There’s something mysterious and magical about leopard print. Leopard print clothes are timeless and most definitely back in vogue, often walking the line between classy and flashy. But why are these leopard prints so popular and chic? What are the origins of leopard print? Why are they one of the big fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2020? And what should you be wearing leopard print with?
Here’s the low down on the leopard print fashion trend
Leopard print clothes
Leopard print clothes is an imitation design pattern that pays homage to one of nature’s most beautiful creatures, the leopard. It can be worn as a stand-alone clothing style but is most often worn in combination with other clothes fabrics and designs.
Why is leopard print so popular and chic?
Leopard print has maintained its popularity for many decades. Yes, the way we wear it has changed over the past 100 years but this gorgeous queen of the animal prints changes with the generations and the eras we live in. It would not be wrong to call this style timeless.
Leopard print takes inspiration from all the previous decades of popularity and the different styles of those periods to create a hybrid modern feel. While it is popular it also feels non-conformist and an expression of an individuals’ confidence in their sensuality for some. Might the wearer believe too in a sense of animal power?
What are the origins of leopard prints?
Animal hides were a form of clothing for prehistoric humans. Later, animal hides became part of tribal culture in Africa. Animals were great symbols of wealth.
Wearing these items of clothing became a sign of wealth and power, and also gave the person wearing them a sense of protection. Kings and queens in faraway countries began to own animal print rugs to show off their social status. Later, animal prints mimicking the leopard, zebra, and cheetah would soon become items of fashion in the Western world.
When did leopard print become a part of fashion?
Leopard print clothing became a big part of fashion in the 1930s. Many cite the Tarzan films of the time as having a great influence on this fashion trend as the films’ main actors presented a combined image of attractiveness and adventure that appealed to the filmgoers of the day.
Leopard print’s popularity through the decades
A decade later and pinup of the day Bettie Page was a big reason for the sudden jump in popularity for the leopard print. Page looked amazing in leopard print and countless women across the United States wanted to look just like the elegant model because she looked amazing and also gave the sense of being a powerful, confident woman. Not only that but her risqué image appealed to US soldiers who were fighting in World War II at the time, in an age when the pin-up girl became popular.
- 1950s & 60s
Into the 1950s and Christian Dior launched a whole range of chic and sophisticated animal prints onto the world fashion scene. The leopard print was the most popular of these.
- 1970s & 80s
The 1960s was a time of liberation and personal freedom growing. Traditions that had been commonplace for decades were breaking down and being replaced by more open-minded thinking. Fashion reflected this. Leopard print clothing was seen as wild and free.
For the 1970s think the Sex Pistols and punk rock. Animal print such as leopard and zebra print became mainstream with high boots, skirts and dresses all in vogue. Punks made it part of our lifestyle.
Is leopard print clothing trendy now?
Leopard print clothing is being strutted on the catwalks, in the leading fashion magazines, and it is being worn by leading actresses, high society figures and by the top social media influencers. Leopard print is one of the fashion trends for 2020 although, in truth, the leopard print’s popularity has never gone away…and probably never will do.
Leopard print was popular throughout much of the twentieth century and now it is experiencing a great resurgence in popularity as we enter the 2020s.
As Fashionista magazine noted: many of ‘the street style crowd’ in Paris for Spring 2020 Couture Week were proudly showing off their leopard print; many of them in heels, jackets, and skirts.
Elle in their ‘9 Trends Dominating 2020’ are big on ‘Prairie Romance’ suggesting lace, sheer neon, and animal print perfectly carry off this style with full-length leopard-print dresses featuring in their style guide.
The world’s 4th biggest online newspaper, Britain’s the Daily Mail, even dedicated an entire Sprint feature to leopard print, noting that ‘The classic leopard print has had a serious revamp of late…A timeless trend, it is worth investing in a piece or two for the new season. Whether you want to brave a head-to-toe leopard print look or wish to inject a neutral outfit with the fun print.’
The Daily Mail Spring 2020 feature recommends a whole range of trendy leopard-print looks for the season including wellington boots, shoulder bags, hooded raincoats, leggings, and dresses.
It is clear from the trend magazines that leopard print is one of the must-have looks of Spring Summer 2020, with designers and fashion journalists loving the versatility the look offers its wearer.
Is leopard print clothes and accessories are just for women?
Leopard print clothing is certainly much more popular with women than men. For men who wear it, often it is worn to give a sense of non-conformity; to shock and say I am different and I don’t care what you think. The best examples of men wearing leopard print well are probably punk rockers and – in some cases – aging rock stars. It probably works best for men in a summer holiday environment. Think jeans and deck shoes.
But for women, leopard print clothing suggests the wearer is confident, independent and non-conformist. Leopard print clothing is also beautiful and suggests a woman is extremely confident of who she is and her sensuality. And, best of all, when worn confidently and in the right way, this style of clothing looks good on women of absolutely any age.
Spring and Summer 2020
Among the big fashion tips for 2020 are color denim, political fashion, lavender, satin, and animal print – especially leopard print. Yes, leopard print is one of the big fashion choices for the coming spring and summer seasons.
Right now, leopard print is huge and there are leopard print clothes and accessories to suit absolutely every taste and pocket. But the key with any happening fashion is how you wear that trend. You might think of it as the clothes wearing the person, rather than the other way around.
Where to wear leopard – work? Wedding?
Like any fashion trend, there are places and situations where leopard print is perfect and where it might not be so wise. We would recommend for any night out, especially during the warm spring and summer evenings. And then, of course, there is the beach. Actually, there is a place for leopard print in most situations – even as a lady’s power suit in the boardroom. The key thing is how you wear it and feel confident with this beautiful print!
How to wear leopard print clothes
Don’t forget that leopard print can be designed in many different colors. A leopard might not change its spots but your leopard print can be any imaginable color you want it to be. When it comes to style though, don’t overdo it! It is probably best to wear one item at a time. The key here is certainly a balance.
It’s all about tasteful balance
Think about wearing your leopard print skirt, dress, or leggings in combination. You don’t need to pair up your leopard print clothes all at once! Think about combining it with striking colors for example. Sometimes just wearing a statement accessories such as a necklace, watchband or shoe works well! Animal prints can add a striking dash of color and adventure to your wardrobe and will look stylish when worn in the right way.
Keep the animals separate!
One thing we advise though is not to combine different kinds of animal prints. Intuitively you know it doesn’t work! If you avoid that then you shouldn’t go wrong because leopard print is wonderfully versatile and will get you noticed by others! Like any fashion trend, this is also about you and how you wear it. Be confident! Wear leopard print with style, balance, imagination, and confidence and you are guaranteed to turn heads!
So, the question is: what products look good with leopard print in 2020?
Which products are good with leopard print?
Leopard print dress
All over print Tshirt dresses combine perfectly with leopard print. Printify’s T-shirt dresses are tagless, custom cut and sewn to match every style. The fun prints will make this all-over print t-shirt dress a great piece to sell online, especially in combination with leopard print.
Women’s Cut & Sew Racerback Dresses are another great option. These dresses are feminine and stylish, yet really comfortable dress. This high-quality AOP tank dress is appealing from every angle. Inspired by the freedom of creativity, it will instantly become everyone’s all-time favorite, and its sporty fit runs true to size.
Leopard print skirts
Two great options when it comes to skirts are women’s skater and pencil skirts. Women’s skater skirts have a versatile fit that complements its soft touch and casual look.
Comfortable and soft, this high-quality AOP pencil skirt is cut close to the body. Inspired by the freedom of creativity, it’s perfect for standing out on any occasion and is perfect for combining with leopard print.
Where would we all be without our phones? And, let’s be honest, what would we do without our phone cases protecting our communication devices to the entire outside world!? Leopard print phone cases are stylish and stand out from the crowd. Printify has a diverse range of phone cases including flexible, tough and snap cases.
Our tough cases, for example, use Impact resistant Polycarbonate outer shell and Inner TPU liner for extra impact resistance. Keep your iPhone 11 or Samsung Galaxy S10E secure & stylish whether headed to the office or wrapped in pastels for a spring- or summer-time soirée.
Leopard print leggings
One timeless look in leopard print is leggings. From the super-cool 1980s to the 2020s, leggings look fantastic in leopard print. The skinny fit hugs the contours of your legs, giving the same impression of beauty as the incredible leopard itself. Printify’s Women’s Cut & Sew Casual elastic skinny fit leggings are perfect for any casual occasion in life.
Leopard print shoes
You won’t be surprised to read that women’s shoes are good with leopard print. In fact, the options are as limited as the size of your imagination! A couple of suggestions we have for our readers are women’s sneakers and hightop sneakers. Printify’s extremely comfortable canvas sneakers come with a high-quality print and are made to last and to impress – a truly original way to express oneself and to inspire new fashion trends on the go.
Platform high heels
Platform high heels look absolutely fantastic in leopard print: sexy, confident, and mischievous. The platform heel is very much back in vogue with the current resurgence of interest in 1970s fashion. Printify’s platform heels offer a simple yet elegant style with a faux pigskin microfiber lining. The fit is soft and comfortable – perfect for the office, the street or special events.
Leopard print booties
As we noted earlier in this blog, leopard print boots were all the rage on the streets of Paris for Spring 2020 Couture Week. Leopard print boots bring versatility to many looks, turning heads as you go! Printify’s women’s classic style canvas boots with PU sole and an excellent quality print are made to boost one’s self-confidence and to dare onlookers to follow the trend of the moment.
Flip flops have become an essential part of the summer wardrobe in the past few years with the world’s most popular brand Havaiana selling an incredible 250 million pairs each year. But millions of customers are also looking for unique flip flop creations and this is where custom-made flip flops come into their own.
If you want to stand out from the rest, then we recommend leopard print flip flops. Flip flops are no longer just for the beach and can be worn in numerous social settings from the friends’ BBQ to attending a sports event. Customers are looking for something a bit different from what everyone else is wearing. Fun custom designs are bound to catch everyone’s eye. This is also one product that is popular with men as well as of course women.
Printify’s unisex flips flops are 100 percent rubber with a textured black thong strap and come in multiple sizes, perfect for a custom design.
And let’s not forget men! Yes, as we mentioned, leopard print flip flops work very well on men but for the more daring male fashionista, consider a leopard print men’s canvas boots! Printify’s These nylon-canvas boots provide soft and comfortable wearing for men and are perfect for everyday wearing and to show a unique sense of style.
Men’s sneakers, meanwhile, are extremely comfortable and are made to last and impress. We think leopard print these sneakers are a bit more unique and are guaranteed to make you stand out from the rest of the crowd!
Give wrists the gift of timeless fashion with custom watch bands in leopard print. These high-quality, animal-friendly faux leather watch straps are the extra missing punch to flirty outfits and nights out. Take your style to the next level with these must-have accessories.
Be a part of the leopard print trend!
Today we have talked about leopard print clothes and why they are so popular and very much in vogue for Spring Summer 2020. Leopard print has been a big part of the fashion scene for the past 100 years and all of a sudden this beautiful, versatile print is more popular than ever!
From the streets and catwalks of the fashion capital Paris to the happening bars, restaurants, and nightclubs of the United States, leopard print is one of the looks that is defining 2020.
And the range of products that look great in leopard print or in combination with it is, as we have mentioned, as big and varied as your own imagination! From trendy platform high heels to elastic skinny fit leggings, and cool T-shirt dresses to women’s skater skirts, leopard print looks and feels fantastic!
Clearly, leopard print is trending for 2020 so our advice is to make sure you are part of that trend!
Make it happen right now.
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