I rather like a good animal print.
I actually think leopard print should be a wardrobe staple. Provided it’s not in legging form, of course:
There is no excuse, ever, for animal print leggings. None.
Too many cases of (leopard print) tights are not pants should not condemn an otherwise versatile family of prints though.
For example, I have a pair of leopard print ballet flats (which I really must replace because, technically, the soles are cracked in two and have no grip whatsoever), which are extremely versatile. Wear the simplest black dress, or jeans and a t-shirt, and add leopard print flats and you don’t need anything else.
I also have a double-sided black and grey scarf/wrap thingy that has zebra stripes on one side and leopard spots on the other, but in muted tones. Again, goes with virtually anything. Kept me warm in my sub-zero office all winter.
I have a leopard print blouse a bought from Zara a few years ago that is great with jeans. Again, suddenly it looks like I’m making outfit effort when really I am making none at all.
And I have this Camilla and Marc dress, which I resisted buying until it went on sale in a big feat of will power given I liked in immediately I saw it.
That, however, is enough.
I was wandering through Zara the other day just to see if there was anything I might want that was on sale, even though I had already banned myself from buying anything else because I went a little crazy in the sales over the previous few days. As I was wandering I ventured into the ‘new season’ section, just to see what was coming, and was a little surprised to see that it was once again filled with animal prints. For example:
As much as I like them, in the right circumstances, haven’t we done animal prints several seasons in a row now? Isn’t it time to give the poor nylon leopards a rest?
I’m not buying anymore though. No matter how tempting. No matter how filled the stores are.
None of us want to risk becoming addicted. Which has been known to happen…