Favorite Fall Combo: Bright Red Sweaters and Leopard Print


There are few combos that get my heart beating fast like red and leopard print. I know. You’re used to seeing me in black and gray, but, surprisingly, I love this bright red for fall.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I would like it at first, but when I actually tried the bright red I was hooked. Then I thought of pairing it with these fun leopard boots and blammo…amazing fall combo that’s fun but easy. Throw in a pair of destroyed denim in a slim boyfriend fit and you have a really versatile outfit that’s on-trend for the season with pieces that could easily take you into the holidays.

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red and leopard printYou may have seen on Instagram (@elletrain) that I tried out this red and leopard combo with a lighter pair of jeans. I was happy to know it works well with either. The destroyed denim is my favorite, but you could easily make this less casual with clean/non-destructed denim.

red and leopard boots

I liked the lighter shoe with the lighter denim, but the bluer pair  was a bit more cropped. That’s the only thing I didn’t love about these boots is that they’re a little high on my ankle and tricky to wear with certain jeans. It now dawns on me that I could have tried cuffing the jeans a bit to get the right height, but I’m such a fan of the raw hem right now that I didn’t think of it at the time.

My Red and Leopard Print Outfit Details

Sweater -Loving the color of this sweater and the fact that it has a bit more stability and shape than a plain crewneck style, but I didn’t love how it made my shoulders look a bit wider. I think I’ll continue the search for more of a scoopneck or a v-neck or just a bit different style. Like this.

Jeans (similar) – My jeans are Madewell and sold out a while ago, sadly. (They do still have the same cut, but a darker wash and no distressing.) These Rag & Bone look like a similar fit. As do these from AG.

Boots – These boots are Billabong and are really great, but I wish they were slightly shorter in the rise for me. The faded print is so good though. They run TTS.

Moana necklace – Just in case you’re as completely obsessed as we are over here. Lin Manuel Miranda is pure genius.

Shop Red Sweaters

Shop Leopard Print Shoes

Have you attempted the bright red yet? I asked Scotti what lip color I should’ve chosen to go with the bright red and she said definitely more of a nude. She loves Clinique Longlast Glosswear in Tenderheart for a great neutral that stays on well. I think I need to pick some up.

Hoping for cool weather for some of you so you can rock those sweaters soon…



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  1. I love the bright, vibrant look of red! I am such a leopard girl, but I’m so used to pairing it with black or camel that I love the update of a bright color for contrast – can I also suggest mustard for brunettes? I think it is the most flattering color and would look gorgeous with leopard!

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  2. Love this! I have a long red cashmere v-neck by Epuipment, like the one in the link. I haven’t worn it as much as I thought – I think because the length feels challenging for me. Over leggings would work, but is not really my jam. Would you try a half-tuck with jeans, or just rock it as-is over skinny jeans? I have some short leopard boots and am excited to try this combo – but am just not sure about the long sweater.


    • I’d definitely try it out half-tucked but I think it’d be great over skinny jeans, too. I have trouble wanting to get into leggings and a tunic, too. Good luck and would love to see what you come up with!

  3. Wearing this combo as we speak. Tomato red cardigan, white T, gray jeans and leopard flats. Glad to see that what i managed to grab from the hamper as I was rushing out the door this morning is in style!

  4. I love this combo, and I appreciate all the other color suggestions. My kid recently picked out light blue leg braces with a cats wearing glasses print and bright red straps. They’re awesome. Kid and I decided that animal print leggings are the only way to go (merging our practical and sartorial concerns). We’re hoping this trend stays around for at least a year!!

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  6. A few months delayed, but I just bought the Sam Edelman kitten heel leopard booties based on this post. Thank you! When I wear them I am so excited to have so much awesome on my feet. 🙂

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