Friday, July 22, 2011

Ways to Wear... Leopard Print

There's nothing to add a touch of miaou to a look than a dash of leopard print.

Wear it... in matching accessories

Leopard enjoyed a long run of popularity from the 20s through to the 60s primarily as an accent, often as a collar revers with matching pillbox hat and muff or purse. As worn by (L-R) Marilyn as Lorelei in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, an advert, Dita von Teese, Carole Lombard in Twentieth Century.

Wear it... with unexpected colours

Leopard with black and red is a rockabilly classic, but don't be limited. Try pairing leopard print with Dita's forest green, Casey's pastel pink, turquoise, navy blue, teal, and create an entirely different look each time.

Wear it... for the Beach

Elizabeth Taylor, Elaine Stewart and many others rocked the leopard print swimwear. For Luna does fabulous vintage style swimsuits - one-piece and bikini - in leopard print.

Wear it... Top to toe

Not for the faint hearted, the total immersion look is a bold one. Accessorise minimally and let the print do all the talking. Photo from LIFE magazine, 1953.

Wear it... Demure

Demure leopard print may seem like an oxymoron, but with care, leopard can fit right into a ladylike look. Right: A dash of leopard print gives a bit of miaou to a demure ensemble (see also Casey's pairing of pastel pink eyelet with leopard print, above). Left: Even full-on leopard can be taken out of the vamp zone by toning down the look with an early 60s silhouette and a softer, lower-contrast print.


  1. I love leopard! And I love all the beautifull photos you selected <3

  2. Lovely images, I'm a huge fan of leopard print!

  3. I confess I have a penchant for leopard with roses - more is more! I have a fabbo cami of leopard with red and pink roses and black lace. It is more rock chick than rockabilly but it is fun :)

  4. I love leopard,, wore it in my early 20's not so sure i can pull that look now in my early 40's ha ha! but i love the Ditta Von Tease green dress and the clutch! oH my is just so gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I adore leopard!Dita in the green dress is pur-fect!

  6. Eeep! I love leopard print with an ardent passion... So far I have that belt (aw shucks... thanks so much for including me! :D I'm flattered! :), a coat my husband surprised me with (brand, spanking new faux fur coat--but it looks vintage), and a little hat that I picked up last year. I'd like to eventually add a cardigan into the mix, perhaps a muff and shoes (both flat and moderate heels). I think for me, I both love the pattern and the fact that the colors in a leopard print are really flattering to my pale complexion--it's not too overwhelming!

  7. Great post, as soon as I see leopard print it makes me happy x

  8. Yep. Top to toe rocks, but I admit I wear it any which way! :)


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