Holly White wears: Leopard
Published 16/09/2010 | 10:33
Animal prints and faux fur work 24/7, are great at night but work equally well over jeans and daytime knits. Leopard print is our favourite, but you will spot a little ocelot prowling its way along the store rails. D&G has blazed a trail with leopard-print outerwear and luxury linings, but this season the high street has embraced the bigcat print and the coats
Of all of the looks, this was probably my favouritebecause the leopard injection was subtle and fun. The print is quite brash, so keep it simple when youare pairing it with other pieces. I think these shortsare a great investment and will work perfectly withblack tights as it starts to get colder. I love thesharpness of the black on top paired with the frivolityof the shorts.
A leopard-print dress evokes polar opposites in my mind: on the one hand, I think ‘trashy’, and on the other, I think deep luxury. I set out to find pieces in between these two extremes — trendy, yet not flashy. I loved the structure of this dress. The pockets at the front make it feel quite casual, but it certainly doesn’t give that impression on. I really liked the draping effect on the skirt and the V-neckline of the dress. I never thought I would like this bronze colour, but it turned out to be far more flattering than I expected. Leopard-print dress with bronze detail, €189, Supertrash; Shoe-boots, €200, Carvela.
Can leopard-print work for the office? I wasn’t sure until I found this dress. This is probably one of the most conservative leopard-skin pieces I’ve ever worn, but I quite liked it. It is very discreet and it looks quite formal. The belt detail with metal fastenings adds a slight rock ’n’ roll edge to the overall look. Grey-and-black dress with belted detail, €81, Jarlo. Available from Born, Newtownsmith, Galway, Imasa, O’Connell Street, Limerick and Amity, Carey’s Lane, Cork; Shoe-boots, €200, Carvela
Trends come and go with such speed that it pays to be a savvy, cautious shopper — especially if you’re cashstrapped. This scarf is a great way to embrace the leopard-skin trend without spending a fortune. You can wear it multiple ways. It is big and warm, and perfect for adding a feline touch to anything in a super, costeffective manner.
As simple, cheap and cheerful dresses go, this is a winner. This is one of those flattering dresses that can be dressed up or down depending on your mood. I fiddled around with the belted part and made the overall shape quite empire-like, but you could leave it loose for a more relaxed look.