Leopard Coat (similar here) // MOUSSY Jeans // CHANEL Heels

When it comes to fashion favorites, leopard print will always make my short list. Though the print is often included in the seasonal “trend” reports in magazines, I never think of it as a trend. Because it’s not. Leopard is a classic – a timeless print that will always (!) be in style. Knowing that I’ll be wearing the print for years to come makes it a worthy wardrobe investment in my book. The key is just to buy the right pieces.

My approach to leopard is simple: I treat it as a neutral. Like a classic stripe tee, I mix my spots with anything and everything. It makes for an easy pairing with any solid color – think: this leopard-print skirt or these pants with just about any color sweater – or simplify it even more and top off head-to-toe black with this leopard coat. I also love the way it looks mixed with other prints – especially stripes. I think stripes and spots are a match made in print heaven. In fact, this J.Crew stripe tee worn underneath my leopard coat has been a regular part of my uniform lately. If you prefer to ease your way into leopard, this same thinking also applies to accessories. A touch of leopard in the form of shoes (love these), a fab handbag, or even just a belt is a perfect way to finish out an outfit.

One last tip: if you’re looking to add some spots to your closet, start with a great coat. You can opt for a classic midi-length like this one (on sale!) or this one. (If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, try this under-$100 coat.) In the alternative, you could go for something on the shorter side like this jacket or this blazer.

For a complete list of my leopard-print favorites (including lots that are on sale!), scroll through the shopping list below.

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