If there’s one trend that has come back in a big way this season, it’s leopard print. Animal print is having its moment of glory once again, and it can be seen everywhere you look this year so far.
Leopard print has a loaded history, with celebrities wearing it over the past few decades, ever since it began to appear in the 20th century. The flappers of the 20’s loved animal fur coats, people in the 50s began wearing leopard print lingerie as a seductive fashion trend, until it eventually became a print that symbolised rebellion and fierceness throughout the 60’s and 70’s.
Leopard print has lent itself to the rockers of the 80’s, and the official motif of Scary Spice in the 90s. A truly versatile print, it seems, that has lasted the decades. Now, it’s back again in a chic and sophisticated style; helping you to blend in or stand out.
Here to stay for AW18
It’s likely you’ve seen a huge influx of leopard print styles over the last few weeks, but don’t panic just yet; it seems the trend is going to continue into AW18, making it one of the season’s must-have prints. Appearing in catwalk shows from some of the biggest fashion houses, the likes of Victoria Beckham, Tom Ford and Diane von Furstenberg have all included the pattern heavily in their upcoming collections.
The craze has already started, with leopard prints even appearing more and more often than the eternal floral print. It is a powerful pattern, and you don’t have to partake in animal cruelty to get it.
How to wear leopard print
Leopard print can be worn boldly or be incorporated subtly, depending on how brave you’re feeling. Some style experts that you can claim leopard print to be your new neutral; in which case, feel free to mix your leopard pieces with other prints. Stripes are a particularly bold way to complement your leopard print clothing, as are checks if you fancy doing something a little different.
If you’re looking for a feminine take on this fierce print, leopard print blouses are perfect. Choose from normal button down shirts, pussy bow blouses or tie front blouses for a contemporary style. Simply pair with a pair of blue denim jeans for a classic appearance, or take it to the next level with a leather skirt.
Leopard print skirts are becoming a go-to design for those embracing the new trend. Wrap skirts, A-line skirts and knee length skirts all work great with a leopard print. Leopard print skirts are perfect with a chic white t-shirt tucked in and a pair of trainers, or even a lace bralette and heels. It’s a print that is versatile through the day and night, as well as the seasons!
You may want to consider accessorising with the popular print, or branching out into outerwear. Leopard print coats are classic and can enhance an otherwise plain outfit. Other accessories include handbags, belts, jewellery and even shoes. Leopard print heels are a statement in themselves and can be worn with pretty much anything!