For an easy to way jazz up your wardrobe, consider leopard print. Yes, yes, I know—it’s been pilloried to the moon and back, thanks to overwrought use in decades past. But here’s the thing: Leopard print is decidedly, unambiguously cool now. (After all, the ’80s are back in full swing.) Whether you’re looking to inject some spark into an everyday outfit with a well-chosen accessory or looking to make the pattern a cornerstone on a head-to-toe getup, leopard print can do it all. All it requires is an open mind, a careful selection, and—in a marked departure from the fashion decisions of the ’80s—a little restraint. Here’s how to pull it off.
Karen Kane Sleeveless Leopard Print High/Low Dress
$104.30; buy now at nordstrom.com
This sleeveless chiffon dress pairs perfectly with black heels and a cardigan for a fall look that’s subtly sexy.
Azeeza Saunder Leopard-Print Silk Midi-Dress
$895.00; buy now at barneys.com
From the front, a cowl neck and midi hemline makes this Azeeza dress the definition of feminine and flattering. However, turn it around and you’ll find that piece is actually hiding a tastefully open back, giving the look just the right amount of coyness.
Nili Lotan Vivianna Leopard-Print Silk Pants
$695.00; buy now at barneys.com
These ultra-luxe leopart pants from Nili Lotan are as comfortable as pants get—when you slip them on, it feels like wearing a cloud.
Vince Camuto Carla Animal Print Satchel
$298.00; buy now at vincecamuto.com
If your wardrobe is primarily composed of basics in various shades of white and black, then this calf hair satchel from Vince Camuto could be your perfect statement accessory.
Aquatalia Fuoco Leopard-Print Booties
$495.00; buy now at bergdorfgoodman.com
It doesn’t matter whether your favorite fall outfit is a casual pair of black jeans and a crewneck tee or a fancy turtleneck dress with tights, because these waterproof booties will match any autumnal get-up.
Cole Haan Piper Loafer Mule
$100.00; buy now at nordstrom.com
If you’re a city slicker who spends their entire day on their feet, then consider investing in Cole Haan’s sophisticated streamlined mule-loafer hybrid. Not only does it have a comfortable rubber sole and cushioned insole, but it’s just simple enough to pair with almost anything.
Leopard Print Oblong Scarf
$19.00; buy now at nordstrom.com
Not quite sure about the leopard print trend yet? Test the waters with a simple scarf, like this oblong one from Nordstrom. It’s perfect for the chillier temperatures, and at just under $20, it’s a fiscally sound purchase whether or not you actually decide you like the animal print style.
Marzi Leopard-Print Calf Hair Beret
$535.00; buy now at neimanmarcus.com
Can’t afford to jet off to Paris for a weekend getaway? Consider this leopard print beret from Marzi the next-best thing. Just don this sophisticated accessory to a nearby cafe, grab a croissant from the counter, and viola!
Vis Ā Vis Leopard-Print Cotton Short Field Jacket
$695.00; buy now at barneys.com
Vis Ā Vis’ glam field jacket with four pockets and a tuck-away hood is versatile enough to wear both with a pair of jeans to work and over a LBD during date night.
Berek Leopard-Print Coated Blazer
$145.00; buy now at neimanmarcus.com
This sharply tailored stretch knit blazer from Berek has an eye-catching (and trending) metallic coating.
Coach Market Tote With Leopard Print
$395.00; buy now at coach.com
This leopard tote bag is the fashionable answer to hauling bundles of work papers around all day.
Nili Lotan Harper Leopard-Print Burnout Blouse
$550.00; buy now at barneys.com
Leopard print is notorious for being over-the-top, but this burnout blouse proves that it’s possible to tone the trend down a bit for those who want to.
Fuzzi Leopard Print Tulle Midi Skirt
$495.00; buy now at nordstrom.com
Perfect for work or travel, this Fuzzi mesh tulle skirt is wrinkle-resistant and shape-retaining no matter where you go.
Frame Leopard-Print Calf Hair Belt
$180.00; buy now at net-a-porter.com
Say hello to yet another risk-free but effective touch of leopard print. This skinny calf hair belt from Frame can be worn with jeans or even paired with a flowing silk dress, giving it the potential to be your go-to fall accessory.
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