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The Leopard Print Revival Is Upon Us

BY Abynah Candace

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Between Wales Bonner’s ultra-hot Adidas Sambas and Michael Kors’s entire spring 2024 front row, it was a great year for leopard print. With the Indie Sleaze revival on the horizon, the proliferation of animal print is a major sign of its second coming. But the leopard print craze didn’t start with the party girls of the 2010s. (In fact, it was worn in both iterations of the movie Party Girl, starring Cyd Charisse in 1958 and Parker Posey in 1995.) And the spots have found fans as far flung as Queen Elizabeth, Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, and later on, Kate Moss and the Spice Girls’ Mel B.

Still, leopard print can be a daunting addition to a wardrobe, especially if one is pivoting from the minimalist aesthetic we’ve been seeing the past few seasons. Thankfully, we can look to the stars for some styling tips.

PARTY GIRL Cyd Charisse 1958
Parker Posey in Party Girl
Mel B

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2023 saw no shortage of stars rocking leopard print. Some preferred a lighter touch, using a sparing splashh of print to add a kick to their outfits. Kourtney Kardashian, in the purest indie sleaze interpretation of them all, leaned into kitsch, wearing her leopard print shorts with a Madonna T-shirt and trendy moto boots. Her sister, Kendall Jenner, however, opted for a subtler leopard print on her coat collar.

Some chose to use one leopard print piece as an accent, often pairing it with black to amplify the impact. Selma Blair, Maya Hawke, and Rosamund Pike all subscribed to this method this year, adding animal patterned jackets, blouses, and skirts, to their otherwise-all-black outfits.

PALM DESERT CA  APRIL 8 Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian are seen out and about on April 8 2023 in Palm Desert...
NEW YORK NEW YORK  MAY 03 Kendall Jenner is seen out and about on May 03 2023 in New York City.
NEW YORK NY  OCTOBER 05 Selma Blair is seen at the Today show on October 05 2023 in New York City.
NEW YORK NEW YORK  DECEMBER 11 Rosamund Pike attends the SAGAFTRA Foundation screening and QA of Saltburn at SAGAFTRA...
NEW YORK NY  NOVEMBER 20 Maya Hawke is seen attending the Saks  Christian Dior holiday window display unveiling at Saks...

For those who may not be ready to plunge into a full leopard look, another approach to styling includes a bold accessory. Both Dua Lipa and Halle Berry showed off their printed bags: Berry toting a duffle bag through the airport, Lipa pairing her shoulder bag with a sculptural knit dress and Kiki boots. 

On the other hand—or, rather, foot—director Janicza Bravo and diver Tom Daley showed off some funky footwear this past year. The Zola director gave a masterclass in power-clashing, attending a Miu Miu event wearing a classic plaid kilt styled with leopard lace up Oxfords. Meanwhile, the Olympian paired his loafers with a sweet pink sweater, matching saddle bag, and gray suit. 

New York NY  EXCLUSIVE  Actress Halle Berry was seen making her way through JFK Airport in NYC accompanied by an...
NEW YORK NEW YORK  APRIL 30 Dua Lipa is seen arriving for a preMet Gala dinner hosted by Anna Wintour in SoHo on April...
LONDON ENGLAND  NOVEMBER 23 Janicza Bravo attends the Miu Miu Select event featuring a special curated selection of Miu...
LONDON ENGLAND  NOVEMBER 15 Tom Daley attends at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2023 at The Royal Opera House on November...

But one of the most classic approaches to leopard print is to simply go big. Irina Shayk committed to the animal pattern this year, wearing it on several occasions. Her favorite item seemed to be the maxi dress, which she styled with sneakers. Winnie Harlow also took to the red carpet in a slinky, full-length leopard print frock with long sleeves and rosettes at the hip. And who could rock this print it better than J.Lo, who went for triple leopard? In May of 2023, Lopez wore a long-sleeved minidress embellished with ostrich feathers over a pair of sequined tights, and finished off the look with leopard stilettos. Now that’s commitment to the bit!

So whether you’re leopard-curious and want to dip your toe in with some light accents, or if you’re ready to pedal to the metal, we predict that 2024 will be a big year for leopard print.

New York NY  Irina Shayk is all smiles in a leopard print dress while enjoying an ice cream cone in Manhattans West...
NEW YORK NY  SEPTEMBER 11 Irina Shayk is seen arriving at the Michael Kors Fashion Show on September 11 2023 in New York...
NEW YORK NY  MAY 03 Jennifer Lopez is seen arriving at the 'Live with Kelly and Mark' Show on May 03 2023 in New York City.
TORONTO ONTARIO  OCTOBER 26 Winnie Harlow attends 2023 United Nations Association in Canada Global Citizen Award Gala...

Shop our favorite leopard print items, below.

EVARAE

Rizo leopard-print swimsuit

$320

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ALAÏA

Rose Marie mini leopard-print clutch

$1,890

MYTHERESA

GANNI

Leopard Pring Bucket Hat

$95

GANNI

LE MONDE BÉRYL

leopard-print pony-hair Mary Jane flats

$448

MATCHES

DOLCE & GABBANA

Chenille crop top with jacquard leopard design

$745

DOLCE & GABBANA

RAEY

Uniform leopard wide-leg trousers

$690

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DOLCE & GABBANA

leopard-print coated-canvas trench coat

$4,995

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NORMA KAMALI

Sleeping Bag leopard-print jacket

$472

MYTHERESA

ALAÏA

leopard-print knee boots

$2,470

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MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS

jacquard leopard dress

$275 $144

MICHAEL KORS

RODARTE

leopard-print silk crepe de chine maxi dress

$1,380

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FERRAGAMO

Siwar leopard calf-hair flats

$1,090

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

DOLCE & GABBANA

leopard-print swimsuit

$545

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SAKS POTTS

Laura leopard-print jacket

$703

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RIXO

Attiya printed slip dress

$314

MYTHERESA

Dionysous messenger bag

$6,500

GUCCI

VALENTINO GARAVANI

VLOGO bucket bag

$1,750 $1,050

NORDSTROM

RIXO

Rosella cropped lace-trimmed leopard-print crepe top

$200

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