Leopard print: How to wear it and what to buy

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Leopard print fashion

by Ellen Kerry and Jade Moscrop |

Leopard, like stripes or a decent trench, is a must for a discerning fashionista’s wardrobe. If you’re lacking in big cat prints, your lifestyle is like a fish and chip shop without vinegar. Like cheese without pickle. Kanye without Kim. See what we're getting at?

When donning the fiercest of prints, there are a few things to bear in mind to avoid looking like 80s barmaid. Unless that’s something you covet, of course.

  1. As tempting as it is to pile on the print, abstain. Double or triple leopard is an attack on the senses and only looks good on an Amazonian model strutting down the Paris Fashion Week catwalks.
  1. A red lip looks incred with leopard print. BUT only a red lip. Heavy eye shadow, too much blush or an over-styled ‘do will take your cool girl leopard into trashy territory.
  1. Surprise people with your canny ability to play down your meow print a la A list celebs. Team a tailored coat with laidback separates and kicks for instant off-duty model styling.
  1. Leopard print lurrrves OTT jewellery. But, guess what? It’s no good for it! Don’t allow this sartorial bad relationship to happen on you.

Ready to commit? Here are some key pieces to invest in...

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Leopard print fashion ideas

Leopard Tote Bag, £19.99
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Liquorish midi dress with frill detail in green leopard print, £36
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Plus Leopard Print Duster, £17.60
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ASOS DESIGN Curve midi cami slip dress in leopard print, £20
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Women's Leopard Splodge Print LUX Sweat, £52
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Due in stock in February.wildheartswonder.com

Leopard Print Jersey Slip Midi Dress, £12
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Leopard Print Hair Scrunchie, £1.89
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Plus Satin Leopard Shirt, £17.60
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My Accessories London leopard print scarf, £13.50
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Joules Women's Molly Welly Wellington Boots, from £30.30
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Daisy Street mini skirt with front splits in leopard print, £17.99
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