One Foot in the 70s: Leopard Print

25th April

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


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 responses to “One Foot in the 70s: Leopard Print”

  1. 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!

  2. Amy Arnold says:

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

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  3. 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!


    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  4. Kelsey Bang says:

    cant go wrong with some fun leopard print!

  5. molly says:

    I love those leopard booties! 🙂


  6. David says:

    The great photos indeed!

  7. Mónica Sors says:

    Booties with this style are the best 😉

    Mónica Sors

  8. Gemma says:

    Love this leopard print inspiration. Gemma x

  9. I love this beautiful pattern! 🙂

    Photography & Fashion Blog

  10. Adi says:

    Stunning! Leopard is always awesome!

    Adi xx

  11. hanna says:

    Love the style thanks for sharing –Hanna Lei

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  12. Amy Arnold says:

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

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style


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