Leopard Print For Summer…Yes, Really!

kate spade leopard crisscross slide sandals. Style blogger Susan B. shares some leopard print pieces you can wear during the summer.

Leopard Print As A Year-Round Neutral?

Once upon a time, there were “rules” about which materials and finishes were appropriate for each season. Patent leather was for spring and summer only. Suedes and velvets were for fall and winter. White and floral prints: spring/summer. And leopard print tended to be relegated to fall and winter. But in the last few years, those old rules have flown out the window (especially with regard to accessories), and it’s liberating!

Above: crisscross slide sandals. I’d wear these with a casual jeans-and-a-tee look, but they’d work equally well with a light or bright sundress, or white summer pants.

I consider leopard print a neutral, but one that in small doses can really punch up a simple outfit, as my favorite leopard clutch does here.

casual outfit with navy jacket, jeans and leopard bag

I have a couple of pairs of leopard footwear that I wear during the cooler months. Lately I’ve been on the lookout for some leopard print sandals or mules for warm weather wear.

Leopard print fabric slide sandals from Munro. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The print on these slide sandals is subtle and on the cooler side if that better suits your coloring and wardrobe. They’re offered in a variety of widths from extra Narrow to Wide.

kate spade block heel sandal with leopard print. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

These heeled ankle-strap sandals would work with both casual and more dressy outfits. I like this print, both the color and size. Just enough to “pop.”

detail: t-strap leopard print flat from Shoes of Prey. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you prefer something with a closed toe, here’s a cute t-strap flat. These are also available in a range of widths from Narrow to Wide.

detail: AllSaints leopard print sneaker. Style blogger Susan B. believes that leopard is a year-round neutral.

Or a sneaker, maybe? These are cool!

And if you like the look of my leopard clutch, but prefer to go “hands free”…

detail: Clare V. leopard print crossbody bag. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here you go!  That strap is also removable in case you want to carry in hand.

I love my leopard, but do still believe that a little goes a long way. I tend to stick to one animal print at a time. Do you have summer accessories that feature leopard or other animal prints?

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5 Comments

  1. July 5, 2017 / 6:52 am

    Love the slides! I finally purchased a pair of leopard ballet flats and have been considering a pair of slides or sandals since I wore the flats so much. Just like you said…a neutral…but with some punch. Thanks for sharing great styles!

  2. Sheri
    July 5, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Love a touch of animal print…a belt or cardigan can be cute, with an overall neutral outfit!

  3. July 5, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Great chic look! Perfection! I want that purse,

  4. Caroline
    July 5, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    A few months ago, I conducted an extensive online search for leopard print sandals to wear in the summer because I had become so wedded to my leopard flats that I didn’t want to give up the print during the warmer months! I decided to go with a very casual, comfortable slip on, which is what I wear daily in the summer. These are what I bought, and I couldn’t be happier:

    http://www.zappos.com/p/mephisto-helen-light-sand-oldleo/product/113602/color/667914

    The print is interesting and subtle (there is sort of a crackled effect visually although the leather is completely smooth) and I really like the off white background color, which I think makes them a little unique and works well at this time of year. Highly recommend!

  5. July 5, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I think that Claire V leopard clutch is pretty PERFECT. Its size, and the color of the print. Super cute.

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