Trend Turns Classic: The Leopard Print

Today I’m writing about an old good trend. A trend that was particularly popular in the 80s and was then regarded as a fashion sin and banished from our closets. In recent years it has celebrated such a brilliant comeback that we can now call it a classic. Of course I mean the leopard print, which remains popular in the coming season. Thus, we see wild cats at Anna Sui, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney and Max Mara spring-summer fashion shows, just to name a few ones.

But caution: leopard print can quickly look vulgar and cheap. Therefore, it is highly recommended to use this element sparingly and wisely. The challenge is not to look like a hooker wearing pieces with leopard print. This means that net tights are not quite a good idea. The same applies for red lips, low-cut necklines, mini skirts, sky high heels, skin-tight styles and anything else that looks sexy and wicked. Instead, you should try to “defuse” the leopard print.

So how to style leopard print? There are two possibilities: either in a classic safari style with chinos, shorts and shirt-dresses in colors like sand, brown, beige and khaki, or mixing different styles. For example, make it edgy in combination with distressed denim, chunky knit, loose silhouettes, masculine elements and flat shoes or girlish with chiffon, lace, floral prints, polka dots, bows and frills. Style professionals like Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo show us how it goes.

I must confess that I haven’t really been a huge fan of the leopard print. On one hand I didn’t want to conform to the popular stereotype that Eastern European women have a special fondness for the wild cat look. On the other hand I didn’t really like any garment with this pattern. Thus, I’ve only bought two scarves with leopard print so far. However, when I look at the resort collection 2013 by Stella McCartney, I think that I could still change my mind…

Left Anna Sui SS 2013, right Stella McCartney resort 2013

Stella McCartney leopard print resort collection 2013Stella McCartney resort 2013

Left 3.1 Phillip Lim SS 2013, right Max Mara SS 2013

Max Mara leopard print SS 2013Max Mara SS 2013

Images: style.com

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