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Sienna Studio midi leather skirt, Hipstik opaque tights, Söfft shearling booties, GNW leopard print cardigan, smoky quartz statement necklace (all own)

ononI love cats, cats of all size, their elegant moves, their jumping abilities, their faces, and the color pattern of those, who have a pattern. Therefore, it is no wonder that I love leopard printed patterns on everything from shoes over cardigans and jackets to tights. In this Leopard Print Style Guide, I share with you my secrets how to wear the print in an effortlessly stylish way. Read and see to get inspired.



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Leopard Print from Red Light to Work Appropriate

Leopard print has been around already so long. It became mainstream and nearly a classic in recent years. In the 1950s, this alluring print was for date night and bombshells style only. In the 1960s, this print was associated with nightlife, sexy underwear or night gowns. You wouldn’t had worn it to the office, church or any formal occasion!

How times and fashion changed in the last 60 years! In a couple of decades, the current decade will probably be known as the time of the leopard print conquering the day life and even the office.

The daring fashionista can even mix this feline print with florals, stripes or any other large geometric fabric adornment. When you chose the beasts natural fur colors

But let’s take one step at a time to get the most out of the trendy (or new classic ?) It piece.


post logo of the Leopard Print Style Guide showing a woman with leopard print cardigan




Try It with Neutrals or Bold Color Solids

Black is a fool proof pairing. It makes the feline piece the statement (see photo below).


stylist in all black with feline design cardigan posing for the leopard print style guide
Sienna Studio midi leather skirt, Hipstik opaque tights, Söfft shearling booties, GNW leopard print cardigan, smoky quartz statement necklace


The neutral colors of the sweater in the photo below permit grounding the look with another color than black. Using another color than black creates interest as most women ground their looks with that color. It’s important to repeat colors to tie the look together. Here the brown tights and heels do the job. The heeled loafers elongate the leg and the belt adds some shape. More on how to best accessorize with belts.


over 50 years old fashion blogger wearing a leopard sweater and leather skirt
Unbranded sweater, Halogen tan leather skirt, GNW tight, Nine West plateau heeled loafers, Longchamp bag, H-buckle, Kieselstein Cord belt, and statement necklace


When Wearing Leopard Print Tights, Make It the Statement

Leopard-print tights are a statement. The safe way to look sophisticated in the animal print trend is only one fur print item at a time. The next two explained example photos feature two inspirations how to style leo tights.


style blogger guiding how to wear leopard print tights with a sheath
Eli Tahari leather sheath, Moda International cardigan, GNW tights, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Festina watch, Nine West plateau heeled loafers, Ray Ban sunglasses, Philip Lim 3.1 bag and pearl necklace


In the above example, the gray background of the print ties the gray cardigan and chocolate sheath together. The plateau high heel loafers and bag add extra pops of color in burgundy and fuchsia to the otherwise all neutrals business casual winter work outfit.

The example below shows how to integrate the leo print tights into an outerwear look. The shearling motorcycle jacket and gray pom pom hat sort of repeat the colors of the tights. More on how to wear the patterned tights trend.


over 50 years old woman in shearling motorcyle jacket and pom pom hat with leo legwear
Marc Aurel shearling motorcycle jacket, Eli Tahari sheath, GNW leopard print tight, Clark booties, Philip Lim 3.1 tote, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, leather gloves and pom pom hat


More on how to wear patterned tights.



Snow-leopard Is a Great Desaturated Choice

Wearing stylish animal print outfits is a big trend. But picking the right cut and direction of the spots can do a lot for your look. A V-neck and vertical design of the pattern like in the photo below  have a slimming effect. Going for a snow leopard is a cool twist on the eternal classic of black and white.


over 50 years old woman with spotted top pose for the leopard print style guide
Side view of desaturated look


style blogger in posh casual look with leather skirt, snowleo T-shirt and gray shoes
Snow leopard V-neck top c/o Covered Perfectly, DIY belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Sienna Studio leather skirt, Ecclisse watch bracelet, pantyhose and Clovington ankle strap pumps


Of course, you can wear this print as an all neutral look with a gray, black or white bottom. Add dress pants, skirt, jeans, leggings, or even leather pants in these colors. Pair the look with matching shoes, pearls or silver jewelry. It’s a recipe for a posh and stylish look in no time. Like with the brown-beige-black version of the feline’s fur print any bold jewelry color works well as a fashion statement.


Try Leopard Print with Stripes, Florals, Tartan and Alike

We saw a lot of mixing prints and patterns on the runways. Of course, you can do so with this feline design. Just remember to

  • Wear it as a neutral
  • Ground your look with a color that is common to all pieces, and
  • Select designs of distinct different size.


Stylist tip: You can mix all patterns when they are gray.


In its natural colors – either in brown-black or black-gray-white – the design like any neutral works with about anything from floral to stripes, plaid, colors. Or go for a real bold statement colors like explained later in this post.


Stylist tip: When you are a beginner in mixing prints/patterns, pick another print in similar colors and ground your look with black tights. The following photos feature a simple-to-copy  mixed patterns, desaturated look in gray shades between black and white.



midlife blogger in jeans and tee with mixed prints
Example to guide which kind of leopard print pattern to look for.


style book author Nicole in bootcut jeans with tucked in sweater
Snow-leopard T-shirt c/o Covered Perfectly, unbranded striped oblong scarf, Oliveo bootcut jeans, rutile-quartz necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, quartz bangle and earrings, snake-tail buckle belt, and Manelo Blahnik denim booties


More on mixing leopard and floral prints.  More on mixing stripes with leopard.


How to Style Leopard Pattern Coats, Jackets and Vests

The feline motif looks great with bold colors. Thus, wearing a natural color, faux fur vest like the one in the photo below works with all combinations of grounding neutral and solid bold, unmuted color.


guide to style leopard print faux fur vest with leather skirt and red turtleneck
Leopard faux fur vest with hood c/o Covered Perfectly, Sienna Studio leather skirt, Anne Kleinturtleneck sweater, GNW tight and booties for an office appropriate winter look


over 50 years old woman in fall trend of vest with hood
Same vest as above, but now grounded with black and styled with a plaid skirt in the cat’s colors


over 40 style Leopard light weight faux fur vest under coat
Hoodie light weight faux fur vest c/o Covered Perfectly under coat. Leave the hood out to don a sleek elegant silhouette


In the case of jackets and coats, pay attention to the pieces that will show in the outerwear outfit More tips how to style your outerwear here. As a rule of thumb whatever hem is visible should be about 4 inches (10 cm) longer than your coat/jacket for a balanced stylish appearance. Jeans with sweaters or shirts tucked in work well. For the color and print combinations use the tips discussed above. More on how to style an animal print coat.


Which Colors Go with Leopard Print?

Of course, all colors that are in the print. The pattern looks also great with orange or red. More examples of an orange skirt with leopard print boots. For inspirational example outfits with red see what to wear for Valentine’s Day.


What to Wear with Leo Print Shoes?

How to style footwear with feline pattern is the same as laid out above.


High Latitude Style blogger in orange and poppy look of the day with statement leo print boots
Side view to show details of the pony hair printed leo boots


back view of leo boots to show zipper details
Mara over-the-knee hem skirt, Moda International cashmere silk cardigan, sweater top, smoky quartz bracelet, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Yes Saint Laurent tote, twigg’s pantyhose, and Manolo Blahnik boots with back zipper


over 50 years old woman in winter work outfit business casual with leo print tall boots
GNW de Luxe cashmere wool sweater, smoky quartz necklace, Pendleton pleated midi skirt, Manolo Blahnik tall footwear, and Festina sports watch


More on wearing tall boots.


Wrapping Up the Leopard Print Style Guide

In a nutshell, the most important aspects are:

  • To always go for a motif in the natural colors of the feline.
  • Style the pattern like a neutral with clean (unmuted) colors.
  • When combining with other designs, chose different scales, and ground your look with a common color. More on ageless looks in animal prints.


Photos of me: G. Kramm

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Graceful Rags

    So many chic leopard looks!! I especially love those leopard tights – what a fun accessory.

    Miles of smiles,

  2. chezrama

    Love this leopard print cardigan. You style your outfit well.