Spotted

Has there ever been a Fall season that a LEOPARD COAT has not been in style?

Image via Grazia Daily; From left: Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy
Image via Grazia Daily; From left: Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy

 

I think not.

October 1955

Nope, never.

Erin Wasson; Frame Denim spring 2014 campaign
Erin Wasson; Frame Denim spring 2014 campaign

 

It’s ageless, timeless. A leopard coat is a fashion classic.

Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti, 1966.

 

Kate Moss has made the wild pattern part of her signature style.

Getty / Neil Mockford

Kate Moss has been wearing hers solidly since circa 1994.
Vogue, The Return Of The Leopard-Print Coat

 

I have a few leopard coats that I gleefully pull out every Fall. I’ve worn them for decades, and to this day, I get compliments whenever I wear one of my spotted coats.

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Vintage leopard-print

I have a collection of vintage fur coats that I love and wear and do not feel guilty about. I even inadvertently acquired a rare Ocelot jacket. Jay and I had gone to an auction preview and I saw the coat pictured above and fell in love with it. So, like a great guy, Jay went to the auction in the hopes of getting it for me despite our meagre budget. He won the auction, but it wasn’t until he went to collect the coat that he realised that he won not one coat, but a lot of eight, including a rare ocelot jacket.

The ocelot has one of the most beautiful coats of any animal in the world. Its fur is golden over most of its body, with white or cream on the belly; splashed over the background colour are all sorts of patterns!
~  San Diego Zoo, Animals and Plants

Interestingly, each ocelot has a unique coat pattern and the right and left side patterns and colour are different. Leopardus pardalis is the taxonomic name for ocelots and means like a leopard.

It is rare to see an ocelot coat because it became illegal to bring ocelots or their skins into the US and other countries in 1972. It would certainly be the most valuable fur in my collection. And arguably, the most gorgeous.

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Throwing a spotted coat over your shoulders is the easiest way to instantly transform your look. It is surprisingly versatile, going from rocker-chic cool to uptown glam, to elegantly sophisticated.

Isabella Rossellini
Isabella Rossellini, Richard Avedon,1985 

So if you don’t have a leopard coat in your wardrobe,

start hunting.

You need one.

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Or, ahem, three.

 

ADD SOME SPOTS TO YOUR WARDROBE:
GANNI Leopard Print Silk-Stretch Satin Dress
Haircalf Leather Wristlet Clutch
CHARLOTTE TILBURY Hot Lips 2, Red Hot SusanGlowing Jen

 

STEVE MADDEN Kitkat Leopard Calf Hair & Leather PumpsFeather Pointed Leopard Flats

WEEKEND MAX MARA Max Mara Animal Print Square Scarf

Print Jersey Wrap Dress

HEYS Leopard Luggage Tag

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. August 28, 2019
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    Loved this post! To be honest, I’m not a huge animal print lover, but there are few exceptions! A leopard coat is definitely one of them! 🙂 Also, because I love vintage style and those 3/4 sleeves coats with a little black hat, diamond earrings, ahhh! It’s so elegant and classy!

    xx Bri | http://www.brigitadaisy.com

  2. August 29, 2019
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    Hi Susan, I always learn something new from reading your posts, for example, I have never heard of an ocelot! Lovely seeing you “modeling” you coat. You have such timeless style. xo Nipa

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