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How to Wear Leopard Print

Author: Lisa Soeno

I’m going to spend the next five minutes of your time waxing lyrical about leopard print, and in particular the faux fur number that I’m wearing whilst skipping through the leaves with Lyra in the header above. So if you have an aversion to leopard you might want to look away now.

THE jacket was the result of a rushed shopping trip to John Lewis to buy boring things like school shoes. When we walked through the Boden bit, it pretty much jumped out at me and said ‘BUY ME!’. I didn’t: I did that thing of walking away and seeing if I was still lusting after it a week later. I was, and as I still had £150 John Lewis vouchers left over from my birthday and Christmas it made the £170 price tag much more palatable. (It’s only £127.50 on the John Lewis site and the Boden site with code A4H3 at the moment. I’m telling you this through gritted teeth. Ha!). So it’s definitely an investment piece, but I’ve been deliberating over buying a faux fur for the winter months for the past six years, so I’m confident I’m gonna get my money’s worth over the next six. And it has sparked SO MUCH joy: it’s perfect for days when I want to wear something slightly more glam than a parka. It’s hanging at the bottom of the stairs as I type, and every time I walk past it, it makes me happy and as sad as it sounds, I give it a little stroke (yes, it’s that strokable).

Here’s some inspiration for how to wear a leopard print jacket, and below I’ve rounded up some more leopard print buys I’ve seen and loved which might inspire you to wear a little leopard.

Leopard Print Shoes and Accessories

If you’ve never worn leopard before but want to take the leap, I’d say start off small. My first leopard print item was a v subtle pale pink and beige leopardprint scarf from Aldo, similar to this one. I’m yet to buy a leopard print bag, but this Hush crossbody is the chicest thing I’ve seen.

  • New Look Scarf
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  • Hush Crossbody Bag
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  • Boden Pointed Flats
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Leopard Print Jumpers

Another easy way to incorporate a bit of leopard into your everyday outfits: team a leopardprint jumper with jeans. I love the way this Oasis one has been styled with a leather mini. And this Next sweater manages to combine three of my favourite things (leopard print, glitter and grey), whilst remaining subtle and stylish.

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  • Next Sweater
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  • Boden Sweatshirt
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Leopard Print Jackets

The Boden jacket I’ve harped on about ticks all my boxes (It has pockets. It’s seriously toasty. And did I mention how soft it is?). But for a lighter hue head to Warehouse, for a blazer version this one from Next is VERY appealing, and for a more purse-friendly option, try this one from Marks and Spencer. I’ve worn mine with stripes, slogans, dungaree dresses and jeans, but I also wear a lot of black and it’s the perfect coat to add a bit of interest to an all-black outfit.

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  • M&S Coat
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  • Warehouse Coat
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Leopard Print Skirts and Dresses

Two of my favourite outfits this autumn have been a) a pleated leopard print midi and black slogan jumper and b) my Hush Ivy leopardprint dress with black tights and white chunky soled trainers. (I reviewed the Ivy dress in this post about my go-to shops, and although it’s out of stock in ‘Haze’, it’s available in this much more autumnal ‘Wine’ shade). And for something more dressy, Asda has done a run of blinking amazing leopard print dresses recently. I spotted one in store that was a dead ringer for the M&S tea dress instafave, and this one is ultra versatile and a brilliant price.

  • New Look Pleated Midi
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  • Asda Ruffle Dress
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  • J Crew Midi Skirt
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And if you’re not yet confident to wear leopard print out the house, or you need a Christmas present for the leopard loving girls in your life, then these Next PJs may be just the thing.

Are you a lover of leopard? Would you ever wear leopard print from head to toe?

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13 thoughts on “How to Wear Leopard Print

  1. I LOVE leopard print!

    Great post, Lisa. I’ve loved leopard for years starting with subtle accessories, then bags and shoes and two years ago I bought a coat from Zara very similar to the Boden one (it’s very Kate Moss). Love a stylish coat when it’s all you really wear out in winter.

    Highly recommend leopard flats as a way to try the look. I always keep in mind something I heard years ago when unsure how to style: leopard print is a neutral. Hence, it goes with everything and is always an investment piece 😉

    1. Thanks Danni! YES to leopard being a neutral and also to leopardprint flats. I bought a pair from Primark a few years ago and they’re still going strong. x

  2. I bought a faux fur leopard print coat from zara in the sales in 2014 and its still going strong, it was about £50 so definitely getting my money’s worth! I’d love a pair of flat leopard ankle boots (for when I’m not wearing the coat!) But i started to wear sketchers and now everything feels uncomfortable in comparison, going to have to slowly retrain my feet ! If anyone has boot recommendations hit me up!- will have to deal with very long walks with a buggy over the winter

      1. Ooh these are v nice…not sure the purpose of the loops on the back…for toddlers to hold onto to stop you getting away? Haha..may have to do an internet order..far too pregnant to go out and shop!

        1. Ahh, good luck with the rest of your pregnancy. I have no idea what the loops are for but they make them look a bit more interesting than a plain boot! x

  3. I am totally obsessed with leopard print right now! I have the fur coat actually from H&M last year only £35 in the sale, trainers, flats, scarves, belts! I’m pretty obsessed! Love this post lisa x

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