21 Sep 2017

The Accessory: Leopard Print #4

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slide these under the chair any day

cole haan block  ||  dolce vita jac bootie  ||  golden goose sneaker

We can’t talk leopard without talking accessories.

For many years I had the best pair of leopard loafers and they were so good I wore all the skin off on the insides and the heels. I lost count of the times I had them re-soled and heeled. They were the perfect shoes because they went with everything. I would wear my all black, when the mind was too lazy to delve much deeper, add the leopard loafers and a dash of red lipstick and I would be ready for anything.

It is really time to replace those shoes.

This season, my focus has been on a new print dress and a faux jacket.

But what about the shoes? Some of us need new leopard print shoes too! Today I have done a massive online audit to find the best of the print shoes. I am still trying to decide between a pair of mules, a short boot or a loafer.

Leopard print is one of those exotic prints to become our essentials.

I remember thinking when I wrote the Top Ten French Wardrobe Essentials I needed to follow up with a second instalment. Leopard print would be on the top of this list. Like black or cream animal print really does work with everything.

The beauty of a leopard accessory, whether it is a pair of shoes or a scarf, means you can have the look without going all out – if you see what I mean. Not everyone is comfortable wearing a stand out jacket or all over print dress, but a pair of shoes, well they are a whole other conversation. There is no need to be shy with a bootie or a flat. If heels are your things then a block and rounded toe or a pointed stiletto can be a very attractive option.

If this is your first foray with the leopard then I urge you to start at the bottom and work up. For fans of the spot, like me, there is no stopping us. xv

Take A Walk On The Wild Side

flat out fabulous

cole haan pointy toe  ||  stuart weitzman mule  ||  stuart weitzman ballerina  ||  joie calf hair mule  ||  golden goose sneaker

booted and suited

cole haan arden bootie  ||  dolce vita jac bootie  ||  vince camuto britsy bootie  ||  tory burch laila bootie  ||  dolce vita chelsea bootie

heel heaven

cole haan block  ||  michael kors pump  ||  tory burch mary jane  ||  charlotte olympia kitten heel  ||  dolce & gabbana mary jane  ||  jimmy choo pump

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Linda B

I am happy to corroborate your recommendation of the Cole Haan block heels–I bought just these shoes, in a slightly earlier version (with the block heel being patent) three and a half years ago, and they are indeed fabulous. If I know I am going to have some sort of challenges at work and want to “dress for success”, these are my go to. If I want to perk up jeans and a tee on the weekend, again, these are the go to. They are truly both beautiful and utterly comfortable.


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