress from H&M. Not only is it budget-friendly, but it is perfect for any body type. I’ve paired with a skinny belt to accentuate my waist, some knee-high boots to add that fashion-forward flare, and a blush knotted headband, well, just because.
| OUTFIT DETAILS |
Dress: H&M (Dupes below) | Boots: Target (Dupes HERE) | Handbag: Amazon (Dupes HERE and HERE) | Belt: Amazon | Headband: Amazon | Necklace: The Sis Kiss | Bracelets: Amazon HERE and HERE | Lipstick: Smashbox (Big Spender)
I’m not kidding that leopard is my favorite color. But after years of styling this animal print, I know what does and doesn’t work. So, I’ve created a list of Do’s and Don’t when wearing leopard.
DO: Use it to Accessorize
Need an extra pop to your outfit? Leopard is the perfect print to take a boring outfit to exciting. I like to have key leopard items that I often go-to as the finishing touch to most of my looks: headbands, sneakers, scarves, heels, clutch, etc.
DON’T: Overdo Do it
Yes there is a thing as “too much” in fashion. And it is important to treat leopard print with care, as this delicate pattern can overwhelm and outfit. If you are wearing a large leopard piece, like this dress, just be sure to tone down the accessories. Stick with neutral colors . There is a fine line between classy and trashy, so choose leopard wisely or you’ll end up looking like Joe Exotic.
DO: Mix with other Patterns
I know I just said don’t overdo it, but it is ok to mix with other patterns. I love pairing a leopard headband with a camo tee or leopard heels with a floral blouse. This is what I mean when I say “leopard is a neutral,” because you can pair it with anything. It adds a sense of sophisticated fun that every fashionista needs in her outfit. At first, it may seem weird, like it doesn’t match. But trust me, if done properly, it can take your outfit to the next level. Just be prepared for the compliments. 😉
DON’T: Mix with other Animal Prints
While I like to mix with various prints like gingham, stripes, and polka dots, it is a HUGE no-no to mix with other animal prints. That includes snakeskin, OTHER leopard print, zebra (which you shouldn’t be wearing anyways), and . You don’t want to be looking like a walking taxidermy.
DO: Wear with Confidence!
Leopard print gives off a sense of power. No, I’m not talking about that crazy-a** narcissism shown in Tiger King. But instead, an expression of fashion sense and textile boldness. Leopard print reflects confidence, like you’re not afraid to take fashion chances and can handle the daring fashion statement.
I’m tagging some of my favorite leopard dresses below. Lots of options: from dressy, office-wear, fun and flirty, and everyday casual.