They say a leopard can’t change its spots, but why would it want to when they look this good? Striking the balance between bad-girl cool and straight-up glamour, leopard-print coats have been caught prowling back into the sartorial limelight over and over again. And you can see why: a perfectly tailored coat cast in the big cat print is both bold and holds timeless appeal. Giving the pattern spectrum much needed edge after a summer of saccharine florals in wispy textiles, it’s time to earn your style stripes (or spots, in this case) with something dripping in a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll attitude. Think Kate Moss in the 90s. And 00’s. And right now, in fact. For AW16, feline flourishes were found on the catwalks (pun intended) at Givenchy, Dries Van Noten and Stella McCartney. But how do you make it work for the everyday? Alas, I’m no supermodel with rock star boyfriends, so here’s three easy ways to wear leopard print to sink your claws into that say Blondie, rather than Bet Lynch, is your spirit animal.
Double denim is instantly elevated with a leopard-print coat. It ups the everyday to something with far more flair and sass. Ripped-up denim offsets the perfectly put-together reputation leopard print can often have, making this the ultimate off-duty ensemble for girls who prefer a less feminine and flounce approach.
I’m wearing Topshop Coat, but here’s the best of the rest leopard-print coats!
Photography by Rebecca Spencer