We’re in the middle of New York Fashion Week which seems like a great time to chat all things fall fashion. This season, you can still gear toward go-to fabrics like wool, cashmere, and herringbone, mixing them with your favorite cable knits, cottons, and jerseys, but now think about pairing them with a bold print to really make them pop against a cool, crisp autumn backdrop. And the one print to get the job done? Leopard, of course.

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Leopard and Leather
Leopard is an edgy, fun print to begin with but pairing it with leather really kicks it up a notch. Try a leopard print sweater with leather leggings or a cropped cigarette pant or even a leopard pencil skirt with a leopard print blouse. What’s more, don’t be afraid to wear print on print— the ensemble of leopard on top with leopard flats only doubles the chic factor.

Leopard and Wool
Wool is a great fabric for fall, a staple even. But instead of incorporating your usual black and brown wool pants and jackets into your daily wardrobe, try snagging the fabric in a bright hue like gold or teal. A wool pencil skirt in a pop of color will send your leopard piece over the top. Think bright wool crop pant like J.Crew’s Collection Wool-silk Cropped Pant in Warm Buttercup ($325) paired with a crisp, oxford or popover shirt and classic leopard loafers.

Leopard and Gold
There is no more classic a look than leopard prints with gold jewelry. Hardware on handbags, belts, and shoes only complements this season’s print of choice. For instance, grab a stack of assorted gold bangles like the Gold Loop Link Bangle from BaubleBar ($32) or the Pave Links Bracelet ($50and layer away. The more gold the better— that goes for the perfect gold link necklace too.

Leopard and Lipstick
Branch out of your comfort zone this fall and pair your leopard prints with an unsuspecting shade of lipstick like Fiore Hot Pink by Stila ($22) or Maybelline Colorsensational® Vivids in Fuchsia Flash ($6). The bold print will pair well with a bold hue on the lips, especially one of these 10 Shades to Add to Your Bag.

Leopard and Printed Pants
Think you’ve got this leopard thing down? Amp up your seasonal ensembles with leopard denim, leggings, or cropped pants. The print seems to look best when a pant’s hem is shorter and the heel is higher. Pair with pointed toe pumps, a metallic loafer or sassy slipper like these from Stubbs & Wootton ($400), or even wedge a la Kate Middleton.

It’s all about the prints (on prints on prints) this fall, so decide to be fresh and fun with all leopard, all the time. You rock that animal print— Meow!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

With her finger on the pulse of all things chic, Kaitlyn Kirby is the Founder and Editor in Chief of popular digital lifestyle publications, Mini and Tulle Magazine. Follow @minimagkate on twitter!

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