I have always been a bit undecided towards leopard print. There were times, when I loved it. I used to wear leopard print tights and shirts back then, I think this was in the 1990’s, but also there have been times I didn’t like it, when I found it a bit tacky. Maybe because it has been heavily used by the fashion industry lately leading to cheap chain stores being flooded with shiny polyester leopard print things and eventually people wearing them that made me shy away from it.
But I always wanted to have a leopard print coat, I always wanted a leopard cardi to combine with classy clothes or skinny jeans. And I always wanted leopard print shoes. As for the shoes, I bought them this year at Zara and I really love them with stripes or floral prints. I can’t believe how versatile this print is. This weekend on the fleamarket I scored a vintage 1960’s leopard print coat in the best vintage condition. But it’s a bit big on me, so, good news for you, it’s going to the shop soon.
Until then I leave you with pictures of these classy ladies from vintage Hollywood, which proof that leopard print is in fact anything, but tacky:
Audrey Hepburn with a leopard print hat plus red jacket. You can always style leopard with a bold colour and still look classy and cute.
Jackie Kennedy. I know, she has nothing to do with Hollywood, but still, she was one of the main style icons of the 1960’s, who even had a dress style named after herself. I wonder if any first ladies of today would wear a coat like that, presumably not, but maybe they should…
Bond Girl Ursula Andress wearing leopard from top to bottom.
Sophia Loren with leopard print (at least I hope it’s print) coat and a fur hat, plus big glasses.
Marilyn Monroe sporting leopard accessories with a solid black dress.
Liz Taylor wearing a beautiful leopard print coat and shoes.
Jane Russell in a shorter leopard print jacket and sunglasses(?).
Bette Davis in leopard print coat and dramatic eyes and lips.
Ann Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson wearing leopard print, too.
Grace Kelly wearing a longer leopard print coat. I actually wouldn’t had imagined her wearing leopard, but apparently she did. The longer length of this coat undermines its’ elegance and sophisticatedness.
I love the style of Brigitte Bardot’s coat and collar.
Vintage 1960’s leopard print coat found by me, coming soon to the shop. I think it resembles the coat Liz Taylor is wearing in the picture above.
What about you, do you like leopard print or hate it?
all images, except the last one via Moviestarmakeover.com