MY FAVOURITE WAYS TO BRING LEOPARD PRINT INTO SUMMER
I’ve only ever owned 2 leopard print pieces, and ironically, they were both shirts. When I was just dabbling into fashion, almost 10 years ago (ouch!) I got myself a long, flowy leopard print shirt at Zara, because I loved the way it looked. Back then, leopard print really wasn’t as trendy and mainstream as it is this year, but I just felt drawn to it… A few months later, I threw out because I never wore it. Truth is, I didn’t really know how to style it, and I felt like leopard print had this “old woman trying to be sexy” kinda vibe that just didn’t sit well with me. If you would have asked me back then, I would have probably said this was my first and last time owning something in a leopard print.
Fast forward to now, I have a lot more experience styling myself, and I do understand that leopard print is a wonderful neutral, if you know how to wear it. I still feel like it can have that weird “I’m trying too hard to be sexy” that I personally find very tacky, so I always try to stick to less flashy, sexy pieces and more casual or polished styles. The shirt I’m wearing in these pictures is a great example, because it looks beautiful with casual short shorts, but also high-waisted skirts, jeans, or basically anything you want to pair it with. On a side note, I also love wearing leopard print during the day, so even if I’m wearing a more revealing outfit like a crop top or a deep neckline, it still looks casual and age appropriate.
Since leopard print has really been having a moment in the last few months, I thought it could be cool to look at ways to bring it into Summer, so I compiled all my favourite pieces for you guys, starting with tops:
As you can see, some of these tops are more conservative, and some are more revealing, but I feel like all of them look young and updated. You KNOW I had to sneak a few crop tops in there, which I would wear with high waisted bottoms on the casual side (think denim shorts and skirts), so it doesn’t look like a clubby outfit. I also love the last t-shirt, that features a white spin on the leopard print, which I find to be super cool. And that little cami in the bottom row? While I wouldn’t wear it tucked into jeans like that, I would definitely wear it by itself, or layered on top of a white tee for a bit of warm weather layering.
When it comes to leopard print skirts, I like to keep it long and somewhat flowy, as opposed to short and skin-tight. I feel like since leopard is a print that has that tacky connotation, staying away from anything overly sexy is probably better… But once again, this is my opinion. If you want to wear a super short, super tight skirt with leopard print, feel free to wear whatever makes YOU feel good!
I’m really a fan of these ones, that I would pair with a white boxy cropped tee or tank, except for that white version, that I would probably wear with black.
Moving on to dresses… Leopard print dresses, in my opinion, are the hardest to pull off, because there’s nothing to offset them. Once again, just like for skirts, I like to keep it on the longer end, except for that last one, that I would wear layered over a tee, with sneakers and possibly a denim jacket. I feel like aside from the negative connotations I mentioned above, leopard can also have that rocker chic vibe, or a more polished, classy look. When paired with edgier pieces and fabrics like leather and destroyed denim, it feels a lot more rock-chic… And when paired with classic cuts in neutral, it feels ver Upper East-Side to me, ha!
While the 2 first dresses are more something I would wear to a dressed up event, I love that the other ones all have this super casual feel that can look great no matter what style you include it in.
A much more subtle way to include leopard print in your summer wardrobe is with shoes and accessories… Starting here with flat sandals. I personally love these pics, and I feel like even #1, which is quite the total look, works because it’s such a casual piece. I’m also really into how options number 5 and 6 look, with the more abstract leopard pattern.
Before I started looking for leopard print sandals, I didn’t think I was going to love any heeled options, but I ended up loving all these 6 picks so much! It’s funny to see how the one thing they all have in common is a big, chunky block heel… That once again is a more casual, daytime option than a stiletto, which is a much sexier shoe. Once again, I sneaked in a white leopard print in there, because I just love the look.
Lastly, a great way to hone in on the leopard print trend without committing too much is with a fun accessory. I personally love a good printed belt, and I feel like it really makes a huge difference in breaking up the monotony of an outfit. Hair accessories, like scarves and scrunchies are also super cute and timely. Here are my favourite picks:
Phew! That’s it you guys, I hope you enjoyed this post and aren’t sick of leopard print after seeing so much of it, lol. I’m certainly really into it still, and I can’t wait to wear my leopard print pieces in a lot more outfits. Should I do a “1 leopard print shirt, 10 outfits” post? Let me know if that’s something you would like to see in the comments section below… And fore more daily inspo and craziness, you can come follow along on Instagram!
Love you guys,