I and hubby decided to spend the last weekday of 2013 hunting for New Year sales in Frankfurt. While trying to stay patient amidst the very long queue at Mango store, I noticed two women in their late forties wearing leopard print coat. But what astonished me wasn´t the coat, it´s how the print made them look like they´re in their sixties. At first glance they looked much older than their face suggest. This puzzled me, why a leopard print coat could age a woman so much? And what could she do to reverse it?
I remember a friend whom I lent my leopard print dress five years back, she wore it to a dinner date. Her elder sister asked her, “why would you wear such a matronly print?” It was then when I started defending animal print.
A woman with a mountain of to-buy stuffs squeezed through the thickening queue and I was forced back from my thoughts, but I promised to write this post, how to look fashionable in leopard print coat without looking matronly. So here we go …
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1. How to Wear Leopard Print Coat: Editorial-Inspired
They say that we can´t take the glamor off the print to reality because the models we´re seeing are air-brushed, but surely we can take some style tips.
Wear a wide belt on the coat. I love the idea of wearing a thick black belt or a waist band on top of a midi leopard print coat. Not only does cinching your waist gives you a more defined silhouette, but the dark belt will also tone down your print.
Wear with a bright mono dress. We know that wearing animal print with bright colors is very fashionable. But what you probably failed to realize is that teaming a bold print with bright colors gives you an aura of youth.
Wear with fashionable, fun pieces. Try your leopard print coat with a silk top, flare jeans, and a fedora for an utterly chic look.
2. Wear Your Leopard Print Coat Casual
The best way to not look matronly in leopard print coat is to dress it down. Wear it with a simple white tee and cut-off denim shorts, with black jeans, or a dark tee and tattered boyfriend jeans. These looks are perfect if you´re off to walk your dog, go shopping with the girls, or run errands.
3. How to Wear Leopard Print Coat: With Tall Boots
The idea is putting together a double statement in a look. By teaming your leopard print coat with a pair of all-eyes-on-me tall boots, whether it´s thigh-high, over-the-knee, or knee-high fringed, the attention is forced from top to down.
People aren´t going to focus on your coat, which would then direct the eyes to your face. Instead, they´d look down, wondering where you got those killer boots.
4. Wear Your Leopard Print Coat as a Cape
Create a stand-alone fashionable outfit, that means an outfit that looks great with or without a coat, then throw over your shoulders a long leopard print coat to wear as cape. This gives you a surefire “wow” effect.
5. How to Wear Leopard Print Coat: A Dose of Modern
The secret to looking young in leopard print coat whether or not you´re only young at heart, is to look for pieces with modern style and silhouette. A fit and flare dress coat is flattering to any body type and age, or try a two-toned coat. Neutral leopard print with black or beige.
6. The Unexpected Way to Style Leopard Print Coat
Nothing´s more exciting in wearing animal print than keeping things surprising. It´s time to surprise the world!
Print clash. Do you think your friends expected you to wear a leopard print coat on top a check or houndstooth midi dress? Most probably not! But remember that this print clash works best if both have similar color shade, especially if both are dark monochrome.
The rule of length. Balance a fur leopard print short coat with a long black skirt that hugs your figure on top and then flares out like a fish tail with every step you take, thanks to a sexy high slit.
Muted color block. It´s the new way to colorblock. Take one bright separate, team it with another piece in complementary hue, shoes matching one of your separates, then pull everything together with a luxe leopard coat.
7. Leopard Print Coat over a Chiffon Dress, Givenchy
Wondering what´s the best topper for your flowy chiffon dresses? Whether you´re going to church, attending a wedding or heading to a cocktail party, you can easily add an edge to your figure skimming chiffon dresses with an animal print coat.
Remember to apply the rule of length—your coat should be one or two inches longer than your dress, or vice-versa. Your animal print outerwear should never be too long or too short.
8. Animal Print Coat over a Printed Dress, Anna Sui
This look from Anna Sui is a perfect play on print and colors. It´s what we call color + print clashing. But pay attention to how it was done, the print on the dress are fine, which matches the fine print on the coat. Also, the dress boosts a dark print of winter which jives with the neutral yet dark wild print of the coat.
Most importantly, if you take off the coat, you will see that the model is wearing a monochrome look – the same shades of colors from head to too. That´s the reason why even if there´s a busy print on top, the wearer´s vertical line isn´t cut.
Your fab takeaway? If you decide to put your hand on this print on print styling, make sure your tall boots (or any shoes) matches your under layer.
9. How to Wear Leopard Print Coat: Animal Print Dress Coat, Gucci
What´s not to love in a dress coat? It´s feminine, elegant, and a favorite of Princess Katherine. But seriously, a dress coat comes with that subtle yet well defined flare which gives your figure a boost. It delivers that illusion of a slimmer waist which no other topper could surpass.
If you can find an animal print dress coat, you´re lucky. This isn´t easy to find anywhere. Make the most of your print by wearing it only with black—a black turtleneck and a pair of black tall boots.
10. Leopard Print Fur Coat with Nude Dress, Anna Sui
Stand taller in a leopard print fur coat by throwing it over a nude dress. This is the literal definition of tonal—neutral on neutral. Polished with nude high heels, or even some flat but nude lace up shoes, your vertical line looks its longest.
If you´re petite and you´re afraid that a fur coat will overwhelm your frame, go for this combination. Just make sure your coat hits around your knees.
12. Animal Print Coat with White, Chloe
If all fails, you can never go wrong with animal print on white. Let the print of your coat do the talking by wearing it over a white knee-length dress. If you rather stretch it, opt for a white lace dress. Your shoes should be neutral too, preferably dirty or winter white.
Don´t be afraid to invest on a stunning animal print coat because they never go out of trend, they always bounce back every cold season and there are always new fresh ways to restyle them. So go ahead, embrace your wild side!
More Leopard Print Coat Style Ideas
Don´t give the wild print any reason to intimidate you. You want to wear it, not the other way around. These fashion tips should suffice in making you look gorgeous in an animal print topper without looking matronly.
Over to you girls, how you wear a leopard print coat?