Leopard Prints--The Smart Girls' Guide to a Classic

Leopard Prints--The Smart Girls' Guide to a Classic

Back in the day, it was hotties such as Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, or Bridgette Bardot who had the right stuff, so to speak, to pull off leopard.

Now animal prints are the new, smart girl’s neutrals and what’s really dominating fall displays are leopard spots from top to bottom. Let’s check out a few I’ve been eyeing:

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I think I had a leopard coat when I was a little kid that looked like the hide of a stuffed animal. This one’s all sophistication. (Love that high/low mix of the fringed hem of those jeans with heels too)

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Here’s a very chic addition to your tired t-shirt collection (going in my shopping cart…)

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Check out this classically tailored midi dress—so ladylike with a kick.

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Who isn’t tired of seeing affordable, stylish pieces like this asymmetrical skirt from Who What Wear?

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I think I’d actually run with the speed of a cat in these joggers…

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It’s finally sweater weather here in California, so the leopard version of J. Crew’s Tippi sweater will do just fine.

And for those of you who like a pop of roar, I present four options for your tootsies…

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(Image top: Iconic style by the inimitable Rudi Gernreich via.)

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