Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Leopard Print–This Season’s Timeless, Sexy Shoes and Bags

As someone who’s always loved a bit of leopard print, not too much at once, I always think that spring, not winter, is the right time of year to highlight a simple, modern wardrobe with a pair of shoes or piece of arm candy that is both timeless, sexy and contemporary.
Charlotte Olympia Leopard Print Platform PumpDune Leopard Clutch Shoulder BagGianvinto Rossi Leopard Print SandalMiu Miu Calf Hair Leopard Print Tote
However much you want to you can’t tone down the sexiness of leopard print, it’s not about the trend which goes on and on, but about the opportunity to wear something that just has that je ne sais quoi that says ‘look at me’.  Always eye catching, leopard takes the biscuit when it comes to adding appeal, far more, I think, than zebra and python prints.  The first never lasts for very long (because leopard flatters everyone) and the second because, frankly, so many don’t like the print for its connotations.
Juicy Couture Leopard Print Shoulder BagSomerset by Alice Temperley Leopard Print ShoesKipling Leopard Print ToteLeopard Print Clog Sandal
I have, on occasion, ventured into a leopard print dress and these work sometimes but you have to be careful not to overdo it, and leopard print swimwear many times looks overdone.  Scarves?  Yes of course, any time, and from Oasis to Louis Vuitton they’re everywhere.  Lingerie?  Now that’s another matter entirely.  Don’t get me on that one…..
Tamara Mellon Leopard Print PumpsKate Spade Cross Body Leopard Print BagDune Leopard Print Ankle Strap SandalJerome Dreyfuss Leopard Print Pouch
So back to bags and shoes.  If you’re going to pick up on piece of mint new leopard print to take you from spring to summer – and onwards – make it a modern bag or pair of shoes, preferably heels.  One piece at a time.

Antonio Melani Leopard Print Slingback WedgesThese are the pair I picked up a couple of days ago here in Dallas – I love them because they’re high, work as casual and dressed up, didn’t break the bank and with a naughty gold trimmed bow at the front – enough said.  And you can order them online from Dillards if you want to.