I have never been a big fan of Leopard print anything. It's just soooooo easy to get it wrong that I have steered clear of anything animal print aside from one throw pillow on my sofa of many many throw pillows. But this season I am seeing spots on bags, vests, scarves and even trousers and guess what....I like it. Somehow this new muted minimal use of leopard print has convinced me that I can safely wear the patterned print. To get some ideas on ways to wear it, I asked Nashville based super stylist Connie Richardson for some advice. Here is what she had to say.
Creative Director + Stylist
Leopard is THE print for fall, but proceed with caution. There is a fine line between chic and tacky with this perennial favorite. Head-to-toe animal print is not a good look on anyone. Not even Peg Bundy could pull it off. And don't even think about wearing colored or Lycra spots. Leopard was never meant to be blue or stretched. Don’t be wooed by all of the cool trendy leopard pieces out this season. They’re just that…trendy. Instead think of leopard as a timeless classic where less is definitely more. Invest in ONE quality spotted statement piece – a classic-shaped handbag, shoe, hat or belt, a cashmere scarf or gloves - to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your wardrobe for years to come. Splurge on a pencil skirt, fur vest or sleek jacket for an edgier vibe. Best when worn with black, camel, brown, grey, army green or dark denim, a hint of leopard is guaranteed to give any outfit extra oomph. Keep your hair sleek and makeup minimal to insure that confidence is the other thing that roars.
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