Call of the Wild: Hot Ways to Wear Leopard Prints

If style is rooted in the idea that we send messages about ourselves through what we wear, leopard is surely a signal that there’s a little sass in your personality. Fans of the ultra-classic feline print should be thrilled with its current prevalence in collections both affordable and sky’s the limit: Lanvin and Gucci (at left) were among the designers who focused on leopard in their pre-fall collections soon to hit stores, while the current spring/summer collections offer a variety of updated takes in both ready to wear and accessories.

Here’s a round-up of buy-it-now pieces and how to work leopard into your wardrobe—whether as a touch here and there or the full-on cat’s meow.

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One of leopard’s best attributes? A little goes a long way. Pair this scarf necklace with a look that’s chicly simple and tailored, such as a sleeveless black sheath or a crisp white shirt.

For Spring 2013, several designers put a new twist on leopard, opting to show the print in bright colors and shadow prints. If you’ve got great shoulders, this keyhole dress is an ideal option, while the color works well with sunkissed skin.

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The wedge is without a doubt the hot shoe for spring/summer 2013. This leopard print version works equally well with jeans or a pair of cropped khakis.

The oversize clutch is the current must-have for day or night adventures. The addition of a leopard print only adds to its luxe, sophisticated feel. The combo of a chicly simple structure and sumptuous print makes this clutch the perfect companion for everything from jeans and a T-shirt to a breezy summer maxi dress.

A sexy leopard sheath offers flattering shape for everyone from Hourglass gals to Rulers, thanks to its cunning use of vertical shading through the print.

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Leopard has been a hot choice for swim since the days of Bettie Page and Raquel Welch. With its empire line and halter neck, this one-piece style is a scintillating choice for curvy figures. As an added bonus, it’s reversible to—what else?—solid red.

A classic triangle bikini gets a bold, bright update in eye-catching turquoise leopard.

Ann Taylor modern leopard print bikini top and bottom, $48 each

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