Animal print has been around since before the 1960's and it looks like it is here to stay.
In 1947 Christian Dior popularized the Leopard print with his "New Look" collection in wear unlike previously instead of using it as fur it was the first time he used it as a print. For cheetah print there is no particular moment where it was popularized, but it joined the animal print movement in the 1960's along with zebra, tiger, leopard, snake, giraffe and more.
I go through phases like most when it comes to prints. I pretty much am a minimal solids person, but I love to pair a dark solid with a fun animal print. It feels and looks so chic and slightly more elevated and fun then a typical blouse and bottom.
Until recently I did not care to learn the difference between leopard and cheetah print. I just called it all cheetah print. Realizing my ignorance, I decided to do some research and help others like me figure out the true difference between the two prints.
Lets start with the cheetah. They cheetah has spots, while the leopard has what looks more like rosettes. Take a look below at the images of the two animals next to each other. Can you tell which is which?
The left is the cheetah while the right is the leopard. The distinction is very clear side by side.
So is that cute shirt in your closet a cheetah print or a leopard? I'm going to share a few cheetah/leopard outfits because of course this is a fashion blog and clothes and outfits are a must. Take a look and now see if you can tell which print is cheetah and which is leopard.
Old Navy thrifted crop demin jacket
Charlotte Russe square neck cami body suit
Uknown denim print skirt
Target Faux Leather Leggings
Local Shop Knee high boots
Amazon one shoulder bodysuit
That was a bit of a trick question. ALL of these were a leopard print! I love pairing leopard print with black it compliments the pattern while not clashing with it.
Let me know what your thoughts are on these animal prints and how you style them!