And just like that, leopard print has become one of the rising stars of summer 2018. In fact I’m a little miffed that I didn’t pick up on this when I wrote up my SS’18 post (which you can read here). Having said that, I’d say its rise has been quite meteoric over the past few weeks – I wouldn’t be surprised if it carried on into AW’18.
I didn’t know how to feel when I started seeing leopard print all over the place. And that’s because I was once a leopard print fanatic. Obsessed was an understatement – my friends basically associated me with leopard print. My love for leopard print knew no boundaries and this was plastered all over the blog. In fact, I thought this post was the perfect excuse to take a trip down memory lane and get all nostalgic about how I used to wear leopard print. Here are five key leopard print moments from this blog – there were many more!
March 2010 – I started my blog in February 2010 so this is probably the first time I ever mentioned leopard print. This was also a few months before I started taking outfit shots – I was a little camera shy and just took pictures of my garments. This body con jersey skirt was a favourite and served me good (you can see how I styled it here). Full post here.
April 2011 – This is probably my favourite leopard look! It may be so soooo different to what I wear nowadays but I still have this Zara blazer and loved matching it with this leopard print blouse. And knee-high boots – those were the days! Full post here.
May 2011 – Oh god, this look is so wrong but I still love it. It goes to show how I loved leopard print in all its forms – clothes, shoes and accessories. It also shows that sometimes I just didn’t give a shit about miss-matching – a ‘quality’ I still have today. Full post here.
June 2011 – It’s fair to say that this was totes my uniform back in the day – a blazer, black body con skirt and relaxed top. It’s also clear that whenever there was leopard print involved, it was almost always matched with black. But I love the pop of hot pink and leopard, and would be more than happy to revisit this look in 2018. Full post here.
July 2011 – Ah, these little leopard print shorts. I gotta say I love how confident I was back in the day when it came to getting my legs out. I stopped wearing shorts and I don’t really know why, but I totally want to start wearing them again, regardless of the fact that I’m now 30+! Full post here.
2011 was definitely the year of leopard print for me, and I continued to wear until 2013 at least. I never fully abandoned it (I’ll still wear my cheetah print coat in winter – not quite leopard but close enough), but it slowly got lost in the depths of my wardrobe. I don’t really know why this happened, I guess I just gradually became more drawn to colour and other kinds of prints.
So when leopard print came back with a vengeance, I wasn’t sure how to feel. At first, it was a snobby, been there done that feeling. Then it felt a bit awkward – it was almost like wanting to contact an old friend that you’d been besties with at one point but then somehow lost touch with. And then I saw this shirt by Bershka and it all felt right again.
So, let’s fast forward from 2011 to 2018. What are the main changes in my style? I still love the eighties and continue to have a penchant for gold, in-your-face jewellery and anything a little bold and brash. Hence why in theory there should still be plenty of space for leopard print in all its glorious tackiness. But I barely wear black nowadays. I’ve injected a lot more colour into my wardrobe, become a little less classic and more playful. And let’s not forget I can’t go without a strong lip these days. So it only felt right to match this shirt with a dose of one of my favourite colours, red.
I love the fit of this shirt I bought from ASOS a few months ago – it’s so chilled and effortless. Back in the day, I would have styled the shirt with a black jersey skirt – but I’m loving this little skirt and thought it was meant to be.
I broke the red theme with bag from Mango – I don’t normally like the colour brown in any shape or form but for some reason I completely fell for this bag, the cheaper alternative to one of those Staud designs. My Vans are a big change from 2011 me – I hated trainers back then and now can’t enough of them, so long as they’re right for me (which seems to equal girlie/red/pink/printed). Leopard print and trainers – who would have known!
I’m happy to report I wore this two nights ago peeps, two nights ago! It feels so good to be posting about an outfit that’s super recent and therefore oh-so-relevant, right? I wore it for a casual yet perfect date night – dinner, drinks and cinema that included the first spot of rain that London’s had in weeks. So welcome back leopard print – it feels good to have you back in my life!
Pictures taken in Willesden Junction, London on July 27th, 2018.