A few weeks ago, I was seeking fashion advice from our Facebook shopping group, So...Should I Buy This?, in relation to a leopard-print jacket I was considering from & Other Stories. The response was overwhelmingly positive: Some readers even insisted that leopard print is now a neutral.
It wasn't long ago that leopard print was considered tacky (hello, Janice from Friends) and synonymous with the "mutton dressed as lamb" stereotype. In 2019, however, it has been widely embraced by the fashion crowd, most notably achingly cool French It girls like Camille Charrière and Anne Laure Mais.
The classic print has been given a serious rebranding, and it's considered a totally accessible aesthetic. It's perfectly normal to see people walking down the street in a leopard skirt, dress or jeans, as it can be what you want it to be: elegant, grown-up, eccentric… You can clash it with other prints or pair it with minimalist staples for a pop of personality. Yup, this is leopard print for the postmodern age.
From dresses and jeans to cami tops and skirts, there's a leopard look for everyone. I've scoured my favourite Instagram feeds to find my favourite outfits to spark your style imagination this summer. Scroll down to see and shop my edit.
Style Notes: Now this is how to do a leopard-print dress in 2019. Note the long sleeves, calf-grazing length and minimal accessories.
Style Notes: Shackets are having a bit of a moment, and you can't get much better than & Other Stories' leopard-print iteration, which will look great with your summer dress now, and a roll-neck and jeans come autumn.
Style Notes: This ensemble has become a bit of a French-girl fail-safe. It's all about balancing the loud print with androgynous separates: A blazer will do the job nicely.