Leopard print has been around as long as I can remember and there is a reason why. It’s simply a timeless print. However, there has been major debate revolving around whether leopard prints are ultra sexy or just plain tacky. As a person who believes in subtlety and classic pieces, I think there has to be a right amount of leopard print to pull the look off, as in, not being decked out from top to bottom. Accessories can pull together a simple outfit perfectly, such as a clutch or stilettos. But since we’re talking about clothes here, I think the word “subtlety” still applies. If done right, leopard can make a woman look like a sexual goddess. However, I feel if there is one has too much leopard print going on, then you’ll just end up looking like something straight from the zoo. Provided below are a few examples of good amounts of leopard...and too much leopard.
GOOD AMOUNT OF LEOPARD:
Gwen Stefani is one of my favorite fashion idols because of her rebellious, punkish flair mixed with femininity and class. In this picture, she is seen rockin’ a pair of high-waist grey and black leopard shorts, paired with a long-sleeve v-neck sweater, white collared shirt, skinny black tie, black sheer stockings and black-pointed platforms. To play up her outfit, she accessorizes her outfit with a little bit of rock-n-roll glamour – studded bracelets and her gold gilded black belt. Her sleek pompadour also pulls together this whole look, creating a fantastic combination of rock-n-roll glamour meets sophisticated and elegant office-lady.
Here is another example of a good amount of leopard print – a leopard-printed silk blouse paired with a black pleated skirt, black purse, tortoise-shell sunglasses and a few gold accessories. In addition, I’ve noticed that hairstyles play an important part when it comes to leopard prints. For example, a sleek or a messy up-do versus long-flowing locks can pull together an outfit or make it fall apart. This look here is timeless.
BAD AMOUNT OF LEOPARD:
Okay, these are examples of TOO much amounts of leopard print. Sure, you can wear a leopard printed dress. There are no written rules saying that you can’t. Think tight fitted, leopard bustier dress. Now, that whole idea screams sexy. However, these looks don’t exactly scream that. Red and leopard print is sexy but Rihanna’s dress just looks way overdone. On the other hand, although Beyonce is sporting a beach-look, her outfit just makes her look outright tacky and some sort of Amazon. I think part of it has to do with her randomly placed peptol-bismol-colored necklace. Lastly, Miley Cyrus’ ill-fitted and faded-looking leopard print designed dress makes her appear washed out.
The conclusion here is that depending on the amount of leopard print, the outfit will allow you to ooze with sexiness or make you look like a downright hot mess. I hope these examples that I have provided help you figure out how to put together the sexually playful kitten look without looking too done up or looking like the exact opposite.