Why I Love Leopard (And Why It's A Modern Classic)


Leopard can sometimes get a bad name, and in the past couple of years there *has* been a little bit of overkill.  To me though, leopard evokes an image of stylish women from Jackie O, Debbie Harry, Rihanna and Bettie Page, and legendary icons like Keith Richards and Iggy Pop.



My overwhelming love of leopard has seen me collect an early 1960’s vintage leopard coat, leopard ballet flats, leopard print scarves, a leopard ponyhair clutch, leopard ponyhair heels, a leopard beret, a leopard pencil skirt….sounds like overkill, right?

The trick to doing leopard elegantly is to pick one piece to wear, and make up the rest of your outfit using one other neutral, like black, nude or brown.  Having said this, you can use leopard with other prints, but make sure you introduce the leopard as an accessory rather than the statement piece of your look.

My next leopard lust-have?  A leopardskin pillbox hat like the one name-checked by Bob Dylan and worn by Audrey Hepburn. All the better to go with my Bashful Designs Roseanna Leopard Print Earrings,  of course!