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Leopard print

Designers say that it conveys a sense of aggressiveness, independence, and sexuality, but I always think it looks tacky. It used to make me think of Norma Desmond and the silent era, but when it became popular again in the 1980s, it began to make me think always of Mafia wives (see Michelle Pfeiffer in photo from "Married to the Mob") if it's in the IUS or chav women in the UK.

Is it possible to wear it and not look tacky? And why is it almost never used for men's clothes, unless the men are camping it up?

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by Anonymousreply 42January 18, 2022 1:41 AM

It can be quite chic precisely because it can also be very tacky. A nuance lost on OP.

by Anonymousreply 1January 17, 2022 11:04 PM

I had a pair of black suede and leopard faux fur loafers in the 90s. They were tacky as hell, but that was the point, and I was in my 20s and could get away with it.

Leopard, tiger, zebra, cheetah prints, always tacky.

by Anonymousreply 2January 17, 2022 11:07 PM

A chic woman is delighted by the challenge - "can I pull it off?" Valentino 2014

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by Anonymousreply 3January 17, 2022 11:08 PM

Evidence, r1? Just declaring it with no photos to back you up does not make something so.

by Anonymousreply 4January 17, 2022 11:08 PM

Givenchy 2007

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by Anonymousreply 5January 17, 2022 11:09 PM

a slide show for you.

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by Anonymousreply 6January 17, 2022 11:12 PM

Always makes me think of Mel B from the Spice Girls.

by Anonymousreply 7January 17, 2022 11:13 PM

Of course with JLo, nothing is ever solidly on the chic side of the equation, though she is always stunning.

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by Anonymousreply 8January 17, 2022 11:14 PM

Cheetah print is even more tacky.

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by Anonymousreply 9January 17, 2022 11:15 PM

As with all things, if you're young and thin you can pull it off

by Anonymousreply 10January 17, 2022 11:18 PM

Is this Cheetah or Leopard?

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by Anonymousreply 11January 17, 2022 11:19 PM

Maybe JLo's is abstract Giraffe?

by Anonymousreply 12January 17, 2022 11:20 PM

If you use it for accessories and not clothing, it’s actually pretty WASPy. Leopard needlepoint slippers and such.

by Anonymousreply 13January 17, 2022 11:20 PM

R6 Veruschka is amazing. At her peak, it was impossible for anything to look bad on her.

by Anonymousreply 14January 17, 2022 11:21 PM

I had a girl friend who bought an expensive designer leopard jacket (that had been drastically marked down) even though it was far too bulky for her. She had an eye for cut and brought it to a tailor. He made the proper alterations and wow, it fit her like a glove. She was tall and slim and wore it with black slacks or sometimes black tights with killer boots. She looked incredible and got lots of attention whenever she wore it. Strangely, it has not dated, and she can still wear the look 20 years later.

by Anonymousreply 15January 17, 2022 11:21 PM

It's become a basic print, like plaid or polka dot.

by Anonymousreply 16January 17, 2022 11:22 PM

Something being WASPY does not mean it's tasteful. I know you know that, though.

by Anonymousreply 17January 17, 2022 11:22 PM

Never wear leopard.

Freud said all women who wore red were whores. 99% of the population say women who wear leopard are whores.

by Anonymousreply 18January 17, 2022 11:23 PM

I don't think leopard is WASPY at all though. It's not preppy.

by Anonymousreply 19January 17, 2022 11:23 PM

I agree, R17. But then the issue with it isn’t looking tacky or aggressive, it’s that it becomes a bit stodgy. But it is very common to see country club women in leopard print shoes or handbags, just never clothing. MAYBE a coat, for the risk takers.

by Anonymousreply 20January 17, 2022 11:24 PM

I like red leopard, and strangely, I am not a whore.

by Anonymousreply 21January 17, 2022 11:24 PM

Grace, Catholic princess. Not a WASP.

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by Anonymousreply 22January 17, 2022 11:25 PM

[quote] I don't think leopard is WASPY at all though. It's not preppy.

I grew up in Preppy Handbook land and lots of houses featured little leopard-print pillows alongside the needlepoint accents.

by Anonymousreply 23January 17, 2022 11:26 PM

WASPy doesn't equal preppy.

by Anonymousreply 24January 17, 2022 11:26 PM

Way off topic, but I happened to watch Married to the Mob last week and forgot how delightful all the little touches were. This bit really stood out and can't believe that I missed it in 1988 or the few times I've seen it in the intervening 33 years or so.

The headboard of the "romantic" hotel (that Dean Stockwell takes Nancy Travis to) says, "Veni, Veni, Veni" -- I came, I came, I came.

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by Anonymousreply 25January 17, 2022 11:27 PM

Um, I also grew up in Preppy Handbook land. Animal print is not preppy. Waspy and Preppy are not always equal, but often they are. Throw in a little Jewish here and there for Preppy.

by Anonymousreply 26January 17, 2022 11:30 PM

[quote]Throw in a little Jewish here and there for Preppy.


by Anonymousreply 27January 17, 2022 11:33 PM

Velvet leopard fabric is fantastic!

by Anonymousreply 28January 17, 2022 11:34 PM

John the Baptist made it work.

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by Anonymousreply 29January 17, 2022 11:36 PM

Even Mrs. Kennedy, our First Lady, rats her hair!

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by Anonymousreply 30January 17, 2022 11:37 PM

[quote] I had a pair of black suede and leopard faux fur loafers in the 90s.

It had a moment of popularity in the '90s.

Agree that it's now a basic print, like stripes. A little goes a long way, though.

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by Anonymousreply 31January 17, 2022 11:44 PM

Melania in cheetah print:

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by Anonymousreply 32January 17, 2022 11:44 PM

Nomi Malone in shimmering tiger print:

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by Anonymousreply 33January 17, 2022 11:46 PM

The legends can get it.

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by Anonymousreply 34January 17, 2022 11:47 PM

ver - sayce

by Anonymousreply 35January 17, 2022 11:47 PM

Believe it or not, I have a pair of fuzzy leopard print Chuck Taylors.

I hardly wore them because they were actually quite warm on my feet. I wonder if they're worth anything.

by Anonymousreply 36January 17, 2022 11:56 PM

My uncle was a swinger with a glass bottomed houseboat and a huge cock. I found his stretchaneenie leopard jockstrap when I rifled through his closet of sexy things.

by Anonymousreply 37January 18, 2022 12:00 AM

Love it for blouses. It's very chic with camel, browns and black. Jane Fonda and Sharon Stone can still pull it off. Not good for caftans, switch it up to zebra. Warning. Be careful with cow print.

by Anonymousreply 38January 18, 2022 12:15 AM

I love this.

What say you? Can a fashionable male pull off animal print accessories?

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by Anonymousreply 39January 18, 2022 12:47 AM

YSL Pour Homme.

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by Anonymousreply 40January 18, 2022 12:49 AM

R40 yes- R39 no because the scarf is feminine and that is the grodiest coat I've seen in years.

by Anonymousreply 41January 18, 2022 12:52 AM

The men wearing the leopard print seem ironic and campy, as specified in the original post.

by Anonymousreply 42January 18, 2022 1:41 AM
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