I’m not a strict follower of fashion trends. I prefer instead to concentrate on great fit, flattering cuts, and a mostly classic personal style. But how can those of us who love art not be inspired by the creativity and aesthetic concepts of designers? And how can anyone intrigued by human behavior not be fascinated by the interaction between culture, street style, and fashion?

Today’s fashion is embracing a 70s vibe. You know (or might remember), that era: a focus on experimentation, eco-consciousness, individuality, vintage shopping, and androgyny. Sounds familiar, right?

One of my favorite manifestations – besides flare-legged jeans – is leopard print!

leopard print in street style
L.A. and London

Not too long ago I hated leopard print, perceiving it as cheap and tacky. I still have little interest in low-cut leopard-print tops or anything super tight and/or shiny in that pattern. But now with a vintage aura, leopard has taken on a whole new (fun!) charm for me.

Leopard print in street style, London
Near King’s Road, London

According to fashion bible Women’s Wear Daily, 2016 resort wear is heavy on wild animal prints. Even with non-resort-conditions in London, I couldn’t help but notice on a recent trip there, it’s huge popularity. With quite cool weather yet, these coats are super on point for spring. 
leopard print in street style #3

Some take on an edgy vibe (as pictured above) while others have a softer, elegant charm (below).

leopard print in street style

Or if you want a more subtle dose of leopard, how about shoes in that pattern? They are hugely versatile, working with almost any palette.

leopard print in street style #5
London
Liliya Anisimova's shoes for a Met exhibit
Remember Liliya’s outfit for an event at the Met?

In Beverly Hills, the Leggiadro shop of Italian designs is embracing the look. I certainly wouldn’t mind any of these pieces (below) for a cruise or resort stay, would you?

leopard print in L.A.
Leggiadro, N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills

For either resort or non-resort occasions, these Tom Ford heels would look totally hot with an all red or black dress, I’m thinking.

leopard print in L.A.
Tom Ford, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

In Santa Monica, I noticed a dude sporting the look. The same shirt would undoubtedly look great on his girlfriend with a short straight skirt…and maybe all-black sneakers with white soles. After all, when in Rome…that part of L.A. has a more beachy, casual vibe.

leopard print in street style, L.A.
Santa Monica Promenade

Whether you want to go boho-grunge, high-end resort, or elegant, you might want to consider – or if you’re like me, re-consider – leopard print. (Of course, if you are more like Liliya, you might actually prefer zebras!)

Which is your favorite look? Hope you are as inspired as I was by these leopard sightings.

XO, Janea

 

Psst! Want one more more for the road? Check out a recent sighting in Paris by The Sartorialist.  


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22 Comments on One Foot in the 70s: Leopard Print

  1. Melissa from Hey,Girlfriend.Net
    April 25, 2016 at 11:49 am (1 year ago)

    I love the photos of the first two ladies in London! And I also love leopard print! I am not sure if I own any right now, except for the linings in a few items. My earliest fashion icon, Rod Stewart, introduced me to the sassiness of leopard!

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    • Janea
      April 25, 2016 at 11:54 am (1 year ago)

      Glad you like those first two, Melissa. I also love the way Rod Stewart wore leopard! XO

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  2. Amy Arnold
    April 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm (1 year ago)

    I love a touch of leopard! I also love the 70s vibe happening right now. Great inspiration!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    • Janea
      April 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm (1 year ago)

      Glad you were inspired, Amy Ann. I too love the 70s thing. Janea XO

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  3. Whitney & Blaire
    April 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm (1 year ago)

    I agree, leopard started out rocky, but it now has a solid place in fashion. I am pretty subtle with my leopard keeping it to accessories. But I respect anyone that can boldly wear a leopard coat well!

    Xoxo,

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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    • Janea
      April 26, 2016 at 12:43 pm (1 year ago)

      Yes, I totally agree – just a dash of leopard for me too, Whitney & Blaire! Janea XO

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    • Janea
      April 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm (1 year ago)

      So true, Kelsey! Janea XO

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    • Janea
      May 2, 2016 at 2:17 pm (12 months ago)

      Glad you’re inspired, Molly! Janea XO

      Reply
  4. David
    April 26, 2016 at 10:31 pm (1 year ago)

    The great photos indeed!

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    • Janea
      April 27, 2016 at 7:44 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you, David! 🙂 Janea

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    • Janea
      May 2, 2016 at 2:20 pm (12 months ago)

      I would love a pair myself, Monica! Janea XO

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    • Janea
      April 27, 2016 at 7:47 am (1 year ago)

      Glad you you find it inspiring, Gemma! Janea XO

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    • Janea
      April 28, 2016 at 5:13 pm (12 months ago)

      Thank you, Adi! Janea XO

      Reply
  5. Amy Arnold
    May 3, 2016 at 6:12 am (12 months ago)

    I love leopard! I am actually wearing my leopard trench coat today. 🙂

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    • Janea
      May 3, 2016 at 7:53 am (12 months ago)

      Good for you, Amy! I’d love to see it! Janea XO

      Reply

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