By Jill Riley
Leopard print accessories tend to be a hard piece for women to try, but once they do a love of leopard is inevitable.
Here at Get Your Pretty On, stepping out of your comfort zone is made easy with a little guidance and support. That is obvious in the stories of these beautiful women.
I reached out to our Style Challenge Members and asked how their relationship with leopard print has changed since joining the Get Your Pretty On community.
More than in any of the other posts in the Yes You Can Wear series, I love the variety of ‘before’ concerns shared by our Pretties. Enjoy the pictures, but please read the stories as well. Do any of them hit home for you?
I think Jennifer, a Get Your Pretty On Pretty, says it best. “Doing the GYPO challenges has taught me many things and one is how to incorporate something I felt was not my jam into my personal style. Essentially I can wear leopard now and still feel like I’m being true to who I am.”
You will find Alison scattered throughout these pictures. Her love of leopard print goes way back.
Danielle appears multiple times in these pictures as well, showing that she has really embraced leopard print accessories. She says: Before, “I thought it would have been too much for the workplace or I would feel like the crazy cat lady.” Now, “I love it! It’s a great neutral pattern that can be added to almost any outfit to make it look complete or trendy.”
Lisa says: Before, “I thought I was too old and too plus-sized to wear leopard. I also tended to lean toward more understated classic styles.” Now, “I LOVE IT! For me, less is more. I feel that my leopard accessories give just the right amount of pop to make me feel stylish and good about myself!”
Alison / Danielle/ Lisa / Danielle
Alison’s Outfit: [Striped Shirt/Vest/Black Jeans/Riding Boots/Leopard Scarf]
Deanna says: Before, “I was concerned people would think I was trying to be too showy.” Now, “I love it! It is definitely a staple in my closet! Once I started wearing a little bit of leopard, I started branching out and now I have leopard pants, leopard sweater, leopard shirt, heels, flats, purses, jewelry, belt. It’s like it’s contagious!”
Deanna / Danielle / Alison
Alison’s Outfit: [Chambray Shirt/Quilted Vest/Jeans/Loafers/Leopard Pouch]
Jessica says: Before, “I never thought I could do leopard. Even when was told they were a neutral. I felt like they looked better on everyone else, but would never look good on me. I would always admire everyone’s picks and wish it was me.” Now, “Once I found the PERFECT pair for me and my style, I was hooked. They are easily my favorite pair of shoes and I wear them whenever I can!”
Sam says: Before, “I thought leopard prints made me look like I was trying too hard to fit in.” Now, “I see leopard as a neutral that gives a POP to every outfit. Now I have belts, scarves, shoes, booties, and maybe I might need ‘just one more thing’.”
Susan says: Before, “I’ve always loved animal prints & wore them occasionally.” Now, “After joining GYPO I felt more confident in my choices & now wear it frequently! My personality has been enhanced with my leopard pieces! I will never look back!”
Jennifer says: Before, “I always felt like it was too stuffy or ritzy for me. I am a pretty casual kind of a girl for the most part and felt like it was too Saks for my personal style.” Now, “This was one of my favorite fall outfits ever!! Seriously! And I feel like the leapord shoes just made the whole outfit. I am excited to pull them out again this year. I never would have guessed that I would feel that way about leapord before purchasing these shoes!”
Jessica / Sam / Susan / Jennifer
Sherri says: Before, “I’m too old, I’ll look silly!” Now, “Love it. Feel so put together with a pop of leopard. It just helps an outfit feel complete. Leopard print is empowering. I kind of have an obsession with Leopard! It’s so versatile and Alison always said, it’s a neutral! I just have one rule… only 1 leopard piece at a time.”
This one is worth repeating. Sherri says: “Leopard print is empowering.”
Rachel says: Before, “I have always loved leopard print, but I was hesitant to wear it on an everyday basis. I would save it for special occasions.” Now, “Now I know it’s ok to wear leopard as a “neutral” and I do often!”
Christina says: Before, “Too trendy for me.” Now, “It’s a great neutral!”
Sherri / Alison / Rachel / Christina
Alison’s Outfit: [Plaid Cape/Black Shirt/Pendant Necklace/Velvet Pants/Leopard Booties]
Does leopard print already live in your closet? Is it time to stretch your comfort zone a bit? Which leopard print accessory will you start with? Share your leopard love story in the comments.
Author Bio: Jill Riley is in charge of sending big hugs through customer service emails. She spends most of her time with her husband, son, daughter, and pup. When her nose isn’t buried in a personal development book, you can find her playing games with her kids. Discovering audiobooks and true crime podcasts has helped make sure her pup gets plenty of walks.
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