My brain will not stop with this leopard stuff. We just did that recent #TMEStyleChallenge on IG — wearing leopard to work, in fact — and you’d think I’d be done. Nope. I’ve haven’t been this excited about leopard since, well…ever. Maybe it’s age: watching the Weather Channel, wintering in Florida…wearing leopard? God, I hope not. Or maybe that’s cougar (har har har). Whatever. For what it’s worth, I turned to one of my millennial partners-in-crime, Danielle, to help sift through my (many) leopard leanings and actually get them down on virtual paper. She did just that, and added a few plot twists that I LOVE.
Here’s what we came up with…..
Six Cool Ways To Wear Leopard To Work
ONE: The Leopard Skirt
There’s virtually nothing more classic than a leopard pencil skirt. We amped up the Madmen vibe with a slim, tucked-in sweater and resin earrings (a throwback to the 60’s — good call Danielle!). Red + leopard is one of the best combos out there, and is perfectly offset by everyday black pumps.
TWO: The Leopard Silk Top
There are obviously many more ways to wear a leopard silk top, but we’re kiiiiinda loving the little peek of leopard underneath a black turtleneck. Especially when this almost-monochromatic look is paired with a chic white bootie. (It’s a cool idea for a day-to-night situation: just lose the turtleneck and RAWR.)
THREE: The Leopard Blazer
I mean…why not wear a band tee under your blazer? I’m also obsessing over the pop of blue on the shoes (yayyyy, Danielle!). This combo is easily the most exciting thing to happen to black pants in years. And then add understated pearl earrings and a structured bag because you are a professional.
FOUR: Leopard Tee
Shoot, Gang. These darn leopard tees keep selling out on us. Understandable — they work with just about anything, even the office. Try pairing yours with pinstripe trousers for an office-friendly version of mixed prints. We love this pairing with a red pump and red lips.
FIVE: Leopard Belt
Adding a leopard belt can inject a dash of interest to any ol’ outfit, but especially to a plain office shift dress. I had asked Danielle to layer the shift dress over a collared shirt….but I was picturing a white shirt – very French gamine. Instead, she blew my mind with this sharp, sleek, all-black ensemble that is so freaking on point, and ever-so-slightly intimidating. #boss
SIX: With Monochromatic Jewel Tones + Pastels
This might be my favorite look of them all. In this situation, the leopard acts as a neutral. And because the general feeling of this outfit is monochromatic (even if the saturation points are different)….it’s not overly crazy. My favorite combo is the dark turquoise + pale blue below, but an emerald green + mint would be gorgeous with leopard, or dark purple + lavender, or even a deep raspberry + pink.