I will?never?part with my Amy Winehouse-inspired over-sized, shaggy, leopard-print coat. Now in it's 10th (or so) year, the fur is slightly matted in parts, the top button has seen three replacements, and the collar?has permanent makeup stains. Apart from the feelings of nostalgia - and the sweet memories of Amy's music, it has been the perfect accompaniment to every trend this past decade. It's my 'throw-over-the-shoulder-on-chilly-mornings' coat, yet perfectly accompanies an LBD on Friday nights.
I guess it falls back to my love of felines and the resulting crossover effect it has had on my wardrobe. I'm not a cat person per say?- I'm a life-long dog owner - but there's something unearthly sexy about those brown spots, and the sense of confidence I feel with a spotted-trouser (or coat) and winged-eye combination. After all, leopards are the queens of the jungle; our jungle just happens to be a concrete one.
From dresses to boots and trousers, below are three trends that honour this perfect cat trend for aw17.
Do It With?A Dress
Wear your spots loud and proud. Alternate with varying lengths for interchanging seasons (and moods!). I love this Vivienne Westwood capped-sleeve, draped dress (below, right) which can be worn perfectly with a cosy polo neck beneath or go bare-armed for after work dinner parties.
Left-right; Michael Kors Wrap-effect leopard-print stretch-jersey dress, ?97.50 at theoutnet.com,?Flared Sleeve Skater Dress by Glamorous, ?50 at Topshop, Vivienne Westwood AnglomaniaVasari leopard-print draped dress, ?545 at Matchesfashion.com
A quick google of 'street style 2017' and your screen will be filled with spotted-trousers in every colour.?These trousers pack a punch, so keep the rest of your outfit minimal for the perfect, chic approach to the leopard print.
Missguided Leopard Print Cigarette Trouser, ?40.54 at Asos,?V by Very?Jacquard Animal Trouser, €19 at littlewoodsireland.ie, tailored Mix & Match Highwaist Cigarette Trousers In Animal Print, €47.30 at Asos.
Do A Double Whammy
If you're bold enough, why not go top and bottom leopard-heavy? Because, deep down, we still wish we owned a clone of Shania Twain's wardrobe** from her 1997 hit "That don't impress me much". Oh, Shania, that DOES impress us, much.
*midriff exposure optional
Brian Atwood Renee leopard-print calf hair knee boots, ?647.50 at theoutnet.com, Shrimps Patrick leopard-print faux-fur coat, ?702 at Matchesfashion.com, rawr Cross Body Bag by Skinnydip, ?29 at Topshop