I think this picture says it all…. We Lesser Mortals worry about what we are going to look like if we embrace the leopard print trend. But fear  not! I think ladies and mums of a certain age can look very chic in leopard print – but I’m afraid it’s going to cost you. Imagine….friday night, loads of alcohol, cheap tight leopard lycra, stilettos, cleavage out……yes, exactly what we need to steer away from. So my advise to We Lesser Mortals is DON”T BUY IT IF IT LOOKS CHEAPLY MADE – or you will look cheap. I’m not saying it has to cost the earth, but does it look cheap?

Here are some items which I suggest can look elegant at work, in the playground, networking etc. If in doubt, accessories are easy to wear, but ultimately I suggest teaming well made, expensive looking shoes, bags, knitwear with your leopard print items, and tone them down.

leopard looks

  • Imogen skirt – Fenn Wright and Manson. £120. Polyester cotton mix, dry clean. fabulous with court hoes, knee length boots and toned down with a simple jumper. A modest length and suiting most body shapes.
  • Red leopard wool jacquard dress – Karen Millen. £175. Nylon/wool mix – dry clean only, so maybe not so good it you have kids running around with sticky fingers. A very subtle print with many end uses. It gives curves to straighter figures, and will balance out broad shoulders.
  • Animal print shirt – Next. £28. 100% polyester. Again, worn toned down with jeans, or with a leather pencil skirt

If these ideas are still freaking you out, how about some more subtle accessories – the shoes may look scary, but see how subtle they are when worn.hobbs leopard shoes 2hobbs leopard shoes 1

London Alana court shoes – Hobbs £139

mango belt leopard

Leopard print belt – Mango £39.99

So leopard print can look chic!! Go on – release your inner kitty!!