Leopard is one of those trends that has survived for so long that we have all seen it in both sophisticated and tacky forms. I see pictures of my grandmother rocking her leopard cardigan and pearl earrings and it makes me want to wear leopard with class-- bringing it back in a feminine, old fashioned way, as opposed to the naughty girl connotation it often carries today. Thanks to some obnoxiously loud people who wear leopard like it’s the color black, I feel it is necessary to take a step back when it comes to leopard.
Arden B. Leopard Halter
Available at: ardenb.com
I wanted find some leopard items that aren’t as trendy, but are truly timeless pieces that can be worn year after year without hesitation. I strongly believe that little touch of leopard goes a long way, and sometimes wearing a whole leopard outfit can be overkill. Ok, not only can it be overkill, but it can look trashy and sleazy. There are a few subtle leopard pieces that I found that should help most ladies continue to be interested in this everlasting trend.
My first leopard item is a High Neck Leopard Halter from Arden B. I like this top because it’s white leopard, which makes it less loud than some leopard items. I like the ruffles and the high mock neck, keeping it classy, covered up, and appropriate for all occasions. This top is versatile enough that it will go with most things and the tiered mesh ruffles give it a sexy look without looking sleazy.
Leopard Print Cashmere Scarf
Available at: nordstrom.com
The Nordstrom Bold Leopard Print Cashmere Scarf is perfect for ladies who believe in leopard in small doses. Plus, it’s perfect for the winter season-- keeping you warm and looking fashionable at the same time! I love the long trimmed fringe at the bottom of the scarf and bold, vibrant leopard pattern. The fact that it’s a useful as well as being adorable makes this a great purchase.
This Bebe Leopard Trim Wool Coat is sexy and classy at the same time. I adore jackets, and the leopard trim around the collar makes this jacket extra sassy. Not only does it have leopard trim, but the double breasted buttons make this jacket a must have. I love the glamour this jacket portrays and the leopard trim is thick, without overwhelming the sophisticated look of the jacket. The slit in front of the jacket gives off a settle sexy vibe, without looking desperate.
Leopard Trim Wool Coat
Available at: bebe.com
With so many leopard options out there, remember that it is a fun, trendy pattern and that it can look bad if worn with too many accessories. My three recommendations keep leopard alive. The key, as in most things, is to keep it simple, and know that less is really more.
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.