Cheetah Print: An Introductory Guide
By Marisa Steinberg, July 24th, 2012
Somewhere down the road of fashion history, cheetah print got a sketchy rep. Despite classy manifestations on powerful, dignified women, the cat pattern is commonly associated with Pebbles Flintstone, Playboy Bunnies and Jersey housewives. Having had such questionable representation throughout the years (no offense, Pebbles), it’s no wonder many of you shy away from the bold print. However, even those with the most unbearable cat allergies can ease into rocking this classic pattern. The key is to take the feline print and turn down the contrast so the look is faded, but still undeniably fierce. Below are our tips for slowly digging your claws into this trend and staying on the classy side of the cheetah spectrum.
RED Valentino Leopard Flower Bow Pants; $450, shopbop.com
A little optical illusion is a fun way to get started. Looks like leopard from afar, but a closer look reveals a playful flower print.
Yves Saint Laurent Leopard-print silk-mousseline blouse; $1,795, net-a-porter.com
In a silk front-tie blouse, the catty print manages to look almost ethereal. Very office-appropriate.
Pierre Hardy Wedged Ankle Boot; $775, farfetch.com
Adds a little interest to a skinny jeans and boots combo.
Current/Elliott BF Shorts; $178, revolveclothing.com
Spots so faded, they’re practically khakis.
Avec Moderation Two Strap Sandal; $192, farfetch.com
The print feels more refined when paired with pastels like this refreshing shade of mint.