I just saw a picture of Jennifer Lopez in a leopard skin print top on the cover of Marie Claire and I had the thought that this print has an everlasting appeal and is always a bit hot and racy. The other night when I was getting gas a young woman who looked to be about college age hopped out of her car and she had a long leopard skin tunic on over tights. It was a cute outfit and if I had owned that top when I was her age I would have worn it over jeans. Leopard print is timeless and spunky and will always be fun.
When I first started working in NYC after college there was an Italian shoe store right up the street from my office. Oh my friends and I had a fetish for that store. My favorite shoes ever that first year were a pair of leopard skin flats. They always put me in a good mood. Those shoes, with a pair of jeans, and a black top were my favorite work outfit. I was a reporter and was able to dress casually. Indeed the entire company looked very bohemian. I loved those leopard skin flats and still smile when I see leopard skin shoes, they bring back a lot of fun memories.
I have never found a pair of leopard skin flats I like as much as I loved those shoes, which were very well made and lasted for years. Perhaps I need to shop in Italy to find another pair of great Italian leopard skin flats. Indeed I have almost never seen a pair of shoes from Italy I didn’t like. I haven’t been to Rome yet, but when I used to go to London I always bought Italian shoes there.
I have a leopard skin cotton top from Jones NY; one of my neighbors has the exact same top too. We are about the same age but look very different; I’m dark, she’s very fair and blonde. We both love this top. I see her in it a lot and I wear mine whenever I want to perk up my mood a bit. I like its urban, yet whimsical appeal.
I also have a long leopard skin skirt made of very soft cotton. When I was teaching in an inner city school I used to wear it to work with a black shirt or a denim shirt. The kids always complimented me on it. Leopard skin has a universal appeal; the students from all over the world commented on the skirt. Their comments were not of the “nice skirt” type, they were more like “I want that skirt where did you get it?”
If you have never worn leopard skin print check it out. It is a fun way to add a small outré touch to your wardrobe. You will get compliments on the item and you will have a little extra bounce in your step from the sheer fun of leopard print.
Leopard print is fun in shoes, skirts, tops, sweaters, headbands, barrettes, undies, scarves, and any other item you can think of!