Wild for Leopard Prints

Dress: Wayf Gwyneth Velvet Wrap Dress | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandal | Purse: Chanel, also love this Tory Burch option

Leopard has been a long time fave print amongst the fashionable (it really is such a classic).  Albeit a striking print, I seriously consider it a neutral! However, you still have to be careful not to overdue it, but its versatility is like no other! It can be dressed up or down. You can make it sexy, glam, rock & roll or grunge. Whatever your style, there is a leopard look for you!

Leopard prints can come in a variety of colours, but I tend to lean toward the classic browns. I find these shades tend to look universally flattering on redheads, brunettes and blondes and never goes out of style. You can wear leopard for work or play and I love that. In fact, I recently did an Instagram post offering 3 examples of this (be sure to check it out if you haven’t already).

The IG Post was in collaboration with a long-time friend and fellow-fashion stylist, Christie Ressel, so don’t forget to check out her 3 looks also! In my IG post, I focused on occasions: an evening look for a night out; a casual day look and an office appropriate look. I had received so many compliments and inquiries on each piece, especially my evening look. That said, I thought I would dedicate a blog specifically to this piece.

I purchased this dress as an option for a wedding I was attending in late September. I was on the hunt for a wrap style, long-sleeved, midi-dress. When I saw this one, I instantly fell in love with everything about it. Although, you can never be sure if items online will look the same in person and sometimes fit is uncertain when dealing with unfamiliar brands, I am happy to confirm the dress looked the same upon recieving and the fit was true to size. (I am usually between a size 2 or 4 depending on the brand, so I went with a size small and it fit perfectly – I do have to pin it to avoid showing my bra)

In the end, I opted not to wear it to the wedding. Although it was technically a fall wedding – the ceremony was outdoors and it actually felt more like summer! So I felt this was a little to autumn-ish for such a beautiful hot day. The more I thought about it, I also didn’t feel comfortable with the look for a wedding. A more subdued leopard print might have worked, but this particular one combined with the other dress elements (luxe fabric & length) was a bit too bold and I didn’t want to appear I was trying to call attention to myself. That said, I’m hoping I have an excuse to wear this on an upcoming trip to Arizona, but if all else fails, perhaps New Years!

What do you think of the leopard trend? Have you always been a fan or are you just jumping on the wagon now? Any-who, I’ve linked the dress and the rest of my outfit details above. I hope you enjoy! Thanks for reading!


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