6 Cool Ways to Wear Leopard Print

Pair a leopard-print blouse with denim cutoffs.

Loosely front-tuck your blouse and finish off your outfit with flats or heels, depending on how dressed-up you want to look. Switch to full-length jeans when it gets cold out, or just layer your cutoffs over tights and wear them straight through fall.

Wear leopard flats for work and the weekend.

Leopard high heels are awesome day or night, but, depending on where you work, they might be a bit fashion-forward for the office. Instead, try a leopard-printed flat. They’re great for dressing up work wear basics like black pants and white collared shirts, and they make it easy to take your look from the office to the bar without actually having to change.

Break up a flowy leopard dress with neutral accessories.

Most people, when they hear the phrase “leopard-print dress,” picture something skin-tight and, for lack of a better word, slutty. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Instead of a body-con leopard-print dress, try something loose and flowy. Layer on a belt or a jacket to break up all that print and keep the look grounded with simple accessories and flats.

Treat leopard like a neutral and mix it with other prints.

The soft, organic shapes of naturalistic leopard print look great next to more graphic prints like polka dots, stripes, and plaids. Space your prints out one on top, one on bottom, to keep the look balanced, and layer in neutral-colored clothing and accessories to keep it from getting too busy.

Use leopard as a tiny accent on an otherwise clean and simple outfit.

A little bit of leopard can go a long way. The simpler and more monochromatic the rest of your look, the more that touch of leopard will pop. Wear it in the form of a narrow belt to subtly draw attention to your waist, or on sunglasses or a gauzy scarf to draw the eye up toward your face.

Carry a leopard bag with, well, anything.

Believe it or not, leopard is a neutral. In fact, it’s three neutrals in one; black, khaki, and white, and there is just something about a leopard-print bag that feels particularly versatile. It’s the essence of ‘je ne sais quois’. It just goes with everything.

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