What's the first thing that comes into your mind? Maybe a dress, or a bag. Or even a coat? Right now, I'm picturing a coat, but this image is only a result of the upcoming trend - if you had mentioned leopard print to me this summer I would have pictured some eccentric - and kinda tacky- 80's style fabric.
Of course, the word tacky doesn't apply in 2010 - this f/w leopard print is sophisticated, elegant and quirky at the same time. It's once again another style that can me perfectly miss-matched with any of the upcoming looks; whether its a leopard bag with a vintage dress, or a faded leopard print with some pale chinos.
However, this new look is something that should be done in small doses only - never more that two items should be leopard at the same time (unless it's on the catwalk of course). Keep it simple with one leopard item that stands out in a reserved outfit - plain black velvet dress? Pair it with some leopard heels.
Leopard is big on coats right now too - especially fur coats (fake, of course, none of this real stuff), but make sure it isn't paired with a loud outfit- remember, less is more. If you're brave enough, mixing leopard with other prints can be really effective too - but make sure you don't end up looking like a Halloween outfit!
Personally, I'd never been that keen on leopard print, especially on fur coats, but this new elegant approach is a great twist on an old classic; this years print is much more Audrey Hepburn than Scary Spice. Divvinnee.
(no copyright intended, I do not own these images)