Without feeling too overdressed...
When Olivia Palermo stepped out in the now iconic £27 poplin shirt emblazoned with a leopard print pocket, the Zara website most probably crashed.
Because it was the very moment that the animal print trend was officially confirmed to the masses as we flocked to invest in this season’s most debated print.
Leopard print was the trend most spotted at Fashion Week this season
Undoubtedly a tricky trend to pull off, it’s often left to the daring as a common fear is the risqué element and quite obvious eighties reference.
But with the influx of animal print flocking into stores, there’s no denying the print is set to be the leader of the pack this autumn/winter.
So we round up the different ways you can adopt the trend this season...
The Leopard Print Coat
Ah, the relief to finally resurrect the leopard print coat we had buried away in the very depths of our wardrobes. Remember the sell-out Zara hit a few years back? Yes, we’re giving it a re-run.
Don a leopard print coat over a corset to tackle two major trends in one fell swoop
Whilst we’re in the trans-seasonal period, drape a leopard spotted coat over your white shirt. It’s what bloggers do. Come winter, opt for a faux-fur number to weatherproof your look.
Don't be afraid to pair a pop of colour with the print as majenta and plum shades compliment the pattern
This season is all about clashing prints so don bright colours and animal inspired patterns in abundance.
Invest in a leopard print coat this season
We particularly love the above faux fur number from Zara.
Leopard Print Boots
We’ll be playing retro this season and bringing our coats back, that’s for sure. But the trend needn’t be left to the jacket department as you can play on the print through fancy footwear.
Swap velvet for leopard print boots this winter
There are leopard boots aplenty on the high street. Simply pair with frayed jeans and a crisp white shirt in the day and switch it up with bell bottom flares come evening. Inject a pop of colour with a bold lip or pastel accessory to finish the look.
Pair leopard print boots with a suede mini skirt and oversized poloneck this season.
We're particularly lusting over the above coat from Zara.
The Leopard Print Accessory
If you’re not willing to fully invest in the trend, then there are ways to incorporate the print without looking overdressed.
Don't be afraid to clash prints this season and go wild with the leopard print trend
Simply invest in a leopard print bag and pair with a mandarin collared shirt and flared blue jeans. Or dress up a black ensemble for work with the printed accessory.
Because we couldn’t not mention the iconic Zara shirt. Play on the trend with minimal effort and invest in the sellout piece we’re all lusting over. But be quick, as it's sure to be a sellout thanks to Olivia Palermo's ability to lure us into Zara.
One iconic Zara shirt sparked this season's biggest trend
Pair with ruffled trousers and backless loafers for a work to drinks look in one fell swoop.
Still not convinced? See the print in action in the gallery below with the very best street style snaps donning the trend: