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Are you ever too old to wear leopard print?

by Dominique Beverton

My initial response to this question was NO! This was also 100% confirmed by some of my great instagram followers, thanks for your feedback.

So it seems that we still have this idea you should not wear leopard print over a ‘certain age’. But where does this come from? I've always thought of it as classic along with a trench or camel.

Coat from TESCO

(This fabulous woman is 72 , she asked me to mention that.)

We discussed Vogue, she now prefers Harper's.

One thing that is clear to me (as these photos show), is that the trick to making it work is a pared-down casual look. Wear it sparingly, one piece at a time as if it were a neutral.

This dress is from ZARA - £69.99

Jumper £79 &OtherStories

This &OtherStories jumper can be dressed up or down with denim or leather, and is a good transitional piece as we go into Spring.

But, for me, the key to this whole look is the hair and makeup, which can change everything. Try a clean fresh base, with a subtle bronzer and hair that looks seemingly untouched by a brush. Add a red lipstick or a smokey eye but nothing else!

Bronzing powder by BOBBI BROWN - £30

Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser - £34

Lipstick is Chanel Rouge Tentation

There are so many colours and variations of this print, making it very adaptable. For that cool edgy 'just got out of bed' style, I think vintage faux works best, but if you haven’t got time try Yumi at House of Fraser or ASOS. For a lighter, tailored look, Karen Millen has a great trench and flats, which are great for Spring.

Trench by KAREN MILLEN £275

Shoes by KAREN MILLEN - £145

On the animal print theme, crocodile and lizard are also big this season, especially in accessories. Nothing new there! Except of course it's not real skin anymore - thank goodness.

The same rules apply here - keep it simple.

I love these boots from Topshop.

On a final note, which somewhat contradicts everything I've just said, I have to mention Bet Lynch (for all you die-hard Corrie fans). Instead of seeing her style in a somewhat negative way, why not adapt it to a more wearable way? Lots of leopard print, plus more leopard print, can look incredible and cool, with a bit of gold or black thrown into the mix.

For more current inspiration look no further than Vanessa @themodeledit, who knows how to work pretty much anything, including leopard print.

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