BFrom leopard to snake and zebra prints, it’s pretty much a safari out there. Flashy and luxurious, it’s a proven fact that women can’t resist leopard.

Just take a look through fashion history books. Leopard, in particular, has been dominating the fashion world for decades. It’s definitely “timeless” in all aspects. From the era of Cleopatra to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the 1960s to present day Beyoncé, leopard print was and still is a classic staple.

Leopard is a great way to show off your trendsetting style all year round. What’s also great about this print is that it can be worn by women of all ages. It’s classic in every way.

So, if you want to pull off a leopard print without looking like you’re going to a Halloween party, here are some fashion tips to guide you.

Treat leopard as your neutral.

It’s basically a black, white and khaki all in one. A little animal print here and there can only elevate your outfit.

Be cautious mixing and matching.

The classic way to wear animal print is with a solid color. Even though mixing and matching seems to be trending at the moment, it’s definitely not recommended for everyone.

Less is more.

No matter how much you love animal prints, you do not want to look like a fashion victim. Wear one item at a time. There’s no need to wear a leopard coat with a leopard scarf and leopard shoes – just one of these items will be suffice.

Think outside of the box.

Add a pop of color; exotic leopard prints can be show stopping paired with some vibrant hues. Or, if you’re feeling a little daring, why not don a red bold leopard print? Many designers are showing animals prints in happy colors of blue, pink and yellow, just to name a few.

Keep it classy.

Wearing leopard is not so easy. In order not to look frilly and silly, you need to be extra cautious. Don’t overdo it and keep clothing lines clear and crisp. A pencil skirt or shift dress is perfect examples.

Accessorize.  The fashion market is filled with leopard and animal prints. If you just want a hint of leopard, try something as little as a belt or a leopard print bag. Let it be your statement piece for your outfit.

Don’t forget shoes.

Leopard print shoes – whether it is a pair of flats, heels or boots – can be a glamorous staple that completes your look.

Wear it with confidence.

There may be a few of you out there who would feel nervous while wearing a leopard print, but what matters most is your self-confidence. Like my motto goes: If you feel fabulous, then will look like a fashionista.

If you want to know more about leopard print, visit my website at StyleBySoneca.com.

By Soneca Guadara

Soneca Guadara is a personal fashion stylist who makes her clients feel beautiful and confident. When Soneca is not working her magic assisting her clients, she can be found working backstage at New York Fashion Week, working on location shoots and contributing as an on-air fashion/style expert and style writer. You can follow Soneca on her Instagram (@stylebysoneca) for weekly style tips.

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