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On the wild side


We are in the midst of London Fashion Week and there is lots of inspiration to be taken from the catwalk. Leopard print, in particular, has made its mark on the Fall/Winter catwalk this season, from fur coats at Prada and Moschino, to a belted dress at Dolce & Gabbana. Take a trip to the wild side with one of the fiercest trends of fashion Week so far.

But translating the catwalk to real life can be a bit daunting. So here are a few ideas for you to try.

If you love to show your wild side, you may think about a coat.

This boyfriend coat from Topshop, £85, is a good price and would look great with jeans or over a plain black dress.

Or this from M&S, Long Sleeve Animal Faux Fur Coat, £99. I tried this on today and it is cosy, soft and stylish. AND if you use their online code SEPT16A11 by 19th September, you get %20 off. Bargain!

Or, if you are happy to spend, Stella McCartney has a beautiful faux fur coat, available in Selfridges for £1335, but it doesn't look that different to those above!

This beautiful coat from Anthropologie, has a more subtle take on the leopard print.

Cara Animal Print Coat, £178

This biker style jacket from Zara, Animal Print Jacket, £59.99 is great but quite short, so I think would feel too short on those of us with long bodies. However, I love biker jackets, and think this looks quite cool.

Or from my earlier blog, this gorgeous faux fur bomber from M&S, £89 (before your 20% discount)

This polo neck from The Outnet is a bargain at £130, reduced from £260.

The See by Chloe, Leopard Print Wool Turtleneck Sweater would look great with a burgundy midi skirt. I particularly like the red on the neck and the cuffs.

This sexy little number is from Boden, Marisa Dress, £89.50. I would team this with a red belt to break it up a bit.

Or if you prefer a more floaty dress, this is so pretty from Topshop. Leopard Wrap Maxi dress, £59.

Skirts are an easy way to bring a bit of the leopard print into your wardrobe, and this one from

Boden is interesting as it is slightly less "leopardy" than some.

Richmond Skirt, £69,50

However if you are bit worried about too much animal print on show, Zara has this wonderful skirt.

Contrasting Leopard Print Skirt, £49.99

Or this from See by Chloe. It is expensive at £240, but the colours are beautifully soft, and again not too "leopardy"

Printed wool blend A-line Skirt, from My Theresa.com

However the simplest way to bring a bit of leopard into your wardrobe is to add accessories, be it a pair of shoes, boots, or a handbag. Here are some of my favourites

Boden Alice High Heel Boot. Currently reduced from £149 to £126. These would look great with jeans, smart black trousers, or with a midi skirt. They also come in mid heel height.

These M&S shoes tick all the right boxes, and again, if you buy before the end of 19th September, they are discounted from £49.50 to £39.60

Or LK Bennett Fern Printed courts, £210

Or even a belt! This is a lovely one from LK Bennett

Gena Leopard Print skinny belt, £110

Or this one from Net-a -Porter, Isabel Marant Ronn leopard-print calf hair belt, £140. I like the red on this one, but it is quite a bit wider than the LK Bennett belt.

And finally a couple of bags...

Hobbs, Kew Clutch, £125, for a minimalist take on the leopard print

and this gorgeous bag from J Crew, Signet Bag in Italian Leopard Printed Calf Hair, £298

So, whether you want to go the whole hog leopard print, or just a touch of it, there is something out there for everyone. In fact, there is so much, I could have gone on forever!

A few tips for you when wearing your new items. You don't want to look like Bette Lynch from Coronation street, so , especially f you are 'light', you are best to team it with a camel or cream top, rather than black. You could also try putting it with the new burgundy colours that in this season.

Happy shopping.

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