This is a requested post. I wear leopard a lot, it’s my ultimate print. But it seems to scare a lot of people, for varying reasons. And so the one question I get asked a lot is how to get more wear out of leopard print without looking like Bet Lynch.
Well. Animal print skirts are an easy way to add the pattern into your wardrobe, but once you’ve worn them with a black or camel jumper, or a plain white blouse, how many other options are there?
And if you consider leopard as a neutral, in the way you might use grey or tan for example, there are multiple ways to wear!
Here I’m showing how I would wear four different leopard skirts. It’s designed to give you a few ideas on how versatile they can be. Don’t be scared about clashing – just go for it.
1: WORN WITH STRIPES
For me, this is another no-brainer. Stripes are pretty much my go-to mixing layer. If the colour of the leopard you’re wearing is quite dark or muted, then stripes are a great piece to wear with. I’ve kept this fairly smart with a longline black jacket, adding a pop of red with these flats meaning it’s quite an office-appropriate look too.
2: SLOGAN TEE AND TRAINERS
Leather jacket, The White Company (similar here) | Skirt, ASOS (old season, similar here) | Tee, Etre Cecile (similar here) | Trainers, White Stuff | Bag, Jaeger | Jumper (around shoulders), Boden (similar here)
Some days you just want to put on a skirt. You may need to do the school run, meet up with friends for coffee or do a Sainsburys trip, but you want to feel comfortable and wear a skirt. Team the leopard skirt with simple plimsolls and a slogan tee, throw on a leather biker jacket and off you go. I’ve added a citrus boyfriend jumper around my shoulders and clashed it with a green bag, but bold colour pops are optional.
3: REPEATING THE SPOT PRINT
Trench, Red Herring at Debenhams | Spot blouse, Boden (I also love this one) | Skirt, Whistles (old season, similar here) | Shoes, & Other Stories (now available in black) | Bag, Jaeger | Sunglasses, & Other Stories
This skirt is one of my favourite ever purchases. It was from Whistles about five years ago, but I’ve pulled it out for so many events – job interviews, birthday parties, business meetings, you name it. I’ve gone through the more obvious style pairings, such as a grey crew neck jumper or black polo neck, but I love the fact that there are so many options because the print is so busy. This polka dot blouse picks up on the dotty aspect and almost repeats it without using any leopard print. It also helps that it’s black and white. I’ve kept the accessories neutral, apart from the bright orange bag.
4: TOP TO TOE
You can do double denim, so why on earth can’t you do double leopard?! It works best if you stick to the same fabrics, so in this case both separates are silk. The pattern repeat isn’t too different either because the blouse uses a slightly larger version of the skirt print. But otherwise they’re identical in terms of tone and colour, which gives the overall effect more cohesion. I’ve added yellow accessories and then calmed everything down with a dark grey single breasted coat.