13 Oct 2013

Leopard… Is It The New Black?

All About Leopard - Vicki Archer

This season… animal prints are on… but when aren’t they?

 

Leopard has always been on my hit list… a touch here and there… first came the scarf, then the loafers… and then I became really brave with the dress.

A nervous purchase… Was I too old? Would I ever feel confident enough to ‘print’ up? Would I wear the spots and feel self-conscious? As ‘leopard’ has always been a favourite of the French, I knew I had to trust them.

 

Honestly… Best buy ever… When in doubt I wear the leopard.

It is like the LBD only it’s not.

The only rule I follow is one animal print at a time… Like all fine things… a little bit goes a long way…

 

Tell me… Do you wear the spots? xv

 

 A Touch Of Leopard 

walk it

pierre hardy  love those chunky heels   classic elegance with the everly   cute chelsea boot from miu miu

  grenada flats kate spade and ballerinas  a la  j.crew

 

wrap it

alexander mcqueen soft in chiffon   or warm up in tory burch

 

wear it

 l’agence with or without the sleeves   pink tartan’s knit   michael kors leopard and lace   kate spade’s paulina 

alice &olivia’s gina

 

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75 Comments

leslie nash

Totally agree with you Vicki, I have always loved “a bit of leopard!” Even when it wasn’t so fashionable (but when wasn’t it?)

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Vicki

I think the French made it fashionable way back when… and it’s never been out since… :)

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Rena

Of course, I dare but only one piece at the time. An eye catcher also for the advanced age. I believe this animal print never go out of fashion. Like to mix it with black and less jewellery… and I also like it in my home (cushion, footrest)

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Vicki

Yes I agree… a little bit can have big impact for anyone… I think it’s fabulous in interiors too..

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Heather in Arles

I think that you know that I love leopard. It is like red lipstick–sometimes it is on-trend, other times no, I don’t care. :)
And I want to see your dress! I bet you look smashing.
Bon Weekend!

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The Enchanted Home

I have to say I too love leopard but only a touch. And never ever mixing!! I have shoes, a scarf, a sweater and bag with some leopard. When its done well its really beautiful.

I was out shopping yesterday and couldn’t believe how its out there in droves. Its huge this year!!! I bet your dress is amazing!

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Vicki

It’s very simple… but with a black coat and some ankle boots… it will be a great piece… Head to toe is about the worst way to wear leopard isn’t it? Funny how something so fab can be ruined if not worn properly… but that’s fashion for you! :)

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karen in ct

.. I LOVE it … but

I think it takes a really special woman to wear it. Just the right figure, just the right look, just the right everything. Then a bit of leopard looks stunning. That excludes about 95% of all women I see on the street. When I see it on the right woman, wearing the this accessory the right way, it’s WAY COOL.

On anyone else leopard looks like “trying too hard” … but it’s very exciting when you see it on the right person. I can’t do it, have tried but feel too strange. I must not be cool.

Great post, as usual. Keeps us thinking.

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Vicki

I am sure you could do it… just try a small piece… you will be converted, I feel sure… The scarf is the best place to start… :)

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A beautiful space

I’m all for a touch of leopard, infact have just purchased my first pair of leopard shoes after seeing a very stylish woman, well into her later years, sporting a pair with a classic burberry trench.
My first sofa, 30 years ago was also a leopard print chintz so I guess you would have to say, I’ve been a fan for some time although perhaps i’m not as brave as I once was.

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Judith A. Ross

I’m not sure where I’d wear leopard, given my lifestyle, but I’d love to see Heather in it! -That said, your question, “am I too old” resonated with me. As an in-shape woman in her 50s I’ve decided that I’m entitled to have as much fun with fashion as someone in her 20s and 30s. So while I have no desire to dress like a kid, I do enjoy looking hip – with my own, slightly more elegant twist.

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Vicki

Absolutely Judith… now is the time when we must enjoy and embrace fashion… I love fashion and dressing up more than ever… and that’s saying something!

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Vicki

That’s it in the pic! A bit squished… it’s just a simple slip… but I love it! Very similar to some that I have linked to… :)

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une femme

I’ve always loved leopard. It can be elegant, edgy or just fun depending on how you wear it. And I agree, a little can go a long way.

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Patricia Flournoy

Wearing leopard always makes me happy…but a little goes a long way…as my daughter keeps reminding me!
Vicki, I cannot find a link to Le Petit Bijou ..would like to see availability in early June…when you have a chance, please email it to me…Had all the information and left it in Beaune! Merci Patty Flournoy

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Vicki

I have forwarded your enquiry on to David and I will look to getting a link on the blog… good idea! Thank you… :)

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Vicki

Patty… your email keeps bouncing back…Can you verify what it is for me please… :)

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Patricia Flournoy

Here is my email…if it bounces, please try jock@flournoy.net We donated our house in Beaune for a Relay for Life(ACS) auction the first week in June and would like to spend that time in Provence…Hope I can arrange St. Remy! as always, thanks for your daily dose of Fashion/French Cheer…

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Elizabeth

I love leopard, but have only been brave enough to get the shoes. A dress I do not think I would have the courage to wear. I could not agree with you more, a little goes along way. I have seen a few mishaps with people who go overboard.

I hope that you are on your way to a relaxing weekend. Enjoy!
Elizabeth

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Lynn@thevintagenest

I have had a pair of loafers with the leopard print on the top, for about 5 years. I hope they never wear out as I love them. :) And yes, a little bit goes a long way. xo

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Vicki

I have mine on today .. with all black… and they just add that slight bit of style to an otherwise very simple suit…

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Christina

What a fun post! I love leopard but am still in the scarf and shoes stage. We went to Paris last month and I used leopard accents to add a bit of punch to my basic black/neutral wardrobe. I’m actually more comfortable with it now that I’m “a certain age” – I saw many Parisians wearing it- all perfectly chic of course!

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Heather Lindstrom

Good morning Vicki!
The animal print is always in style for me. Something about it makes me feel more confident (or perhaps I’m feeling more confident when I choose to wear it?). It’s fierce and I believe we are never too old for that. My 83 year old mom just had a huge wedding-and she still wears some classy animal print too. Love your new dress!
xx, Heather @ Stylemindchic

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Vicki

Did she get re-married?? How fantastic either way that she is still rocking the print… :)

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Cathy

We have casual Fridays at work but I have never been a super fan. But after some gentle ribbing from co-workers I have acquiesced a bit. A bit of leopard helps me feel a bit more sophisticated when I wear my skinnies and a crisp blouse. I have flats but I think booties might be a good call. I bought my favorite leopard scarf I while in Paris in 1993. It was expensive but it proves that quality purchases can be good investments!!

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Vicki

I think so too… I believe in mostly investment dressing and then some less expensive more throwaway items… the mix is what makes it modern… :)

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A Gift Wrapped Life

I always have some leopard in my closet. I am always surprised when they say it’s trendy this year because I always think “Isn’t it always?” To me, animal prints are like black, always on classic standby. My favorite is a leopard coat (almost like a long blazer) that I have had for at least 10 years, looks great with jeans or tights/boots. Even though I tend to also think only one leopard item at a time. I did buy a scarf recently that is leopard, chartreuse and orange……….I am dying to see if I can wear it over the coat. Maybe…… maybe? Oh, and I really am hunting for some leopard pumps ( but not to wear with the leopard coat…..lol!) Fun post Vicki, have a fab weekend. Much love….xx

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lisa thomson

Definitely. Although it’s never been hotter (since the 80’s, that is) and I realized I have no animal print. NONE, except for a bra without the matching undies, go figure. So I bought a long, leopard print t-shirt that has a black heart on the front that looks like it was painted on. Very cute and funky. I wondered if I was too old for it, but I’ve worn it and felt good in it. It’s long enough to wear over leggings or skinny jeans. I love your dress, Vicki. Never too old for leopard!

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Jennifer

Leopard has always been a staple in my wardrobe. Love it! It looks sophisticated and a little “wild” at the same time. It’s a neutral for me which everything goes with. When was it ever out of style?

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Nancie Bartley

Love leopard. If only it didn’t have so much brown in it. Just can’t wear it. Does NOT work with my coloring and therefore my wardrobe. But I love seeing all the options and am waiting for the day when zebra prints resurface. Black and white I can wear!!

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Peggy Braswell

I use any animal print in interior design, I tell clients to look at it as neutral. As in ID + on my body, a little goes a long way. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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Anita Rivera

Good evening Vicki! I am coming to you in the evening because my morning was rather crazy!

I will wear spots or stripes if the outfit looks good on me! I love the animal prints and a pair of little leopard flats would suit me just fine these days! Happy Autumn! Anita

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Kate

Love a bit of leopard print! Or even a lot of it as I have a leopard print coat. It is my best purchase EVER. I get many compliments from strangers each time I wear it.

Love your new dress, enjoy wearing it in Paris!

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Karen T.

Oh dahling, yes! I have a case for my reading glasses and recently bought a pair of Stubbs & Wootton leopard needlepoint slippers (one of the best apparel purchases I’ve ever made).

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Esther George

Hi Vicki I love Leopard prints but for my age I would stick to scarves (love Tory Birch Leopard print scarf). I wouldn’t say no to a pair of flats that’s as brave as I’m ever going to be. I’m sure your dress is lovely. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Regards Esther from Sydney.

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Judy Elliott

Love it, at the moment I”m about to use Celerie Kemble sisal zebra print wallpaper for a client and our showroom has fabulous zebra print cushions in our front window. I’m actually about to revamp my natural bamboo director chairs and recover them in a RL zebra print. My RL leopard print shoes are my favourite purchase ever! do you think Im obsessed ? yes its the new black!

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Vicki

LIke me Judy… love zebra… I have a big old zebra skin in Franc and it makes the room! I was going to cover an ottoman but it looked so good thrown on the stone floor that I left it there… :)

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Trish Murphy

Vicki I love the leopard print it always looks fabulous but as you say only one piece at a time.
I have the scarves, ballets and bags but as yet have to buy the print dress. I have a black trench
and love the print scarf with it.I must be adventurous and buy dress I have come close.
Enjoy the dress.Trish

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Cindy F

Love, love love my leopard scarves, loafers and top – have been kicking myself for getting rid of a leopard jacket that I thought I was too old to wear (60 next year), biggest mistake ever!

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Vicki

Never… as Peggy said… leopard is a neural…and not only for interiors… If I havd half pf the great things I have given away or thrown out… i would have a much better wardrobe!

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hopflower

Funny it should be brought up! I have a new pair of leopard or cheetah (Some large cat) spotted slippers on right now. The first time I have ever owned an animal print; I am enjoying them immensely.

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Karena

So interesting that when you look back in design; leopard has been used forever!! I have flats and scarves, would love to find a short loose fitting jacket!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

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Laura

Leopard is a classic. I have a leopard cardigan that works well with many things in my wardrobe. Also, have had a little round foot stool for years with leopard print fabric. As you said, “a little goes a long way”, but that little touch can make a great statement!

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Melissa Hebbard

I love touches of leopard in the home, and as accessories. I think though I would feel a little Wilma Flintstone if I tried to wear your gorgeous dress. Make sure you don’t wear it with mothball sized pearls or rocks around your neck!! It would look stunning on the right person, perhaps with a black trench.
My only rule with leopard is it must be fake. Real leopard is divine, but only on real leopards!!
I am a great believer though in women wearing real fur from animals species that are feral in their country, such as fox and rabbit in Australia, and possum in New Zealand.

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Melissa Hebbard

I was just thinking my last comment sounded a bit ‘catty’ pardon the pun. I think you are right in saying it can be like a LBD, and the spots should be great camouflage for any bulges if you happen to have any in the wrong place. I think the trick to wearing it is to have confidence.

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NET-A-DRESSER

I adore leopard print! Although usually I only wear it in small doses,but this season does seem to be the one to go “wild” with it!
A beautiful blog that I have only just found, but will definitely be coming back for more! x

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WHATISINMYWORLD

I think of leopard as a neutral for interiors and fashion. I never tire of it. I was just given a vintage Bill Blass leopard dress and I can not wait to wear it.

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rosalie carmichael

I love my black zippered cardigan with collar and cuffs in leopard. It always makes me feel very swish.

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