Aaaah, leopard print. The print I swore years and years ago when I was wee and naïve that I’d never wear because I thought it looked “trashy” whenever I saw Kat from Eastenders wearing it, or “cheap” even though I saw rich, snobby ladies in movies wearing leopard print coats.
Then I saw Helen Anderson’s Instagram, and sorted myself out.
Leopard print, I have come to find, despite my earlier prejudices, is a very cool and versatile print. You can make it really girly, you can make it really grungy, or you can make it very classy and really play it up. Personally, I like the grungy route. Lily Melrose’s Insta has been a serious source of inspo lately – I even bought an all-over leopard print smock jumpsuit because of her! (I did have to send it back, though – it was a little too much leopard print for the acreage of these thighs.)
This skirt was a little bit of a fashion push for me, because I’ve always had a weird complex with the midi cut and my lower legs. I love the midi cut and all the different styles they come in, but I’m very particular about the length they are. For me to wear them, they have to come below the middle of my calf. Any higher than that and I feel like it just shows off how shapeless and frumpy my lower legs and cankles are. Don’t you just love body insecurities? I went with this one though because it’s the exact right length that I don’t feel as insecure about my ankles or width of my calves, and I already owned it in black so I thought might as well.
Look 1: Clean Grunge (or “I Will Step On A Man’s Heart and Mean It”)
This is the outfit out of all these that I feel most like myself in. This is also my new favourite t-shirt – it’s longline and oversized, but not crazily so, and it is the softest thing I own. Like all my comfy t-shirts, it’s an ASOS number. Just the boots, t-shirt, and skirt makes for a cute end-of-Spring/Autumnal moment, but then the faux leather jacket across the shoulders really elevates it and takes it from day to night. This jacket is a lil tight on the arms for me now, so wearing it like this is my way of still feeling cool and mobile in this wardrobe staple. This would be an ideal outfit for a casual dinner-and-drinks evening, or even date night!
Jacket: Marks and Spencer (similar)
Skirt: New Look
Boots: Schuh (similar)
Look 2: All Dressed Up with Nowhere to Go
This is a pretty cute look too, I’m not gonna lie. I love how my body looks with a wider neckline and higher, tighter waistline. I do have a more hourglass figure, but that gets lost pretty quickly under my clothes unless they’re super skin tight (which I never wear), so seeing it more obviously here is really nice. I love my curves! Also, my tits are the star accessory of this outfit – god bless Ann Summers!
I am also wearing some chunky, gold statement earrings with this, but my hair’s in the way. Maybe some matching chunky gold rings would work too, and a little gold chain crossbody bag?
Bodysuit: Missguided (similar)
Skirt: New Look
Shoes: New Look (similar)
Look 3: European Holiday
I don’t know what it is about this outfit in particular, but it makes me feel like I’m on holiday. I don’t know if it’s the floaty, longer line silhouette, the chunky sandals, the fact my arms are out, but it makes me feel like I’m about to embark on my daily excursion around Barcelona on a sunny holiday. It’s a super comfortable and light ensemble, so it probably could be a good one to pack, actually.
Keeping it simple with the accessories is how I’ve worked with this outfit, but a simple black crossbody bag would be a good addition, one with plenty of room for the souvenirs you pick up along the way!
Vest: ASOS (similar)
Skirt: New Look
Sandals: ASOS (similar)
Look 4: Soft Grunge
I like this outfit because it toes the grungy line, but doesn’t go too hard. You’ve got the darker colour palette, platform classic Vans, and the statement leopard print, but the headband and washed-out charcoal t-shirt softens it up a little and makes it more femme. This is the perfect “looks like I’ve made an effort but really haven’t” outfit that you could wear to visit family, or for popping to Tesco – doesn’t matter where you’re going! You look presentable and cute, so what more could you want?
Headband: New Look
T-shirt: Topshop (similar)
Skirt: New Look
Buying this skirt was definitely a style risk for me because I had absolutely nothing like this in my wardrobe at the time. But I’m glad I bought it, because it’s opened me up exploring different styles with the basic pieces I already own. I’ve basically been able to increase my outfit rotation three-fold by buying one skirt! That makes this an investment piece (I think?) with a solid high street price tag, so it’s a definite win-win situation.
Talk to you later,