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Oct 14, 2010
04:37 PMWindow Shopping
I'm Loving … Anything Leopard
About two and a half years ago I stopped into Boston Store and headed into the clearance shoe section. I emerged with a pair of Nine West pony hair pointy-toe leopard pumps. They had a four-inch heel. At the time (yes, I’ve evolved into, er, even higher heels…) that was the tallest heel I owned. I wondered if I could wear them to the office. They were just a pointy-toe pump, right? But the leopard print, paired with such a high heel made them a little saucy. Of course my urge to wear them won over my reasonable side and I wear them to work all of the time.
People really like my leopard shoes, and I find that amazingly, leopard goes with a lot. Leopard is lot more versatile then women think; it spruces up an all-black outfit, a white shirt with jeans or really, any outfit that needs to be kicked up a notch. I even wear my leopard shoes with a solid pant or skirt paired with a printed top from time to time. This all of course depends on your comfort level with mixing prints. I think that stripes and leopard are an impeccably chic combination; my next outfit challenge is to pair up my dark denim skinnies with a striped top and blazer and accent the look with a leopard print scarf. Sadly I had been eyeing up a stylish linen leopard-print scarf at H&M but acted too slowly and it sold out. So, I'm on the hunt to find another one.
-There are a lot of whimsical iterations of leopard this season; some patterns are more abstract (like the Monrow T-shirt, left) and leopard is also showing up in different colors too!
-Be wary of neon leopard; it can look too ’80s and the last thing you want to do is look costume-y.
-In order for leopard to look classic, you’ve got to pair it with the correct outfit; leopard leggings with a leather blazer and moto boots will usually look too tough, too young, or again, too ’80s. A leopard dress with a simple black heel, a leopard belt worn with a work outfit or leopard skirt paired with a cardigan set are just right.
-This probably goes without saying, but it’s best to have just one leopard accent piece per outfit.
-Don’t be afraid to mix patterns with leopard! I do find that leopard is trickier to mix then florals or polka dots—but it can be done. Try it with stripes (like I mention above) or a quieter print. Or if you want to test the waters with print-mixing, wear a leopard shoe with a solid pant and printed top like me—the solid pant adds some separation between the two prints so it’s a safer (but still fun!) option for work. A surefire look anyone can pull off is the leopard cocktail dress at left, or donning a pair of leopard pumps with a black or solid-colored cocktail dress like the Candie's pair above (that I also bought!).
Shoes above: Tory Burch "Halima" leopard booties, $475, shopbop.com
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