There’s no denying that leopard print is a classic. A wardrobe staple that endures through decades of flash-in-the-pan trends, it’s a timeless look that never goes out of style. That said, when done right, leopard is sophisticated and chic—but it can also go oh, so wrong.
Nailing this must-have fall pattern starts with choosing the leopard piece that works for you—and keeping it fairly simple. Whether you go for just a touch of animal print or embrace the trend full on, sticking to streamlined silhouettes keeps your look elevated and potentially even, dare we say, work appropriate (yes, it can be done). Ahead, shop eight spotted styles that are wildly wearable.
If allover animal print feels too over-the-top, dip your toe—or neck—into the trend with a leopard-accented piece. This sweater, with its contrast collar, is ladylike, understated, and works with everything from an office-ready pencil skirt to your favorite jeans.
An easy way to stay on the sophisticated side of this print is with low pumps. A block-heel, square-toe style takes the animal aesthetic down several notches, making this pair ideal for daytime. Slip them on with a pleated, knee-length skirt or pants that hit above the ankle for an instantly polished look.
Hit the Right Spot
A sleek midi-length pencil skirt provides a fresh update to your work wardrobe. Look for patterns with less contrast in more muted tones, especially if you’re taking this trend to your day job. Depending on the office dress code, you can pair it with a crisp white button-down (tucked in), blazer, or chunky knit in a neutral color. Or try it for date night with a fitted black top.
The Cat’s in the Bag
If you’re slightly commitment phobic about this trend, opt for a leopard-print handbag—it adds just the right amount of boldness to your look. Try a style where the print is broken up by a solid color. This structured bowling bag with top handles is refined enough for work—and comes with a weekend-ready crossbody strap option. Plus, we love the goldtone hardware, which doubles as a detachable key ring.
The key to keeping leopard looking high end is to balance out the sultry vibe of the print—and, yes, that’s totally possible even with a fitted dress. Sleeves, a midi hemline, and mock neck keep your look tasteful, not tacky. Wear this piece on its own or layer it under a black blazer or leather jacket for a little more coverage or when temperatures drop.
A Different Kind of Cat Eye
Another easy way to incorporate this trend into your closet? Swap out those tortoiseshell sunglasses for a leopard-print pair. The difference is subtle and stylish, and works with virtually every outfit (and skin tone).
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Ankle boots are a great way to get your fall fashion fix while the weather is still temperamental. We love how this leopard print is subtler than the standard variety, making it an accessible option that won’t overpower the rest of your outfit or look costumey. Bonus: The kitten (aptly also in the feline family) heel is comfortable and won’t slow you down.
The Purr-fect Belt
A leopard belt is a quick and easy way to add interest to a classic ensemble. Try cinching this calf-hair option over a flowy dress or looping it through your favorite denim for a luxe finishing touch.
Ready to tackle the trend? Choose your favorite pieces from above and pounce before others get their claws on them and they sell out.