How To Style: Blue Leopard Print

Gi Shieh sustainable style blogger wearing blue leopard keyhole knit top and black skirt

Have you ever found a piece of clothing in your closet that you were intimidated by?

This happened to me a few days ago. I was going through my (mom’s) closet, looking for pieces to style or sell and came across a blue, leopard-print, keyhole, knit tank. That’s right. A freaking BLUE, LEOPARD-PRINT, KEYHOLE, KNIT TANK. You know a piece of clothing has got TOO much going on when it has four adjectives describing what it looks like.

Immediately what went through my mind was, “what the f*ck was she thinking?” Why would anyone buy this? This is so hard to wear; what would you even pair it with?

After staring at it for a good 5 minutes, I decided that it would be a good opportunity to challenge myself in styling it. 

Gi Shieh Sustainable Style blogger wearing blue leopard print top and black skirt

Here’s what I did.

I decided to wear this print with a long black skirt. Blacks, whites, and neutrals do a great job of toning an outfit down so that if you have a bold article of clothing, the best (and easiest) way ot style it is with something relatively plain.

Black was already an existing color in the top so I simply matched the skirt with that color. Retrospectively, this top was actually not as hard to style as I thought it would be. I think this look would’ve worked similarly well with beige pants and blue accessories. 

Gi Shieh wearing blue leopard print top and long black skirt
Gi Shieh Wearing Blue Leopard Print and Black Skirt

I’ve found that often times, we choose not to wear certain clothes because they don’t match with our expectations for ourselves. For example, I typically don’t wear a lot of color because I’m afraid to draw attention to myself and am afraid to be perceived as the type of person who wants attention. 

If you have an object in your closet that you’re afraid to wear, take a moment to think it over. What are you scared of? What are you afraid that others might say? Now pause. Is that really true? Your value does not rest on the opinion of others.

See if you can push through and style that article of clothing in a creative way. It might bring you a new perspective (and save the environment by pushing you to wear what you already have)!

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