SIGNATURE STYLE: Leopard is a neutral 🐆

My new “old” leopard coat !

Welcome to the February SIGNATURE STYLE blogpost with Cindy, Kim and I. Thanks for stopping by and reading what all of us have to say 🙏🏻 And i’m thrilled we are writing about leopard print this month as I am a bit fond 😂 but isn’t everyone? If you look at what is in the stores, you would think the world is leopard mad! But it hasn’t always been that way…

So here’s a little story of how I fell for it and it only happened about 10 years ago. (And keep in mind, back then here wasn’t an awful lot of leopard print around except on old ladies and cushions 😂) I was only 45 and my style was quite different to how it is today. I wore a lot of black… as did my then business partner. She thought it elegant, chic and the simple backdrop in clothing needed to work in the Interior Design industry. (That way anything we showed clients wouldn’t clash). But what she always did, was add a bit of leopard … because as she always said “leopard is a neutral” … scarves, a cuff, a coat, a blouse, a shoe… there was always “just a bit” and the result was pure sophistication. And I was sold! I wanted that, albeit, my twist was more rock chick than her Euro Chic 😂


This does not mean I own a ton of it nor wear it head to toe, but whenever I do slip on a leopard garment, I can’t do so without thinking of Isabella 😍 So when I purchased this old season Top Shop coat (for $50) in the top pic secondhand recently, I knew she’d approve. And it would definitely work with one of her all black ensembles! But as you know, I’ve said goodbye to most of my black so using my existing wardrobe, I’m wondering if I can style it a few ways to look more Euro chic than rock chick 😂

For my first look, I’ve gone for an everyday run around outfit. Trainers, leather leggings and an oversized knit. All great for a cooler day indoors, then throw on the leopard coat to jazz it up with a pop of pattern when you head out…


And for work…i’d choose similar colours. Black bottoms, but this time a pair of culottes. A lovely merino wool turtle neck and some flat boots (also purchased secondhand.. you can read about how I bought those HERE 😉). It’s a little more tailored…


And for the evening I’ve pulled out an ancient dress. I really like the pattern and texture clash between the dress and the coat. The dress however is no longer my best length so it’s since been put in my alteration pile as I think it may make a great blouse, with the belt as a pussy bow …. unless I can find another secondhand somewhere to add an extra tier🤔


If you do happen to like this coat, you may find it on a secondhand site. I actually saw the exact same one on the UK Depop site while writing this. It may have gone by now. Alternatively, there is a similar one HERE, but its way more expensive and more blue than grey. Regardless, its a very common leopard print, colourway and style, so it wouldn’t be hard to replicate. And you can always use my image in the top pic and ”shop it with the google lens” in the GOOGLE APP. I wrote about how you can do this on my last blog post that you read HERE.

The wonderful thing about leopard print is that it is now a staple, so will now never look ”old lady” or strictly be for cushions 😂… and below are a few of my previously shared looks that I will continue to wear and repeat 🐆😊 Interestingly, all are for the cooler weather 🤔


Which made me take a look at my Summer wardrobe…. and I only have one garment, a blouse, which you can watch me style in this video:

Now … I do wonder what my blogging pals have to say:

CINDY HATTERSLEY DESIGN

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STYLE

Sarah xx

9 comments

  1. cynthiahattersley · February 16

    I LOVE that Topshop coat! I had a similar one a few years back and got rid of it. I have no idea what I was thinking too!! Sarah, I love the dress and coat combo. Those two patterns are just fabulous together. Okay, that hat is to die for! Did you mention where that beauty came from? You always have such clever ways of rethinking things. Just adore your style. This series is always so much fun. FYI great minds think alike…leopard is a neutral in my book!

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  3. kim · February 16

    Sarah super post. Love how your friend influenced you. I have had many do the same when I was starting out in my first jobs! I still think of those women and their great style. I love this coat you found. It’s a classic in shape and the perfect print. You’re going to use is for years and with so much. Funny, now that you mention it, I really wear leopard in the winter and fall mainly too. Guess it’s the colors? You certainly have a nice collection of leopard and it shows how these unique pieces add so much to our wardrobes and work for so many years. Love doing this with you both and as always you’ve gotten me thinking about more ways to wear leopard!! xo Kim

  4. LA CONTESSA · February 17

    YOU ARE ROCKING THE LEOPARD…………..SO WHAT IF IT TOOK SOMETIME YOU ARE THERE NOW!!!
    DO YOUR GIRLS WEAR LEOPARD?WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE A PHOTO WITH YOUR GIRLS ARE THEY UP FOR THAT?LOVELY POST……………..THE COMMENT SECTION IS HARD TO FIND I WOULD EXPLAIN AT THE BEGINNING THAT BEFORE YOU START READING THE POST CLICK ON THE TITLE OF THE POST IN ORDER TO COMMENT.I EVEN HAD A REALLY HARD TIME WITH IT TODAY AS WHEN WE CLICK OVER FROM CINDY OR KIMS POST THE COMMENT SECTION IS NOT THERE………….I HOPE THIS is Helpful information .XXXX

  5. sarahlondonstyle · February 17

    Thank you Elizabeth. I appreciate your feedback. And surprisingly they don’t wear leopard often as they are far more edgy and refer to it as “basic” 😂

  6. Heidi · February 17

    Nice post Sarah! I absolutely love leopard. I try not to overdo it but I have a lot in my wardrobe and always find more to love! That TopShop coat is really great. I have two leopard and one (faux) snakeskin coat. Do you think I need another animal print coat? Sadly, no!
    Xo Heidi

  7. Connie · February 27

    How may I subscribe to the blog please?

  8. sarahlondonstyle · February 27

    At the bottom of where you leave a comment, there is an option to receive my posts by email.

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