But it's the pants I was struck by. Yet again with the leopard! I wouldn't go that far (leopard pants . . . not for me) but I have recently invested in two very leopard accessories.
Pork pie leopard hat from Bon Marche Thrift Store, Sonoma, $15.
How could I resist? It reminded me so much of this iconic photo:
Tuppence Ha'penny by Charlotte blogs about the leopard pillbox hat, here as well. Thredbanger on how to make a pillbox.
Leopard print hide & leather bag, Church Mouse Thrift Store in Sonoma, $20.
I also scored this more subtle leopard scarf and a skinny gold belt.
The thing about leopard is it is very vintage. Yet it reminds me, when it is in anything clothing (rather than accessory) of the 1980s. And I just . . . can't. I feel very daring having even strayed into bag, scarf, and hat territory. I haven't had the courage to wear them yet, but I will soon. They are too cute to resist for long. Somehow I simply find leopard accessories more manageable.
Although, that said, I do have a leopard bathing suit I've worn on several occasions, so I guess I'm not that scared.
Leopard is so iconic of the 1950s that I believe I really must rise above these negative 1980s associations.
So I thought, with so many leopard bits and bobs surfacing, I might explore a few ways to buy leopard now, and make it look like it was from the past, but not the 80s past. Here we go!
You can wear full shirts, coats, dresses, trousers, or skirts of leopard and still look retro.
Queen Dita and Amber Heard for Guess Fall 2011
Dior's Mitzah Bricard Collection and the lady herself
I owned a beautiful pair of leopard peep toe pumps but they sadly got destroyed by an encounter with a street grate (ah the hazard of stilettos). It was very traumatizing, and, if you don't mind, I'd rather not think about the loss.
For a quick vintage take, I think the simplest is actually to add leopard trim onto a dress, hat, or coat.
Christian Dior coat dress ca. 1947 via The Kyoto Costume Institute
Dolores del Rio
But if you haven't the time or the sewing skills? Leopard accessorizes. I never think of combining leopard with color, btu now I might do it for fun.
Also, I'm kind of dieing to try these:
Jacques Doucet dress ca. 1880 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art