Yes, you can wear leopard print …. grrrr!

Leopard print prowled the catwalk again this season and is no longer a fashion faux-pas once you’ve turned 50

Here’s how to wear your wild side in style – and avoid turning yourself into an endangered species that, frankly, no one would want to save.

Only wear one leopard print item at a time: more than that, and you risk looking like you’re trying to mate with yourself.

The modern way to wear animal print is to play down accessories: team with neutral colours and soft outlines for daytime, or, for evening, a classic black heel and clutch bag. Bear in mind that any accessory that is vinyl, thigh-high or fringed is strictly ‘ageing rock star’ and should be avoided at all costs.

Animal print, red lipstick and grey hair is a gorgeous look – keep it on-trend and elegant by making sure the rest of your makeup is ultra low-key.

Keep it classy and don’t show any cleavage, or leg above the knee.

Wear where appropriate: lunch with friends or a trip to the theatre? It’s the perfect look. Appointment with your gynaecologist? Probably not.

Nothing says ‘look at me, I’m a confident, predatory woman’ like animal print. Wear with attitude – and enjoy it!

Do you have a love affair with leopard? Is it a bit too ‘barmaid’ for your tastes? Or would you simply never dare wear it? Let us know!!

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Adele Mitchell is an award-winning beauty editor and blogger. With over twenty years experience on the frontline of beauty journalism, she still gets over-excited at the mention of the words ‘glitter’ and ‘eye shadow’ in the same sentence. She is, however, completely wise to the fact that there’s absolutely no such thing as a ‘miracle’ cream (no matter what the label says!)

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Wendy Venters
18th Sep 2013
Thanks for voting!
I think some of the animal prints look so much better on tall,slim, silver haired, silver surfer ladies, than they do on young people! (Sadly I'm too fat)

I agree with Susan in France too. I used to keep my quality clothes and wait for them to come back into fashion,but that was when I remained slim enough to wear them second or third time around!
18th Sep 2013
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I have several items in leopard print, many of which are lovely vintage items that strangely enough, are now the very latest fashion. I was looking at some lovely items in a Prêt à Porter shop here in France and then realised I had the EXACT same designs and styles in my wardrobe, but in a far superior fabric and much better made. And yes, I do wear my leopard print skirt teamed with a plain black sweater - a beautiful silk leopard print top teamed with a black, beige, chocolate or even white skirt or slacks. I've learned that it is a good idea to look after good clothing and don't chuck it all out. Pretty soon, it comes right back into style again.
rita duckworth
18th Nov 2012
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yes am 62 and love my leopard skin not over the top and i am a plumper lady x
18th Nov 2012
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Yes I wear it on special occasions, usually in the evenings to the theatre or out to dinner. It's not something I would wear on a regular basis as it can sometimes look a bit cheap ,or overdone. Although I am in my seventies it quite suits me, I am tall and can take it off. If I were of the plumper build I would definitely steer clear,and leave it to younger slimmer people
patricia nelson
18th Nov 2012
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most of my clothes ,bags, shoes, love leopard print x im 64 ,but all my clothes blouses etc are stylish

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