How The Leopard Got Its Spots

There's something about a leopard coat. Mine's a simple Forever 21 find from years and years ago and even though I only wear it once or twice a year, I'll never get rid of it (unless I somehow find an even better one to replace it with). It's all old Hollywood glamor; Marilyn Monroe with her perfectly coiffed hair and signature red lipstick on a honeymoon, or the even more provocative incarnation of a leopard unitard on Bettie Page. A far stretch from Christian Dior's midi-length leopard sheath dress of 1947 which he said to only wear if "you [have] a kind of femininity which is a little bit sophisticated; if you are fair and sweet, don't wear it." But a leopard coat is also 70s counterculture, leopard next to ripped jeans on punk rock stars like Debbie Harry. Then's there the vintage leopard coat with beaten up Doc Martens version that I usually see on angular girls with messy hair, perhaps imitating the casual-chic style of Kate Moss. And have we already forgotten the red leopard scarf craze that Louis Vuitton sparked in 2007? Everyone I knew had one or wanted one. In some ways I think Christian Dior was right--leopard print might not be for everyone, but it's certainly for anyone who wants that hard-to-attain it-girl feeling...

Outfit details:
Forever 21 coat (old, similar)
*pictures by Thomas



  1. that jacket is so fun! and the lighting in these photos is perfect. so gorgeous!


  2. Oh how I love that dress! I can feel it and how wonderful it would be to wear. I want it right now. LOL. It is a truly wonderful outfit. If I can comment though, I would prefer a more opaque pair of tights, but than I don't care for sheers. Other than that I think you look VERY beautiful in that outfit. I am sooo jealous!

  3. I love leopard. I can't get enough of this print. I subscribe to the quote by Jenna Lyons: " As far as I'm concerned, leopard is a neutral." But only in one or two (small) doses at a time. That coat is perfection!

  4. Beautiful photography :) And the silk dress seems to drape beautifully!

  5. I have to admit, I used to HATE leopard. But done like this, or the doc martens and messy hair version you mention, I can definitely get behind that.

  6. please tell me you were off to a fabulously romantic date with your Irishman! a lady who wears leaopard and silk and long gloves needs to be taken out on the town!


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