How to wear leopard print

Most women have an item of leopard print clothing lurking in their wardrobes. If you’ve just had a clear out and are not sure whether to ditch the leopard print, here are some ways to bring out the animal in you.

Leopard print is a perennial fashion favourite, coming to the fore every few years, but it can also be an unforgiving fashion faux pas if worn head to toe.

Add a splash of print
A scarf, earrings or a few bangles is a great way to liven up a black or neutral coloured outfit. A long, draped scarf will soften the print, however, when choosing earrings, go for something understated rather than huge chandeliers hanging from your earlobes.

Go for good quality accessories
Leather pumps or a leather bag in leopard print make a statement without being too loud. Shoes and bags are key accessories and if they are made from a cheap material, the look will be less effective.

Don’t be afraid
When you’re wearing any kind of print, you need to do so with confidence and this is especially true for leopard print. Don’t be afraid to wear a statement piece such as a blazer or top. However, unless you have long slender legs, you may want to give the printed pants a miss!

Don’t go head to toe
Less is more. By all means wear a leopard print dress, but keep it knee or calf-length and team it with neutral accessories. Unless you’re planning on camouflaging yourself in the jungle, steer clear of top-to-toe print.

Be a little cheeky
If you’re brave enough to wear leopard, then you’re brave enough to be a little daring. Don’t be afraid to wear a sheer top in the print, just make sure you have a camisole or vest top underneath and if you have the cleavage, go for something a little low-cut.

Steer clear of flashy gold accessories
Leopard print is eye catching enough; you don’t need to wear a lot of gold accessories on top. By all means wear any of your favourite pieces of actual gold jewellery, but stay away from large, brassy, fake gold accessories.

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Written by Debbie McTaggart