It’s no secret that Natasha and I are fans of leopard print, but then again, who isn’t these days? A contemporary classic that’s never out of style, all those old Bette Lynch connotations have been banished and leopard is so acceptable, it’s now considered a neutral. Here’s how to wear it for winter 2017…
Faux Fur Coats
Think Kate Moss. Think Urban glamour. If you’re in the market for a leopard print coat, then you have a host to choose from. H&M have a lot of great options. This one (above) has a high collar (which I love for windy winter days and nights), it also has a slight twist on the traditional leopard pattern. Then there is this, which is a slightly lighter colour, and this collarless one, which is uber glam. Over at ASOS you can find the coat that Natasha is sporting in the top pic. And then there’s this, from New Look, which looks much more expensive than it is.
If faux fur isn’t your thing, then how about this? It’d look great over jeans. And I really love this (above) by Y.A.S. Isn’t it amazing and very chic? This one from Warehouse looks great too. Because of the slightly darker print, it’s a little more subtle and very wearable.
Jumpers and Tops
Leopard print can work as a top, but it has to be cut right and you need to keep the bottom simple – black jeans or slim cut trousers probably work best. Tops that are too blousony don’t do it for me, they just feel very Dynasty, but slim cut shirts like this one from Warehouse are great. Whilst this blue ruffle silk one from Lily & Lionel is a total showstopper, as is this foxy silk one from Rixo. If you like your leopard with a twist, how about this grey and neon pink sweater from the brilliant Jumper1234? Or for something more casual, Wear the Stars has a great new sweatshirt featuring a leopard print star. And tapping into the velvet trend, this top by Velvet by Graham & Spencer is pretty stunning. Wear with simple black trousers for a killer party look.
If you are nervous about going all-out with leopard print, then accessories are the perfect place to dabble. Leopard print shoes are no-holes-barred fabulous and add a stylish touch to even the most dressed down outfit. Boden have a crazy number of really fabulous leopard print shoes – great quality and and great design. These heels are amazing – perfect really, and come in classic leopard or a slightly differently snow leopard, there’s also a version with a lower heel. I also have my eye on these boots – I really want them and think I’d get a lot of wear with black jeans or tights. They’re also called Alexa, which is practically my name, so I just have to get them right? Less dressy, these have a chunkier heel and would be amazing for every day wear.
Bags are another great way to dip your toe into leopard print. This Hill & Friends one (above) is obviously The Dream, but sadly out of my budget. This Maje one is rather lovely as well. And sorry to bang on about Boden, but they really know how to do leopard print. I love this bag, which comes in classic leopard, a very cool neon pink leopard and snow leopard. This is also great. Scarves are also an easy way to try out leopard if you’re not sure about wearing it as a top. Lois Avery make the most wonderful cashmere scarves, this leopard one is an investment, but a beauty. Finally, I have to mention the cashmere snoods and wrist warmers that I am selling on The Alex Edit. Leopard print, super-soft and just utterly gorgeous, I’ve been living in mine since the temperatures dropped.