There was a moment back in summer 2018 when the leopard-print dress was everywhere, in no small part thanks to the cult-like status of that Ganni wrap dress. As is the case with most trends, the style was eventually overtaken by the latest hot-off-the-press piece, yet despite its evident extroversion, leopard print has been a look that has simmered in the background ever since. While I wouldn't say it's everywhere for summer 2021, I have noticed multiple brands offering up their own iterations. It's almost as if it has become a verified wardrobe staple, and yes, I'm as surprised as you are.
There have always been fashion lovers who have regarded leopard print as a neutral, and while I wouldn't quite stretch to that definition, I would say that it appeals to me just as much as, if not more than, a classic floral dress. Just like florals, it is a print that has been applied to a variety of dress silhouettes, from wraps and minis to slips and smocks, meaning it has an unexpected versatility and ability to adapt to different tastes. Personally, I love the more tailored iterations that give the traditionally sassy print a bit of an edge. Think AllSaints's Ezra denim midi or H&M's thigh-grazing shirt dress. I'd wear both with my trusty Birkenstocks and square sunnies for low-key summer cool.
I also have to give a shout-out to Ashish's showstopping mini, which somehow manages to make leopard print, a mini hemline and sequins coexist in the same item of clothing. Now, I just need a party to wear it to. If the above is a little too OTT for your liking, I can also recommend some of the shirt-dress styles, such as this & Other Stories midi, which will look similarly as stylish for an event when worn with strappy heels and statement earrings. Try it—you just might become a convert.
So if you want to inject a little fun into your summer capsule, scroll on down to see and shop the leopard-print pieces that make summer dresses look 10 times cooler (in my opinion anyway).
Rixo's knit dress was a top seller last year with its '70s-inspired collar and cuffs.
I love how this showgoer styled her sultry slip dress with chunky trainers. Perfect for summer Sunday brunch.
Now, this is my kind of leopard-print dress. The classic wrap style and draped sleeves temper the noise of the fabric to create an oh-so-cool look.
Proof that this is a super-easy dress to style. Just keep it simple with black accessories and a trench coat.
Shop My Leopard-Print Dress Edit
H&M Oversized Shirt Dress (£18)
Faithfull the Brand Alexia Leopard-Print Gathered Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress (£189)
Arket Printed Tunic Dress (£69)
Ganni Ruffle-Neck Leopard-Print Organic-Cotton Dress (£215)
AllSaints Ezra Animal Denim Dress (£159)
Ganni Leopard-Print Silk-Blend Satin Mini Dress (£176)
Batsheva Crystal-Button Leopard-Print Velvet Mini Dress (£435)
Michael Kors Collection Leopard-Print Silk Crepe De Chine Shirt Dress (£1690)
& Other Stories Floaty Pleated Midi Dress (£95)
Ashish Leopard Sequinned Georgette Mini Dress (£1285)
Apiece Apart Mitte Leopard-Print Organic Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress (£495)
ASOS Design Button Through Tiered Smock Maxi Dress in Leopard Print (£38)
& Other Stories Fitted Linen Blend Mini Dress (£55)
Noisy May Denim Shirt Dress Wiith Frill Bib Detail in Leopard (£38)
H&M Balloon-Sleeved Dress (£25)
NastyGal Leopard Print Tie Front Smock Dress (£11)
Faithfull the Brand Eryn Tie-Detailed Tiered Leopard-Print Cotton-Poplin Mini Dress (£160)
Vila Cami Maxi Dress in Leopard Print (£20)
Ganni Puff-Sleeve Leopard-Jacquard Midi Dress (£225)
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