Sometime around ten years ago, I bought a leopard coat from Zara that I still own and wear today. If my memory serves me right, the coat was the first leopard piece I ever owned and it’s one of those pieces that’s become a winter staple year after year. The reason it works so well in my wardrobe is that it balances out all of the neutrals I wear. For the most part, I stick to shades like black and tan and white, with the occasional addition of pink or denim blue. So, mixing in a leopard print gives my outfits some added personality.
The trend, though, can be divisive. The pattern sometimes falls into the category of “tacky” and my own sister cringes every time I throw on that leopard jacket. I’ve never understood the resistance to an animal print myself and have been wearing it for ten years straight. To my delight, leopard (and other animal prints like tiger and zebra) are one of the biggest trends for fall. So now, I’m embracing it to the fullest extent. Ahead, see how I’ve been wearing my leopard clothes, and shop pieces to try it for yourself.