7 Ways to Wear Leopard in Real Life and Look Damn Trendy

Leopard is everywhere this season, but for those of us who are usually a little more subdued in our sartorial choices, it can feel a little too Fashion with a capital "F" (or Fran Drescher; take your pick). Here, seven non-intimidating, super-trendy ways to wear the iconic print.

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Start Small With Accessories

Ease your way into the wild print with a bag, scarf or belt. Keep the rest of your look simple and classic and the spots will blend right in seamlessly.

Get the look: ALDO ($45); Sole Society ($50); Urban Originals ($98); Clare V. ($325)

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Treat The Print Like A Neutral

Don’t be afraid to mix leopard with other patterns, like plaids, stripes or florals. Hint: Pairing shorter hems with spotted shoes creates a natural separation between the two prints and is less overwhelming to the eye.

Get the look: Franco Sarto ($99); Talbots ($112); Sam Edelman ($140); Ann Taylor ($148)

Pair It With Black And White

Take a cue from Coterie member Janée Barbre and style your leopard top with crisp black bottoms and stark white kicks.

Get the look: Forever 21 ($16); J.Crew Factory ($70); LNA ($95); ATM Anthony Thomas Melilo ($125)

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Or With Another Big Color Trend

As with most prints, you can never go wrong combining leopard with any solid hue. But if you want to look doubly trendy, we say go for a beautiful burnt orange (plus, it’ll give your skin a gorgeous faux glow).

Get the look: Isaac Mizrahi Live! ($58); J.Crew ($98); ATM Anthony Thomas Melilo ($295); Adam Lippes ($342)

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Try A Classic Silhouette

Wearing head-to-toe spots is not for the faint of heart, but preppy cuts like a clean shirtdress, tailored pants or structured button-down will keep the print’s wild nature in check and create a harmonious balance.

Get the look: Amuse Society ($66); River Island ($76); Mango ($100); Alice + Olivia ($350)

Use It To Break Up A Monochrome Outfit

A spotted topper transforms a muted pink outfit into a super-stylish ensemble. Thanks to Coterie member Olivia Jeanette for showing us how it’s done.

Get the look: Kensie ($150); Kate Spade New York ($246); Free People ($268); Ganni ($295)

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Mix And Match Spots Of All Sizes

Now that you’ve mastered the art of wearing leopard print like a pro, it’s time to go all out. Why not wear all your favorite new spotted pieces all at the same time like Coterie member Katie Sturino? A solid-colored bag and pair of bright, oversize sunnies help break up the print and keep you looking absolutely purr-fect.

Get the look: Vince Camuto skirt ($20); Torrid top ($34); RACHEL Rachel Roy dress ($55); Velvet by Graham and Spencer top ($91); Karen Kane top ($108); The Upside jacket ($126); Marc Fisher LTD. heels ($175); GREATS sneakers ($279)



Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...