I will be the first one to say it; I hated leopard. I'm not typically one of those people who proclaims, "I'll never wear x, y or z" because I know how quickly my own mind changes. Except for leopard. I can't tell you how many times I said I'll never wear leopard.

Why? It always seemed like a gaudy, over-the-top print to me. Until of course, it came into the spotlight and I kept seeing it over and over again (most of the time, styled really tastefully); and then I officially decided I'd do the unthinkable and give it a try myself.

Here's the thing - I'm not going to have a closet full of leopard print, because I still don't love it. But I like it, and think that if done right, you can pull off this trend without overdoing it.

ways to wear leopard
ways to wear leopard

1/ Layer a Leopard Dress
With a Chunky Knit

I found this leopard wrap dress on ASOS and fell in love with the design, BUT, I didn't love the idea of being in leopard head to toe.

Wearing a full printed dress would have been a bit too bold for my style, so I decided to layer a neutral chunky knit on top, throw on a pair of sneakers for a casual feel, and grab some neutral accessories (PS - my bag is under $100!).

I felt so comfortable in this look and loved how the ivory on top kept the look soft and neutral.

If you have a sweater and feel it's too long or bulky, simply knot it up, or use a few pieces of double stick tape to create a 'front-tuck' illusion.

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ways to wear leopard
ways to wear leopard
ways to wear leopard
ways to wear leopard
ways to wear leopard

2/ Pair a Leopard Midi
with a Pop of Color

Contrary to some styles I've seen, leopard print doesn't go with every color. I personally, would never wear leopard with pink (too much for me) or blues, greens, reds.

When I found this maxi skirt, I knew I wanted to style it with a more fitted turtleneck and a pair of booties, but I wasn't too sure about the color palette. Of course, black or brown would have been a logical option, but you guys know I typically steer clear of super dark colors.

As I flipped though my closet, I came across this mustard layering turtleneck and it was a perfect match. Still in the same color family, but a little more fun than a traditional neutral. To soften the colors, I paired it with these white boots and a draped suede biker jacket.

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ways to wear leopard
ways to wear leopard
ways to wear leopard
ways to wear leopard

How are you feeling about leopard print this season?
Love it, hate it, or somewhere in between like me?


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26 responses to “2 Ways to Wear Leopard Without Overdoing It”

  1. Erin says:

    I’m not a huge fan of leopard either, but it might be growing on me. At first, when I saw the first photo, I thought you styled the same skirt by shimmying the long one up under the sweater to make it appear shorter. Then I realized it’s two separate pieces. Duh… You did a fabulous job styling both, Danielle! 🙂 xo – Erin (https://cathedralsandcafes.com/)

  2. Greta says:

    How sassy are you in your leopard! Such a great way to style this print.

  3. Stephanie says:

    You sound just like me about leopard print. I was totally NOT into it and swore never to wear it – and now I own a handful of pieces with the pattern and enjoy challenging myself to find fun ways to style it. Love these options!

  4. Kelsey says:

    Huge fan of leopard print over here and I love how you styled it!!

  5. Laura says:

    I absolutely love leopard print though I feel like it’s laking in my closet this season. I love both ways that you styled your leopard print outfits.

    xo, Laura

  6. This is a great way to style something you need to “adjust” something you love. The idea to use double sided tape for the sweater is perfect!

  7. Megan says:

    I love this so much. Leopard is my signature color. lol.

  8. Anika May says:

    I’m loving leopard with chunky knits, I think it looks so effortlessly stylish 🙂

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  9. Em says:

    both of these outfits are so so chic! I have a leopard midi that I LOVE wearing!

  10. Rachel says:

    I agree leopard is tricky to style! Neutral tones like you paired this skirt with are perfect and not overwhelming!

  11. Liz says:

    Love your beautiful photos, as always! And I have a confession… I’ve always been wary of leopard too haha! But I do love a good leopard coat and these skirts are too cute!


  12. rebecca says:

    I feel exaaaaactly the same! I actually ordered that leopard dress from ASOS, but thought it showed a little too much skin (side boob lol) for me! I love how you figured out a great way to style it! Rocking it, per usual, girl.

    xx rebecca // the crystal press

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