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Friday, May 24, 2024

It's time to release your inner feline this season.

Found in shoes, scarves and handbags, leopard-print accessories are in. The feisty print is a quick and simple way to spice up any outfit, but you just need to know the right - and the wrong - way to wear it.

The bottom line is this: Leopard-print doesn't match with anything, which means it matches with everything. When you start trying to match your entire outfit to your leopard-print accessories, that's when you cross the line into tacky.

Don't worry about trying to match. If you stick with warm tones and stay away from neon or bright colors, you'll look great.

One great way to add the print to your outfit is with shoes. Whether it's flats, pumps or high-heels, adding a leopard-print shoe to an otherwise drab outfit is a super-chic way to boost your style.

Take a cue from Katherine Heigl, who wore a pair of leopard-print flats with jeans, a black tank, long cardigan and red leather bag. It also works for more sophisticated outfits. Eva Longoria wore a pair of leopard-print peep-toe pumps with a high-waisted black pencil skirt and white blouse. It gave her that extra bit of sexy for an otherwise "all business" type of look.

Another way to add in the print is with a scarf. Try using the scarf to break up an all-black outfit like Mary-Kate Olsen did.

She wore a black jacket over a long black dress and draped an extra-long leopard-print scarf over the whole thing, making it the center of attention.

And of course, the easiest way to transform an entire outfit is by adding a really cute bag.

The great thing about bags is that they don't have to match your outfit, so the leopard-print is no exception. In fact, you should never intentionally try to match your bag to your outfit. It's the easiest way to make you look a little too matchy-matchy.

Leopard-print bags can be dressed up or down. You can pair them with jeans and a T-shirt or a cocktail dress so long as the size matches the occasion.

For example, if you're going for more of a daytime look, an oversized tote would work, but if you're pairing it with something dressier, I would try a clutch instead.

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If you don't aim to match, use the print to break up solid colors and transition seamlessly from day to night. This feisty trend is sure to heat up your wardrobe.

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