This ensemble was inspired by an outfit from the Elizabeth and James 2016 Fall Ready-to-Wear collection. Faux fur and maximal looks are trending, so bring on the hectic toppers. An animal print coat or jacket is one way to go.
Leopard or cheetah toppers have a high longevity factor. They always make a fun and bold statement, looking as modern as they do retro. Leopard looks especially good if you like to wear browns and earth tones. Cat prints like leopard and cheetah are also a dream to pattern mix with (they’re almost like a neutral), which is why I chose a checked Burberry bag to go with all the outfits. I also didn’t think twice about adding stripes and florals to the mix because sometimes the clash can be harmonious.
Here are three dressy and casual looks to get you started. I’ve kept the palette neutral and added a classic red. There’s also texture and shine in the support act for a more maximal effect.
Trendy Earthy Neutrals
Combine rust flared crops with a cream top. Add trendy gold or cream footwear in a style that works with the silhouette and length of the bottoms. White pearls pick up the cream in the outfit, while the leopard topper adds plenty of drama. I’ve added a patterned bag, but feel free to use a solid one instead.
The Roaring Frock
Throw a leopard topper over a solid black, red, cream or brown dress. Add red, black or metallic footwear, like on trend Mary Janes, and a patterned or solid bag. A scarf in a complementary pattern can work, and so will nude or sheer black hosiery. In fact, add patterned self-colour sheer black hosiery if you dare.
Stripes & Sneakers
Combine a red and blue/grey/black striped tee or pullover with a pair of trendy blue jeans. Wear Converse, oxfords or booties on your feet. Finish off the look with the leopard topper and a patterned or solid bag. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.
I don’t have a leopard coat, but I do have clients who wear them every season. We have fun styling them in updated ways because as I said up top, a leopard topper does not seem to date.