Leopard is arguably one of the most timeless prints. Former First Lady Jackie Kennedy pushed the trend into the spotlight after donning an Oleg Cassini leopard skin coat in the 1960s. But in today’s day-and-age, Kate Moss sporting an oversized leopard print jacket while daintily smoking a cigarette is an image that heavily resonates with the young and fashion-forward, causing a style resurrection and bringing the trend back onto the streets.
Taking note from the Spring 2017 collections (rejoice Chicagoans, spring is right around the corner!), designers like Karen Walker, Christopher Kane and Dsquared2 featured the print on fitted miniskirts and cropped boleros, making the leopard print trend a must for the new season. Local Chicago bloggers — like Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins and Jennifer Worman of Red Soles and Red Wine— drew inspiration from the runways and made the leopard print trend their own with tailored pea coats and printed bomber jackets, respectively.
With winter coming to an end — follow suit! Make transitional leopard print pieces your new staple to take you from the frigid 20 degree temperatures, to the 60 degree sunshine (fingers crossed, right Chicago?) come April. The easiest way to incorporate leopard year-round is with footwear. If your fashion forte is a neutral ensemble, add a pair of printed sneakers or booties to your outfit for a subtle way to embrace the trend.
If you typically take fashion risks, make a bold leopard print midi skirt your wardrobe must-have. The options are endless; skirts can be worn with a graphic tee tucked in, or layered with a leather jacket when the temperatures drop.
What do you think about the leopard print trend? Will you try it this season? Now that you have an abundance of style-spiration, it’s time to get shopping! But don’t stress – we’ve done the work for you. Check out our favorite leopard print picks below.
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