How To Wear A Leopard Print Jacket Like A Fashion Editor

Ready to feel the love for leopard? Click through for my easy tricks to pulling off the print for a look that’s more Jackie O. than Jersey Shore.

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    Once in a while I’ll flirt with zebra stripes or dabble in Dalmatian spots, but if there is one animal print that has a secure place in my heart, it’s leopard. And while I consider the pattern practically a neutral, I know others have cringe-inducing leopard memories—Scary Spice anyone?—that keep them from embracing the look. But I promise the big-cat print can be downright chic when worn the right way. 

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    PHOTO: Photo credit: Pepe Leon

    Look 1: For Day

    You may think leopard lends itself more to eveningwear, but the print can work just as well for day. Simply pair it with casual staples, like your favorite pair of jeans and a comfortable pair of flats.

    What I Wore: Raquel Allegra Linen Long Jacket ($738) in Leopard; Roots Cropped Sorority Jacket ($260); Uniqlo Linen Blend T-Shirt ($13, 811.486.4756) in Orange; Citizens of Humanity Skyler Low Rise Crop Jeans ($258) in Legacy; Nasty Gal Serpentine Ponyhair Bucket Bag ($68); Catbird Jewelry Dollhouse Locket ($168) in Gold; Club Monaco Mino Woven Leather Belt ($70) in Dark Brown; Massimo Dutti Loafers ($155, 212.371.2555) in Burgundy; Catbird Jewelry Dark & Stormy Star Ring ($122); Bittersweets NY Teensy Evil Eye Ring ($350); Sarah Chloe Lily Solid Heart Necklace ($119); Prada Teddy Aviator-Style Sunglasses ($353).

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    PHOTO: Photo credit: Pepe Leon

    Sure, anyone can mix a couple patterns, but pulling off multiple animal prints takes a bit of skill. The combination works here because the leopard coat is muted and the bucket bag’s snake print is slightly abstract.

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    PHOTO: Photo credit: Pepe Leon

    A layering trifecta (I did a lightweight coat + baseball jacket + t-shirt) adds depth to the casual look. If you don’t have a baseball jacket, try a cardigan or motorcycle vest for the middle layer.

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    PHOTO: Photo credit: Pepe Leon

    I never leave the house without a set of delicate rings—they complete every outfit. 

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    PHOTO: Photo credit: Pepe Leon

    The unique bridge on these aviators keep the classic style feeling fresh.

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    PHOTO: Photo credit: Pepe Leon

    Look 2: For Night

    Your most basic LBD will look perfectly lovely under a leopard jacket, but choosing a cocktail dress with extra embellishments is a surefire way to make sure all eyes are on you. 

    What I Wore: Raquel Allegra Linen Long Jacket ($738) in Leopard; Parker Allegra Dress ($396); Zara High Heel Ankle Boot Sandals ($80); The 2Bandits North Star Ring ($98) in Antique Silver & Black Onyx; Bing Bang Moon Chandelier Earrings ($138) in Silver; Kotur clutch (similar style available here).

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    PHOTO: Photo credit: Pepe Leon

    You can always count on Zara for a solid stiletto. I love the unexpected mix of blue and navy on this strappy version.

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    PHOTO: Photo credit: Pepe Leon

    A feather-embellished hem is an unexpected touch that makes all the difference.

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    PHOTO: Photo credit: Pepe Leon

    When it comes to earrings for a night out, follow the mantra: go big or go home.

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    Ann Taylor Animal Jacquard Coat ($225)

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    BB Dakota Hazel Coat ($90)

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    Diane Von Furstenberg Mahala Coat ($299)

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    French Connection Teddy Leopard Coat ($280)

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    Nasty Gal Wild Thing Faux Fur Coat ($98)

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Linen Long Jacket

Linen Long Jacket

Raquel Allegra, $738
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Cropped Sorority Jacket

Cropped Sorority Jacket

Roots, $260
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Skyler Low Rise Crop Jean

Skyler Low Rise Crop Jean

Citizens of Humanity, $258
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Lily Solid Heart Necklace

Lily Solid Heart Necklace

Sarah Chloe, $119
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Mino Woven Leather Belt

Mino Woven Leather Belt

Club Monaco, $70
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Dark & Stormy Star Ring

Dark & Stormy Star Ring

Catbird Jewelry, $122
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Teensy Evil Eye Ring

Teensy Evil Eye Ring

Bittersweets NY, $350
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Dollhouse Locket

Dollhouse Locket

Catbird Jewelry, $168
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Teddy Aviator-Style Sunglasses

Prada, $353
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Allegra Dress

Allegra Dress

Parker, $396
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North Star Ring

North Star Ring

The 2Bandits, $98
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High Heel Ankle Boot Sandal

High Heel Ankle Boot Sandal

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Moon Chandelier Earrings

Moon Chandelier Earrings

Bing Bang, $138
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Animal Jacquard Coat

Animal Jacquard Coat

Ann Taylor, $225
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Hazel Coat

Hazel Coat

BB Dakota, $90
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Mahala Coat

Mahala Coat

Diane Von Furstenberg, $299
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Wild Thing Leopard Trench Coat

Wild Thing Leopard Trench Coat

Forever 21, $63
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Teddy Leopard Coat

Teddy Leopard Coat

French Connection, $280
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Leopard-Print Wool Coat

Leopard-Print Wool Coat

Sea, $363
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Wild Thing Faux Fur Coat

Wild Thing Faux Fur Coat

Nasty Gal, $98
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Faux Fur Animal Print Coat

Faux Fur Animal Print Coat

Topshop, $178
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