#3 in the leopard print series is indispensable in my view.
For me, it is the dress.
I don’t say it is first on my list but is definitely one I want in my cupboard.
For some it is a coat, a wrap or shoes (we will talk about those next) and don’t misunderstand I absolutely love a leopard coat and an accessory. Probably a faux leopard print coat is number one on my list this year but the dress, the leopard print dress is a winner.
Leopard print dresses are harder to find this season, the ones I like anyway.
For me a leopard print dress needs to be simple: the print is enough and manages to do all the work by itself. My inclination is to a straight shift style or wrap around; the sleeves are up to the individual. Alternatively I like a semi-caftan style, it is a little more voluminous but not entirely casual.
Dolce & Gabbana have always created the classic styles in leopard print and if an investment in one of these is an option, I would look no further. They are beautiful but they require a big vote of confidence and deep pockets. If you consider them on a cost per wear basis, my fashion philosophy when buying clothes, they are certainly worth the jump. Their style and print has not changed in forever and their fabric quality is mostly excellent.
There are other leopard print dresses to do the job that won’t break the bank. If you are experimenting with a leopard print dress for the first time then this one is a very friendly one to start with. It is inexpensive and made in a flattering style with a good print. It might not be in silk like the D & G, but it is a great buy and a very wearable dress.
Leopard print comes in various shades and spot sizes. It is a matter of choosing the tone and print you feel most confident in. Yves Saint Laurent was a big fan of leopard print and they seem to still get it right.
I am working on getting back into my leopard dress but in the meantime, I am looking at this one. xv
The Indispensable Leopard Print Dress
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image, yves saint laurent caftan (no longer available)