A Beginner’s Guide To Wearing Leopard Print

When it comes to leopard print, you prefer a purr to a roar. And we’re the first to agree that a little of this bold look can go a long way. With the help of leopard-print pros, Alexa Chung and Langley Fox Hemingway, we’ve devised seven simple and subtle ways to add just a smattering of spots into your wardrobe rotation.

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  • With the guidance of these seven great looks, we promise you will be comfortable with the spot on print in no time, click through this slideshow for some incredible leopard inspiration.

  • Alexa Chung
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    Alexa Chung

    The always chic, Alexa Chung elevates her black and gray outfit with an oversized leopard tote, essentially, the easiest way to spice up an otherwise basic look.

  • Langley Fox Hemingway
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    Langley Fox Hemingway

    For an edgier look, take a note or two from Langley Fox Hemingway and 1) always double up on the leather and 2) top off your tough-girl look with a Van’s leopard-print hat. We promise this subtle printed addition to your outfit will turn heads.


  • Adele Exarchopoulos
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    Adele Exarchopoulos

    For this French actress, it’s all about the shoes. Ms. Exarchopoulos adds a pop of the print with her leopard lace-up loafers, who wouldn’t want to recreate this beauty’s perfect look?

  • Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific
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    Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific

    One way to ease yourself into wearing the print is to simply throw on a lightweight leopard scarf, here Eadie incorporated a touch of leopard with a Banana Republic scarf (similar style here) paired with 3.1 Phillip Lim Motorcycle Jacket ($950) and a Loeffler Randall clutch for a very put together daytime look.

  • Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor
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    Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor

    There’s no better way to experiment with the daring print, than to double up on the leopard print accessories. Here Lim paired Loft’s Marisa Plaid Ankle Pants ($75) with an adorable Rafe clutch (similar style here) and strappy Charlie by Matthew Zink heels.

  • Andy Torres of Style Scrapbook
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    Andy Torres of Style Scrapbook

    Since we are suckers for a Zara Lingerie Style Dress ($50) and chunky knit, there’s no denying that Andy Torres of Style Scrapbook’s gray-on-gray look is anything but amazing. Torres managed to create a little sass with her Rebecca Minkoff leopard clutch while staying true to her minimalist-inspired style. 

  • Irina Lakicevic of A Portable Package
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    Irina Lakicevic of A Portable Package

    Thanks to Irina Lakicevic of A Portable Package, we found a way to combine three bold pieces: a leather moto jacket, a bright red bag and a wardrobe-staple leopard sweater. Lakicevic wore a BLK DNM leather jacket and Stella McCartney Contrast Side Sweater ($520) for a perfect day-in-the-city look, oh and let’s not forget her Saint Laurent Betty Bag ($1,890) and Paris Pumps ($625) that instantly glam up her outfit.

  • Kule

    Envelope Clutch ($450) in Leopard Calf Hair

  • Marc by Marc Jacobs

    Lenora Leopard Print Scarf ($240)

  • Nine West

    Martina Heels ($89) in Natural Multi

  • Schutz

    Amisha Sneakers ($158) in Leopard

  • Theory

    Lucy Belt ($105) in Carroll Leather

  • Joie

    Annora Sweater ($108) in Tan


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