The #1 Item You Should Never Purge From Your Closet

Cleaning out your closet can often drag you into a very personal, very dark place. Sifting through college T-shirts, dresses you wore with significant others you're no longer seeing, and shoes you splurged on that are still sitting in the box can bring up a lot of unwanted feelings and ultimately lead to you not thinking clearly. (Don't lie—we've all been there.) In order to ensure you don't end up throwing away everything in site due to your dramatized emotions, we're here to give you one very stylish rule to live by: Never throw away leopard print.

History has proven that leopard print has withstood the test of time. Can you think of a season where leopard was considered "out"? We can't either, and that's because as far as prints and patterns are concerned, leopard is basically on equal playing field with the stripes and plaids of the world. Toss it, and beware of serious outfit envy as fashion girls prove season after season that the easiest way to make an outfit pop is by way of this wild print—whether it's a bag, dress, or faux-fur coat. The best advice we can give you today when it comes to purging your closet is to hold on to your leopard for dear life. Your future outfits depend on it.

Go on to see how the street style set wears it and to shop our favorite leopard-print pieces.

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Leopard-print handbags add the perfect pop.

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Have some zebra print hidden in your closet? We recommend you hang on to those as well. As you can see, trousers like this can always be made modern. 

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File this leopard-print duo under "things we don't hate." 

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Test out some contrasting patterns by using leopard print as your base or as the accent. 

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Noting this as a cool-girl look to try. 

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Simple, chic, and extremely easy to wear. 

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And yes, this wild print can even be dressed up to perfection. 

Bundle up in this furry jacket. 

You'll wear these all season long with everything from black to denim to neutrals and back again. 

The cool-girl way to wear a collar. 

Who knew a pencil skirt could look so good? 

Yes, this look is everything our fall-obsessed hearts have been searching for. 

There's no way you'll go unnoticed in this dress. 

The easiest way to add some pizzazz to your look. 

Throw this on over any coat for the appearance of a faux-fur collar.