They say a leopard can't change its spots, but why would it want to when they look this good? Striking the balance between bad-girl cool and straight-up glamour, leopard-print coats have been caught prowling back into the sartorial limelight over and over again. And you can see why: a perfectly tailored coat cast in the big cat print is both bold and holds timeless appeal. Giving the pattern spectrum much needed edge after a summer of saccharine florals in wispy textiles, it's time to earn your style stripes (or spots, in this case) with something dripping in a little bit of rock 'n' roll attitude. Think Kate Moss in the 90s. And 00's. And right now, in fact. For AW16, feline flourishes were found on the catwalks (pun intended) at Givenchy, Dries Van Noten and Stella McCartney. But how do you make it work for the everyday? Alas, I'm no supermodel with rock star boyfriends, so here's three easy ways to wear leopard print to sink your claws into that say Blondie, rather than Bet Lynch, is your spirit animal.
Riffing on the retro wave, this look has day-to-night style covered. Smart-casual for many work dress codes, it'll look just as good after dark for some post-work cocktails. A reclaimed vintage skirt, simple but chic blouse, and could-be-runway bag, these pieces take leopard print down a feminine direction. Plus, this frill-trimmed New Look blouse ticks another one of AW16's major trends (read: ruffles on everything) Super volume waves and a smokey feline flick will seal the deal.
I challenge you tell one thing that is sassier than leopard print and over the knee boots put together. Let's get real: on paper, it sounds like an eye-brow raising duo only frequented on the body of strippers. But in practice, it can certainly look much cooler. A little sixties, with a swinging, thigh-grazing LBD. Shouldn't work, but somehow does - very well, too.
I'm wearing Topshop Coat, but here's the best of the rest leopard-print coats!
Photography by Rebecca Spencer