It's not what you wear, it's how you style it. The key to wearing it well isn't down to the pieces, but the attitude behind them.
Print is king for AW16 and whilst there is alot of talk about zebra prints and cowhide spots, our much-loved leopard print never goes out of style. There's something deliciously devilish about leopard print. Bypass the jokes about Bet Lynch and Pat Butcher and you've got the perfect statement print. It defies trends and crazes, sitting perfectly in your forever wardrobe like a faithful friend.
Loved by Kate Moss, Alexa Chung and Jacqueline Kennedy it works in any season and can be dressed up or down - whatever your age. To reinforce Kate's love for Leopard print, she has just designed a capsule collection for brand Equipment and of course there is alot of Leopard print involved.
I think it's time we started celebrating the timeless fabulousness of this faithful friend. With this in mind, here are my styling notes when wearing the lovely leopard print...
1. Put your best foot forward
Animal print shoes are an easy way to wear the print without investing too much money or coverage on your body. Printed trainers or boots are a fun way to inject day looks with some style and character. Add some pointy pumps to your evening wear and it will give any unexpected kick to any black dress or skinny jeans and top combo.
2. A coat is a classic trophy item
Throwing on a leopard print coat is short cut to looking elegant but not too prim. Edgy but not too thought-out. I love my leopard print fut coat and every year wear it in the evening, to the pub of even over long black dresses. It looks great paired with black, but don't shy away from other colours as leopard print and yellow make a lovely combination too.
3. Accessories are key
This season I am obsessed with finding the perfect leopard print bag. Forget the fact that I already own a clutch bag in leopard print, a shopper in leopard print and come to think about it maybe a couple more sitting in their dustbags too...I would love a cross over body bag. It will go with all my coats and it become my new best friend.
4. Don't skirt around the issue
Still bang on trend for this AW16 and not going away is the skirt. Paired simply with a black top, denim shirt or sweater and biker jacket you can update your look with one simple printed piece.
2. Mini Rider bag in calf hair, JCrew £198.00
3. Finely pleated leopard print skirt, Zara £29.99
4. Belmont Leopard print Chelsea Boots, Whistles £225.00
5. Slip on Leopard print trainer, Boden £69.50