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Choose some Leopard to update your wardrobe

Updated on August 17, 2010

Leopard prints make big fashion statement

Fall 2010:  Leopard still all over the runways! In more varieties than ever before! Ann Taylor stores/designs showing Leopard everywhere...but that's just the beginning. If you haven't added some sort of Leopard print to your wardrobe, don't overlook this fashion...the trend just keeps on being hot!

Leopard prints are enjoying a lot of attention from fashion labels as exclusive as Roberto Cavalli to as reasonably priced as Forever 21. Throw in the more mainstream labels Jones New York and Ralph Lauren, and Leopard's everywhere right now! It might take a lot of confidence to wear full out leopard as well as Katie Holmes Cruise does, below, but anyone could update their look with a leopard print belt, scarf, cardigan, even a sleek headband or sexy leopard pump. No matter how little leopard you might choose...it definitely says bold, confident, current. And don't we all want to be bold, confident, current? Below, a series of celebrities in Leopard styles...some get it right...many go so wrong...after all, a look this bold can quickly go bad. Also, a look at an assortment of leopard items you might want to add to your own closet for fall/winter. (Note, of course, non of these fashions are truly actual leopard skins/fur...just the leopard patterning.)

Author's Update: Upcoming FALL/WINTER '09/10...leopard prints popular from sources as diverse as Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Ann Taylor, Liz Claiborne, Elie Tahari and MORE!

Jones New York Leopard Coat

Photo from Jones New York Fashion label
Photo from Jones New York Fashion label

Leopard's many looks

The three-quarter length leopard print jacket, right, by Jones of New York is something lots of women would enjoy adding to their wardrobes. Now, if this is the only jacket you own, it might get a little old, but to spice up the regular choice of black or tan or brown...this one a great look! Plus, the Jones of New York women's clothing line easy to find at department stores across the USA. Macy's, Dillards, Nordstroms, Bloomingdales, etc. this is an easy to find label. (Suggested retail $174) The St. John, uber expensive label, sells a similar coat for $2,295!!!

Below, check out Katie Holmes Cruise, Queen Latifah, Catherine Deneuve, Gwen Stefanie, Halle Berry, Jessica Simpson. Jennifer Lopez and Sienna Miller showing off their spots. Then an assortment of leopard accessories for those of us not ready to go head to toe Leopard.

Katie Holmes Cruise does Leopard Look with style

With Tom by her side, Katie does Leopard classic with black accessories
With Tom by her side, Katie does Leopard classic with black accessories

Anna Hathaway's character in 'Devil Wears Prada' movie sports leopard trim on bright green coat

Catherine Deneuve classy, but this look? Maybe not so much. Too much of a good thing equals bad style?

Halle Berry's assets shown to advantage in this Leopard dress...Is it cut, the print or the woman...this look makes a statement!

Gwen Stefani sports Leopard style

Queen Latifah sports spot on style in her Leopard dress

Jessica Simpson strolls with style in Leopard print

Sienna Miller chooses Leopard accessory...the scarf

Another look for Jessica Simpson, basic black with leopard bag

Leopard print accessories, great fashion update

For those of us not ready to cover up from collar bone to kneecap in leopard print fashions, there's still a lot of fashion punch in a well chosen accessory. Belts remain a popular fashion addition, and of course...who doesn't want a new purse or still another pair of shoes? Headbands, scarves, even Leopard sunglasses! PLUS, Leopard fashions for baby and puppy...now everyone can look like a celebrity in Leopard! Enjoy the selection!

From beltplanet.com, 2" wide, $18

Michael Kors Cardigan, suggested retail $100. Forever 21 brand also has much less expensive version.

Professional Impersonator, Nancy Tromm, as singer-songwriter Shania Twain

Looking back Leopard's appeal

The leopard print motif is enjoying popular attention right now, but it's not just a trend, it's a decades old classic that has "hot" revival moments now and then. Think back, depending on your age/era, to images of Loretta Young or Joan Crawford with a leopard scarf from the 50s. Think of Andy Warhol muse, Edie Sedgewick, in a leopard mini-dress or Jaqueline Onassis with a leopard scarf from the 60s. Faye Dunaway in a Leopard blouse in the 70s movie Network, or Diana Ross in a VOGUE magazine layout in leopard fashions. Picture Cindy Crawford or Joan Collins in Leopard prints. And remember Shania Twain's head to toe Leopard cape and gloves and shoes in her "That Don't Impress Me Much" music video?

Silk Georgette Leopard print blouse, $49, available from shopping.msn.com

Swarovski Leopard eye stem sunglasses

Leopard print baby onesie from psychobabyonline.com

Leopard bag from Ralph Lauren

Leopard Scarf, versions available everywhere from Target to Neiman Marcus. This metallic sheen Leopard print from ASOS, about $16.

Ralph Lauren's Leopard Jumper

Doggy in Leopard from animalstars.com

Ralph Lauren shows Leopard hats, berets, jackets, jumpers, bags

The classy Audrey Hepburn in a leopard hat from movie "Charades." Simple pearl studs and bright orange coat complete the look!

The frequently unclassy Paris Hilton overdoes a good thing. Dress, jacket Okay, but leopard tights...TOO MUCH!

From 'Devil Wears Prada' movie, under that jacket, a leopard print blouse

Jennifer Lopez carries off the leopard look with style

Katie Holmes Cruise in 2008 wearing retro 1980s blue

White Sunglasses, even Princess Diana was in on the trend

More fun reviews of fashion trends, fashion classics

This column is part six of a series of fashion focused reviews. A summary of parts one - five....

Part Five: The Scarf...a great accessory to that can add style even to t-shirts and jeans! Click here to see how Katie Holmes, Kate Hudson, Sienna Miller and others "do" a scarf.

Part Four: Is Madonna's 80s ConeBra making a comeback? Click here for a fun review!

Part Three: For more on the heavy influence of the 1980s Cobalt Blue color on today's fashions...check here ! Photos from today and 1980s...Katie Holmes, Dixie Carter, Ali Larter, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Demi Moore, Cynthia Nixon, Donna Mills, Kyra Sedgwick. Plus fun fashion video!

Part Two: Checking out the fashions from movie Sex and the City and noting the high retro-factor in many of the stars' fashions. Fun photos and video of behind the scenes look at creating the clothes for the four stars. Click here for this fun column.

Part One: The history of this summer's hot trend, white sunglasses. Click here for classic Audrey Hepburn video, photos of Grace Kelly, Princess Diana, Drew Barrymore, and Kate Moss ... all flashing their summer whities!

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    • rodney southern profile image

      rodney southern 8 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Not my cup of tea, but a great hub. Nice job on this

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      Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Fun to see the comparisons- especially the doggie coat and onesie, LOL. My question is, what's up with Paris's shoes?

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      2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Entertaining hub - thanks. We will be avoiding leopard print tights. Might consider a bag or a belt.

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      desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Rodney, I think I speak for all...glad Leopard not your thing!

      Story, Paris' shoes are little gold flats to go with her metallic gold bag...and with Paris...LOL... one can never tell "what's up"!

      2Pats, no leopard tights for me either...wonder where she even found them! I do have a leopard scarf I wrap around a purse strap now and then, and while Katie Holmes looks good in her leopard dress...I know I can't pull off an entire dress with that much leopard !

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      I love leopard! for me it has never gone out of fashion. Wheter it is a hat, trims on jackets or gloves, belts, or even high heels... I love it. Great pictures, and NO, NO for leopard tights they look like a disease ;-)

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      desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Princessa, glad you could stop by! Welcome! I agree with you that leopard never goes OUT of fashion, but it does seem that it's fashion profile is higher some years than others...and this seems to be a big time for Leopard! Ralph Lauren certainly thinks so for his Fall/Winter 2008 collection and advertisements...who knows why this classic pattern enjoys heavy resurgences now and then? You're right....NO to leopard tights...Yikes!

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      AmyLee3 8 years ago

      I cant stand Leopard but this was a good post

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      desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Glad you enjoyed the column...Yeah, it seems leopard is a real love it or hate it kind of print...a little goes a long way and so easy to overdo it! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Warwick 7 years ago

      Where do I buy Shania Twain Neck to Toe Cape and out fit

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      desert blondie 7 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Perfect time of year to check into that possiblity -- Halloween-ish! Check the good costume shops in your area!

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