I Love Leopard Print
Personally, I love any print that’s a timeless classic, but leopard has a special spot (lol leopard jokes) in my heart. I take great comfort in knowing that year after year, I will always be able to pull out my leopard favorites and know that they are as wearable today as they’ve always been. It’s much easier to invest in quality pieces with that knowledge. That being said—I always peruse the new leopard offerings each season, because everything I already own obviously loves making new friends. And that’s the thing about leopard—it somehow goes with everything.
In this look, I’m not interested in subtle notes of leopard (though I love those, too). This is a leopard dress, everybody. Made by Ganni, a brand rapidly becoming a household name in the world of well-priced and extremely charming clothing, this dress has a stunner of a neckline and bodice I wanted to belt widely the moment I saw it. The belting gives way for the fullness of the skirt to really shine, and two weeks postpartum, I wasn’t mad about a little skirt fullness to hide what remains of my baby bump.
The sandals (because yes, technically, it is still sandal weather, leave me alone) are By Far, and I don’t mean to play favorites, but these were probably my favorite, most-worn pair of the summer. They’re quite unique in that I wore them with gowns to black-tie events as well as jeans to a Thursday night girls dinner. They’re that rare and elusive multi-tasker, and are somehow very reasonably priced for the quality.
If you’re seeing the bag and asking yourself why it feels familiar, that’s because I recently discussed it in the Monday Memo. It’s made by The Sant and it’s so cool and unique all the other bags in my closet are asking it for advice. I went for the black version but am having serious FOMO over the ivory, cognac brown and hunter green. All four options are so beautiful, it makes me a little mad that they even make you choose.
But back to the leopard print...
Here’s another thing: It’s also a neutral. Not necessarily in the case of an outfit like the one I’m wearing here, where it’s the star of the show, but in more subtle appearances like accessories or even a blouse-under-blazer moment. Leopard has evolved and elevated itself into essential neutral territory. Once you start implementing it everywhere, you’ll notice how much balance and subtle interest it can give an outfit, with something even as simple as a belt. Funny to think that animal print could ever have subtlety, but leopard is just genius like that.
Below, my absolute favorite leopard pieces to fold into rotation this fall. Take stock of your current spotted style supply, and add accordingly.
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the Shopbop’s Event of the Season Sale before it ends tomorrow!