Style in the Wild

Elysian’s Guide to Doing Leopard Prints the Right Way

It doesn’t take much for an animal print to go wrong. Combine a busy leopard pattern with an overwrought design or a clunky silhouette, and you’ve got a bona fide fashion disaster on your hands. But when all the design elements fall into place, animal prints make for traffic-stopping fashion excitement. So how do you discern between disaster and excitement? For starters, avoid fabrics that are excessively shiny or stretchy, they’ll only make you look cheap. Don’t get matchy-matchy and wear multiple leopard prints elements at once. Avoid over-designed, over-embellished leopard print ensembles. And then take it one outfit at a time, my friend. To get you started, here are Elysian’s picks for Animal Print ecstasy:

Dresses:

Westwood Anglomania Leopard Print Dress | $374

The flattering drape and watercolor print make Westwood’s Leopard Midi a must. Found at Net-A-Porter.com

Alexander Wang Frayed Mini Dress | $325

With the distressed pattern and frayed dress, the Alexander Wang Frayed Leopard Dress is what rock stars wear when they’re on their best behavior. Found at Net-A-Porter.com

Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Sequin Mini Dress | $2,895

Yes, it’s A LOT. But somehow Dolce & Gabbana knows how to make it work. Now it’s up to you to work it. Found at Modaoperandi.com

Anthony Thomas Melillo Silk Mini Dress | $375

A flowy Leopard mini dress is the epitome of casual elegance. Found at Net-A-Porter.com

Silvia Tcherassi Savanah Belted Silk Dress | $1,350

This Beautiful midi dress is very sophisticated and timeless, making this a must have. Found at Net-A-Porter.com

 

SHOES:

Axel Arigato Leather-trimmed Leopard Print Sneakers | $92

Resist the temptation to wear these leopard tennis shoes to match other leopard-themed elements in your ensemble—that’s just going to get you in trouble. Instead, make them the focal point of a subdued outfit made up of black, beige or khaki. Found at Net-A-Porter.com

Gucci Princetown Slippers | $940

Your jeans will thank you for making them feel classy when you pair them with Gucci’s Princetown Slippers. Found at Net-A-Porter.com

Dolce Vita Javi Leopard Block Heels | $140

Start with a comfy T. Throw on your favorite jeans. Slide into Dolce Vita’s Leopard block heels. Then go wherever the open road takes you. Or to brunch. Whatever works for you. Found at Shopbop.com

Gianvito Rossi 85 Ankle Boot | $1,295

When the autumn winds start to blow, these boots will made your feet warm and your style wicked. Found at Net-A-Porter.com

Bags

Dolce & Gabbana Leather-Trimmed Suede Tote | $4,775

We love the Leather suede Leopard bag with a Little Black Dress for a formal event, or dressed down with black denim. Found at Modaoperandi.com

Charlotte Olympia Leopard Leather Weekender | $2,155

Olympia’s Weekender wasn’t around in the 1960s but if it was, Marilyn Monroe would have brought it with her when she went to visit Arthur Miller at his writing cabin in the countryside. Found at Modaoperandi.com

Saint Laurent Love Box Leopard Print Shoulder Bag | $2,650

Leopard has been a part of the Saint Laurent repertoire for decades, but each season, the design house comes up with new ways to keep the classic print fresh. Found at Net-A-Porter.com

Christian Louboutin Spiked Clutch | $650

Look at you, partying like a rockstar with your Louboutin Leopard clutch. Found at Net-A-Porter.com

TOPS

Gianni Silk Leopard Wrap Blouse | $189

Throw the Ganni silk wrap blouse over a boat-collared black dress or a pencil skirt to instantly elevate your style from ho-hum ro va-va-voom. Found at Net-A-Porter.com

Frame Denim Pussy Bow Leopard Print Silk Chiffon Blouse | $285

Pair it with a pencil skirt for a sexy-librarian office look. Or throw it on over jeans for a quasi-casual night out. Found at Net-A-Porter.com

Michelle Mason Silk One Shoulder Top | $485

The perfect fun and flirty look with black jeans in the Michelle Mason top. Found At Net-A-Porter.com

Temperley London Wildcat Blouse | $445

Make your black slacks or skirt a little less basic with a cold shoulder leopard blouse. Found At Net-A-Porter.com

JACKETS

Theory Leopard Print Jacket | $417

Throw it over a faux-leather mini  and a white t-shirt and you’ll be good when the leaves start falling off the trees. Found At Net-A-Porter.com

SJYP Faux fur-trimmed jean jacket | $250

If you’re not the type to go for a leopard print mega statement piece, SJYP faux-fur trimmed Jacket with a small strip of leopard is a good alternative. Found At Net-A-Porter.com

MSGM Leopard Print Coat | $563

Perfect for a night out in the BIG City paired with Black Skinny Jeans and a Black Turtle Neck. Found At Farfetch.com

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Belted Coat | $2,250

Di Lorenzo’s Faux leopard Shearling is the kind of coat that makes you pray for cold weather. Found At Net-A-Porter.com

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