I have never been a super fan of most animal prints on clothing before. I would much rather wear florals, stripes, or solids if I am honest. When I went to Lane Bryant this September to try on a few items, I saw this adorable blazer. I decided that I wanted to see if I could style it and learn to love leopard print.
If you have any suggestions on styling leopard print, I would love to learn all your best secrets in the comments below!
Note: Lane Bryant provided the blazer in this post for me to style, all opinions in this article are my own!
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My Style File: Leopard Print Chic
So, before I break down some of my best style tips for rocking leopard print, I wanted to walk you through my look.
I kept my look super simple. I went with a plain, black spaghetti strap tank top and the Bryant Blazer in Smart Stretch Leopard on top. I'm wearing a size 18 in this blazer for reference. The blazer comes in sizes 12-28 in regular and petite sizes. I paired that with a pair of dark wash jeans and my Bowla Oxford Flats in Nude from JustFab on the bottom.
For my makeup, I went with the super simple approach. I am wearing Flawless Finish Foundation from ELF Cosmetics along with their Velvet Matte Lipstick in Berry Bordeaux. To top it off, I used a bit of their Power Glow Liquid Highlighter on my cheeks.
Here are some leopard print styling tips:
1. Find Your Leopard Focal Piece
First, to style leopard print, you need to find your focal piece. What do you want to build your outfit around? Many sites like Lane Bryant have a considerable leopard print collection that you can use for inspiration. Once you found your piece, you can think about how you might add to it so that you can make it better.
2. Keep The Rest Of Your Outfit Neutral
For this outfit, I went with the neutral route when I choose a leopard look. I didn't want to go too crazy anywhere else. I kept everything neutral, even my shoes. Now, you may choose to do something else if you like leopard print more than me. This was my first time experimenting with this pattern, so keeping things neutral was a must for me!
3. Go All In
I don't know if I am quite ready yet to rock the all over leopard look. The Lane Bryant model paired my blazer with their Allie Smart Stretch Skinny Pants in Leopard and she looks fantastic! Will I ever have the confidence to rock a leopard blazer and pants? I am not sure, but I think it's a great look if you can find matching sets. The blazer I am wearing perfectly matches those pants, so if that's something you are interested in, go for it.
4. Add Pops Of Color
If neutral isn't your thing and you don't like heading full steam into leopard everywhere, try styling your leopard with pops of color. When I tried this blazer on in the dressing room, I happened to be trying on this other shirt from Lane Bryant. I ended up purchasing and styling here in a post about choker tops, by the way. By adding a few pops of color, you can add a fun touch to your leopard print outfit. You may want to stick with colors like pink, purple, red, etc.
5. Confidence Is Key
You need to be confident when you are styling leopard print. Leopard items should make you feel and look great. If you aren't feeling so confident when wearing leopard, ask yourself why. Is it the fit? The pattern? Your own body issues? Leopard and other animal prints aren't there to make you feel that way. You can look cute wearing leopard print, no matter your size! So, chin up, and keep rocking your look.
Conclusion: Are You Ready To Style Leopard Print?
I am so excited about all the cute looks you will make with your cute new leopard items. This is new territory for me. I can't wait to style this blazer more this season and maybe even pick up more Bryant Blazers in the future. These blazers are so cute and the fit is everything!
I am all about getting out of your fashion comfort zone. So, if there is something you've been putting off trying, go for it. You may end up trying something you didn't know you would love until you try it. I still need to play around with other leopard items, but I feel much more confident picking them out now.
PS: I hope you like this new post style. I will still be producing more long-form content, but I like these short and sweet blogs as well!