Image:  Getty Images, Nicky Hilton Rothschild

The Indie Sleaze Influence

The latest revival of leopard print coincides with the Indie Sleaze aesthetic, which has been percolating for a few years. This trend draws inspiration from the aughts decade, inching forward from the Y2K era. Alongside ballet flats, skinny jeans, black tights, headbands, and smudgy makeup, leopard print plays a star role in this nostalgic revival1.

Jenna Lyons’ Fashion Maxim

During her tenure at J.Crew, Jenna Lyons famously declared that leopard print is a neutral. And we so agree!  Truth be told, there’s something so smooth and alluring about a good animal print.  Follow the golden rule of animal prints: limit your look to one statement piece and keep the rest of your outfit neutral. It’s a subtle way to incorporate the trend without overwhelming your ensemble.

Nicky Hilton’s Elegant Take On Animal Print

Designer and multi-hyphenate Nicky Hilton Rothschild demonstrates how to master leopard print in the Indie Sleaze era. Her faux-fur leopard print coat, paired with skinny jeans, black ballet flats, and a re-edition Marc Jacobs quilted leather Stam bag, exudes sophistication and nostalgia. Take cues from Nicky’s elegant ensemble when incorporating leopard print into your wardrobe1.

Rules for Wearing Leopard Print

  1. Cool-Toned Prints: Opt for cool-toned leopard prints rather than warm-toned ones. The cooler hues add a modern twist and complement a variety of skin tones2.
  2. One Statement Piece: Stick to one leopard print item per outfit. 
  3. Mix with Neutrals: Pair leopard print with neutrals like black, white, or beige. 
  4. Balance with Sleek Silhouettes: Opt for sleek and tailored silhouettes to balance the boldness of leopard print.

Leopard print is more than a trend; it’s a timeless motif that continues to captivate fashion enthusiasts. Whether you’re channeling the Indie Sleaze vibe or simply adding a touch of wild elegance to your wardrobe, embrace the power of leopard print in 2024.