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I'm Loving … Anything Leopard

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 mCandie's "Arty Dress" heels, $54.99, Kohl's y reasonable side and I wear them to work all of the time.

People really like my Monrow leopard crew neck, $88, Atticusleopard 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.

Remember:

-There are a lot of whimsical iterations of leopard this season; some patteLeopard cardigan, $59.50, Gaprns 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 sayiOne of my favorite leopard looks, pulled from Madison Magazine's fal fashion shoot: a sexy cocktail dress by David Meisterng, 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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As Madison Magazine's style editor, Shayna Mace writes the monthly "Window Shopping" column about Madison's coolest store owners, products and shops. She also reports on Madison's most stylish people, chic items she loves, store events and sales, and additional dish in her weekly blog. Her favorite places to check out around town are local boutiques, consignment and vintage shops for one-of-a-kind treasures, new restaurants and bars, and anywhere that affords her the opportunity to meet and talk to Madison's most inspirational (and many times, fashionable!) people.

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