I know that if I have one more post on the topic of leopard print it will be the epitome of redundancy, but I was recently inspired by a comment on my first post on this blog that challenged the institution of leopard print. In all honesty, I am in no way devoted or dedicated to any animal print, (although I suppose it would be a lie to say that I am not slightly partial to giraffe print) but I think that this is an interesting topic to explore because of its strange place in fashion past and present. The following pictures will not be presented in a their way versus my way style, instead, I would like to make a commentary on each of the ways that they used the different articles and why it works.
As I’m sure you can see, this girls leopard-print item is the scarf she is wearing. She has paired it with a single-button, vertically striped jacket. In theory, this sounds hectic, but in practice, it is graceful and fun. Pattern mixing is a dangerous move, and should be considered carefully. What she did right: The two patterns used are a clustered, neutral-colored pattern and a tailored, straight line pattern, also in neutral colors. I have mentioned the term neutral-colored twice when describing this style to emphasize the point that it is important to keep it minimal when mixing. Another quality that both patterns possess is that they are evenly distributed units within them (stripes are same distance from each other, so are leopard spots).
I should also mention that she is the perfect candidate for this combination. She is slim-figured, soft-faced and has pretty, neat hair. It makes her style less aggressive.
The leopard-print coat. Like an purse, a coat is a less demanding article of clothing because it does not require that you stay with it for the entire duration of the outfit. It may be donned and removed at will. A coat is different from a purse or an accessory in that it can conceal a large part of an outfit when fastened, and therefore does not need to be careful not to overwhelm an outfit. What she did right: I can’t stress it enough, black and white are leopard print’s best friend. Other than that, the only thing I can say about this outfit is that she used minimal accessories and did the right thing going with a vintage look with the red lip and the beret.
Here’s a combo that’s a little more daring: leopard boots with a pink jumpsuit! Oh my, we’re breaking all the rules now, aren’t we? But, before you get all giddy about being out here on the wild side, lets look at the break down, shall we? What she did right: This particular print is very yellow, matching well with her gold jewelry and the chain of her purse. AND she matched the shine of her belt to the shine of her bag, so by doing this, she’s made the leopard print a neutral color and made the faded pink her bright color. Pretty genius actually.
And last but not least…
Some of you might recognize Rumi from Fashion Toast who posted this outfit two days ago. This look is the most casual of the four, but nonetheless still classy. It is not entirely remarkable, but what she did right is that she didn’t overdo it. She kept it casual with a long-sleeved shirt and a slouchy purse, but steered clear od grunge with a pair of strappy black attitude shoes.
That’s all for this time. Sayonara.