Hot Trend: Leopard Print

My new leopard clogs have arrived just in time (they're still on sale at Hanna Andersson for $30, FYI)- The leopard look is hot among fashionistas here in Nashville and around the world, it carried over to the runways of Spring 2010 in the form of shoes and accessories, and I'm a big fan of this trend.

However, there's a right way to wear the look and a wrong way. At The Monkey's Treehouse, where all the local well-to-do mommies take their kids to play, I spotted a woman in leopard clogs and a leopard print vest. No, no no no no no nooooo. I have to insist that you wear no more than one leopard print item at a time- and keep the rest of your outfit very, very simple.

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Good example: Alexa Chung.

 

I'm not a big fan of the booties, but her coat is to die for. The solid gray dress lets her coat take center stage.

 

Even better is Nicky Hilton's leopard ensemble (source). I've used this photo before- I think this entire outfit is sheer perfection. You can't go wrong pairing your leopard print with all black.

 

If you're looking for a leopard coat to call your own, my favorite option is a vintage leopard coat, which will never go out of style. I had a fabulous one I found in college which I completely wore out before putting it out to pasture. Etsy has some nice options at good (and not so good!) prices, including this one for $75.00 $125.00 (apparently, someone realized what she had and raised the price).

 

I love this faux-fur Lucky Brand car coat, but it's a bit pricey at $199.

 

A more affordable option is this fabulous faux-fur swing coat from Newport News, which totally has a fantastic vintage feel. At $99, it's tempting me!

 

 


And finally, if you're low on cash, check out this trench coat from Forever 21, on final sale at $15.99. Now that's a bargain!

 

If you're not brave enough to go with a coat, I'm seeing leopard print ballet flats and clogs on stylish women about town. Choose a leopard print accessory like a scarf or belt and pair it with solids and you can't go wrong. I think any leopard print accessory or vintage (or vintage-looking) coat is an investment piece- It never really goes out of style.

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