In the summer, you wear less layers - a simple sundress, or cami and loose pants are what the weather calls for. But how do you feel stylish when you have on the bare minimum? It's all about the accessories. When the temperature rises, your accessories need to do a bit more of the heavy lifting for your looks.....so how about some leopard print?
Wait - do you think cheetah and leopard print accessories are only for fall and winter? If you do, then it's time to try something new. These prints are a great way to add a major dose of pattern to any look, any time of year.
For summer, we're loving these prints against graphic black and white. We've created just a few looks to inspire - based in super simple pieces, paired with accessories that pack a sartorial punch to get you through any late summer weekend. So why not grab that leopard print heel, jaguar print clutch or cheetah belt and add some feline 'wow' to your look right now?
(clockwise from top left) Jaguar-print Foldover Clutch by Clare Vivier, $220 | Sunglasses by Le Specs, from Akira, $48.90 | Leopard Haircalf Pumps by Ralph Lauren, $650 | Leopard scarf by Vince Camuto, $24.99 (on sale) | Cheetah Cuff by Ann Taylor, $59.50 | Animal-print Belt by Buckle, $24.95 | Slip-ons by Steve Madden, $79.95 | Cuff Bracelet by Aspinal of London, $139 | Leopard Thong Sandals by Tory Burch, from Shopbop, $165 | Saffiano Leather Tote by Diane von Furstenberg, from Shopbop, $265
FRIDAY DATE NIGHT
A strappy silk cami and wideleg linen pants (the perfect stand-ins for a jumpsuit) form a blank canvas for a distinctive printed belt. Add bold gold jewelry, a pair of sexy heels, and a color block bag for a hot night on the town.
Dress up a striped tank and shorts with a lightweight white blazer - it'll beat the chill of an air-conditioned restaurant. Then trade your nude sandals for a just-as-wearable mixed metal pair, and grab an attention-getting clutch. You'll be ready for brunch with the girls - and maybe a little shopping after.....
What's best for summer run-around time? An easy dress and flats. But with this outfit, you can run into anyone and feel perfectly pulled together. A studded hobo bag, classic aviators and a gold pendant complete your I-got-dressed-in-no-time look.