Style Inspiration: Proof Leopard is a Neutral

In the lead up to autumn/winter, I’m thinking about leopard boots and how to style them with other prints.

While stripes will always be my first love and spots are a close second, I also have a thing for leopard print. Mind you, I don’t wear leopard print in an item of clothing (I just feel so conspicuous!), but I love it on shoes or as an accessory. Just a touch of leopard will do.

It’s tempting to pair leopard print with neutrals like black, white and taupe, but why not with another print? I’ve always thought the classic leopard print (ie not in funky non-leopard-the-animal colours) goes well with pretty much everything, and looks great paired with other prints. Mixed prints you say in horror? In fact, I would hazard to say leopard works well as a neutral print and would go with pretty much anything! Cases in point:

Checks and Plaid

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Yes, it’s paired with the neutral coloured skirt and trench coat, but I love the pop of colour from the green plaid underneath the coat. I think the key is to have a colour in the check/plaid that ties in with the leopard print – here it’s black – so the two prints don’t clash but complement each other nicely.


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Seriously, stripes are a wonder print. Can stripes do any wrong? Well, maybe prison stripes, but anyway. This is one of my favourite ways to mix prints, and again the key is to make sure that you have a colour in the stripe that is in the leopard print. Add a neutral third element and mixing prints is a breeze!

Floral print

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I have to admit, I would never have thought to pair floral and leopard, but it does work beautifully together. Something a little feminine, something a little fierce. I think smaller floral prints probably work best, although if the florals were larger but with more “neutral” space between them that would look fab too. I also love the jewel tones of this outfit – perfect for our upcoming autumn.

Graphic tee or sweaters

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Let the tee and shoes do the talking in this outfit. It might be a little predictable to pair a cat themed top with leopard boots, but I like it. It also makes for a nice change to the usual graphic tee and sneakers combo I usually wear.

Texture and Colour

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So the outfit above technically doesn’t feature any print – but how interesting are all those textures and colours together? As I mentioned above, it’s easy to pair leopard print with a neutral toned outfit, but the colours in classic leopard print work so well with those other than neutrals. Textures like ruching and chunky knits above are perfect for autumn and winter, and put together make a statement outfit without loud colours or prints.

Love leopard ankle boots too? I recently bought a pair from The Iconic which I can’t wait to wear once my feet have calmed down a bit (good old pregnancy swelling), and here are some others that I love!

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2 thoughts on “Style Inspiration: Proof Leopard is a Neutral

  1. I’ve love a pair of leopard print boots! I love my leopard print scarves in winter but I don’t have any printed shoes at all, definite wardrobe gap! I enjoyed this outfit inspiration 🙂

    1. Get some Mica! They’re surprisingly so versatile. I am itching to wear mine once my feet get back to normal!

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