Ahhh Animal print. It’s been circulating around the fashion world since as long as we can remember and it’s not going anywhere yet. As it’s become such a mainstay of the fashion world you need to style it that way. The best way to wear animal print is as if you was wearing the staple black pieces in your wardrobe. Yes, this might seem counterintuitive, but adding a little leopard to any outfit elevates the look. True, leopard print has often walked the line between brash and sexy, but it’s been proven time and again that no matter how much you try and avoid it, it will always end up back in your wardrobe some how. And despite its ubiquity, leopard prints popularity began with one designer and his muse—more specifically, Christian Dior and Mitzah Bricard. Bricard was fascinated by leopard print, and as a result, during the ’50s, Dior created a range of his accessories featuring the design, elevating leopard to be the must-have print of the moment.
From the ’60s through to ’80s, leopard print was often associated with rock stars—but that wasn’t a bad thing. Debbie Harry of Blondie wore it better than anyone else. There were plenty of other leopard-print champions, but perhaps none loved it as much as Jackie Collins, who reportedly said her biggest weakness was “wearing too much leopard print.” (Is there ever such a thing?)
Nowadays, it’s a classic for any wardrobe but particularly booming for autumn/winter 2018. Across the whole of the fashion world, you’d do very well to find anyone who doesn’t own at least one statement animal-print piece right now. Slinky animal print skirts are the flavour of the month so that’s food for thought if you’re an animal print virgin.
In 2018, there are a variety of fashionable ways to enjoy it and we’ve separated the differences between cheap and expensive-looking leopard prints for you. Keep scrolling for the 9 rules on how to wear leopard print.
#1: Clash leopard with other classic patterns
#2: Even small leopard-print accessories will make your outfit sing.
#3: A leo-print slip skirt is all you need.
#4: It doesn’t have to come in neutral tones.
#5: Leopard print looks incredible with more leopard print.
#6: Zebra and leopard print were made for each other.
#7: Leopard-print shoes are the easiest route in.
#8: Animal-print trousers are totally acceptable.
#9: Never forget that leopard print looks incredible with denim.