Wild things: Roar into autumn with leopard print

Treat leopard print as a neutral and use it accordingly, adding separates to your wardrobe like M&S’s crepe animal-print slim-fit trousers (£35), Hush’s leopard jacquard cardigan (6, below) and Arket’s satin skirt (£69), perfect styled with knee-high leather boots or trainers. Animal print also works well with poppy colours. Style a bold turquoise trouser with a leopard-print top, as seen at Essentiel Antwerp (2, below) or a bomber jacket. Or go maximalist leopard with a dress, as Ashley Graham did recently on the Today show (pictured). We love M&S’s easy cotton style with pockets (5) and Essentiel Antwerp’s smocked-neck style (£290) worn with stompy boots.

Spot luck: Ashley Graham in New York.
Spot luck: Ashley Graham in New York. Photograph: Mega/GC Images

There are plenty of rental gems to be found, like Rixo’s rose and leopard dress, from £37 at hurrcollective.com, plus great pieces from Ganni (from £27-£58). By Rotation offers several coats, including a faux fur Anthropologie-style (£44 for a week’s hire), or pick up a previous season markdown piece from The Outnet, like Stand Studio’s cosy coat (£298, down from £459). Finally, leopard accessories can be used to add interest to a look. Boden’s low-heel slingbacks (9, below) would look great with workwear, or try Dune’s high-heel court (£52) to bring a rock edge to a jeans-and-jumper look. Meanwhile, La Redoute’s circular crossbody bag (£30), or Asos’s buckle shoulder bag (inspired by Fendi’s baguette) (£22) are the perfect finishing touch.

Windproof raincoat, £34.99, hm.com

1. Windproof raincoat, £34.99, hm.com

Top, £160, essentiel-antwerp.com

2. Top, £160, essentiel-antwerp.com

Corduroy jacket, £280, and matching trousers, £155, both yolke.co.uk

3. Corduroy jacket, £280, and matching trousers, £155, both yolke.co.uk

Mini skirt, £35.99, mango.com

4. Mini skirt, £35.99, mango.com

Dress, £45, marksandspencer.com

5. Dress, £45, marksandspencer.com

Cardigan, £99, hush-uk.com

6. Cardigan, £99, hush-uk.com

Slip dress, £219, allsaints.com

7. Slip dress, £219, allsaints.com

T-shirt, £8.99, zara.com

8. T-shirt, £8.99, zara.com

Sandals, £78, boden.co.uk

9. Sandals, £78, boden.co.uk

Hat, £85, ganni.com

10. Hat, £85, ganni.com

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