Although it is one of the most iconic and distinctive prints in fashion, there are those who do not know what leopard print truly represents. It is important to distinguish between leopard skin and print because they are not at all the same. Leopard skin was popular in high fashion up to the 1960’s, at which time it denoted wealth, power and sophistication. Although considered a chic print for clothing and accessories, people should be aware that much of the time it involves animal cruelty in order for the fur to come by. Leopard print does not involve the slaughter of rare animals, but signifies its wild flair through distinctive patterning.
Mixing Leopard Prints with Neutral Colors
Leopard print works best with neutral colors such as black, tan, white and shades of gray. This is because this combination captures the lively attitude and identity of the pattern, which is unmistakably leopard in nature. If you really want to go out on a limb, you might consider combining your leopard print with bright colors such as red, purple, blue, and yellow in order to go the extra mile.
Mixing Leopard Prints with other Prints/Patterns
When choosing your leopard print, think about what you can incorporate in your wardrobe. For example, if you like to layer pieces, you may consider incorporating leopard prints, such as a sweater or a pair of pants, with a neutral piece such as a dress or shirt. By doing this, you are able to draw attention to a bold statement and at the same time be able to adapt it to different situations and events. As for matching with patterns, you could for example consider mixing up with other patterns such as stripes, polka dots or even floral patterns. When you mix patterns, make sure that they are complementary in order to preserve the integrity of your outfit.
Make the use of Leopard prints in accessories
The combination of leopard print accessories (think footwear, bags, belts, jewelry) and neutral colors is a look that is a bit more daring, but equally stylish — a sure fire way to make an impression with your ensemble. You might want to invest in versatile accessories such as wallets, bags, hats, wristbands, scarves, etc., in order to expand your leopard print options. Although it is best to limit your accessories to only one or two choices, making sure that each of them are well tailored and offer a great design element is key to pulling off a leopard print ensemble.
If you would like to up your game, now is the time to consider all things leopard. It will not only take you far in terms of fashion, but also open doors you never knew existed. If you are not sure about diving right in, there is something to be said for gradually starting with one print and one accessory. You will be surprised how even such minimalism will start to work its magic on your appearance and become a part of your style. You will eventually be so immersed in the new look that you will start to feel like an actual leopard.