15th January 2021
Love Leopard print? So do we!
Leopard print has been a staple in the fashion world for decades, so it doesn’t feel right calling it a trend. From signalling wealth and sophistication in the early 20th century to turning trashy and being worn by rock stars in the 70s, leopard print has made its way into just about everyone’s wardrobe.
Leopard print became increasingly popular throughout the 1950s until Dior skyrocketed the trend in their 1960 collection, making the print a necessity in your wardrobe. Leopard print began appearing on accessories, outerwear and dresses, but now you can find just about anything you wish for in this staple print!
Keep reading to find out how leopard print in fashion has evolved throughout time and our favourite pieces to style the print.
Leopard print in outerwear
Leopard print outerwear was a signal of higher class and wealth in the early and mid 20th century, seen being worn by Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Gloria Swanson.
Having a statement coat is potentially the most important item in your Winter wardrobe! Leopard print coats are definitely a statement and are just as much of a wardrobe staple now as they were in the 60s. Check out Dior’s 1960 collection of leopard print coats – undeniably iconic.
Our Holly cape is perfect for incorporating a hint of leopard print without going all-out with a fur coat (faux of course!). Beautifully inspired by 1950s style, this cape completes your vintage-style outfit while keeping you warm in the cold weather. Not only this, but it is made from deadstock cotton meaning you’re supporting sustainable fashion while rocking the iconic leopard print trend!
Leopard print tops
As women’s fashion evolved to become more liberal and less constricting, leopard print obviously made its way onto all sorts of styles of top.
We have a mix of vintage styles and leopard print to create a range of leopard print tops so that there’s something for all of you! Our Jess shirt comes in the classic black and tan leopard print; comfy but smart, it makes the perfect top for that afternoon zoom call! We then have the Aurora top, perfect for the cooler months with a super flattering Bardot neckline and ruched bust. If you’re looking to mix full-on comfort with a stylish print, our Cher t-shirt is perfect. Pair with one of our high-rise jeans and you’ve got the perfect 90s inspired look. Last but most definitely not least, spice up the classic leopard print colourway with our blue leopard Jill blouse!
Leopard print bottoms
Going for a leopard print top is one way to glam up your outfit. However, styling some leopard print trousers or a skirt is a real head-turner.
Check out these 70s statement wide-leg leopard print trousers.
Our Gwen skirt in leopard print is perfect for any season and can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
GwenProduct on sale
Leopard print swimwear
The Animal-Print Bathing Suit was already popular in the 50′. Actress Jayne Mansfield posed in a risqué, stretchy leopard-spotted bikini in the 1950s. There are also pictures of the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor with short hair in a leopard print swimsuit. Many of today’s designers are re-creating the high-cut, neon and animal-prints bathing suits that made fifties swimwear so popular. Jungle spots were spotted on the runways of Tom Ford, Michael Kors, and Area for Fall 2018.
Do you like leopard prints? What’s your favourite piece of clothing in leopard print? If you liked this blog post you would love our article about Spiderweb patterns in fashion
How do I wear leopard print?
Leopard print is such a statement it often doesn’t need much else to compete with it. This makes it perfect for outwear like coats or one-off outfits like swimwear. Try adding a leopard print top to your options to build your confidence with this print. Skirts are another way to ease yourself in before you step out in leopard print pants or trousers!
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