Why Leopard Print Should Be Your New Neutral

Kristen Bateman
Why Leopard Print Should Be Your New Neutral
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There’s something kind of magical about leopard print—whether it’s worn in the form of a statement jacket or simply as an accessory to pump things up, it easily makes any outfit have more flair. Sure, it’s a bold pattern, but when worn with an all-black ensemble or as a mini bag with a monochromatic look, it’s very wearable. The key to pulling it off? Balance. Pairing a luxe faux fur with a pair of simple skinny jeans and turtleneck or a super-sized leopard tote with a monochromatic dress makes the trend approachable.

Aside from that, this print has history. It’s always been a staple of glam early-Hollywood starlets like Ava Gardner, Jayne Mansfield, and later, Barbra Streisand. British style star of the ’80s and top novelist Jackie Collins once proclaimed, “My weakness is wearing too much leopard print,” and Khloe Kardashian has also verified her obsession with the pattern, admitting that her teenage bedroom was covered in it. In our books, it’s a timeless neutral for all ages. Click through to see 21 cool ways to wear it.

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