Leopard print

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 November, 2011, 12:00am


Leopard print often gets a bad rap when it comes to menswear. Many consider it too gaudy and risqu? and others associate it with dirty old men who prey on young model types. But in the past couple of seasons, more men have warmed to the idea.

Leopard prints are not the sole domain of women; a lot of designers are finding ways to make this motif relatable to men too. Designer Dries Van Noten likes to accent his men's looks with a touch of leopard now and then, either in the form of a scarf or a lapel.

How can you incorporate leopard into your wardrobe without looking affected? Avoid the traditional brownish yellow-and-black leopard print. Instead, look for updated versions. This could mean a leopard print in an unexpected colouring such as army green. Look out for unusual shapes where the spots are either enlarged and oversized or abstracted in a way that they look like tiny brushstrokes.

Lastly, wear leopard prints sparingly. As they're already quite a statement-maker, follow Marc by Marc Jacobs' example and team a leopard print top (HK$890) with neutral coloured trousers and shoes.

A lot of designers are playing with colours to make leopard prints more edgy, youthful and current. This ball cap from Versace for H&M (HK$199) will let you wear the trend without compromising your street swagger.

Use the print as an accent to your usual outfit. When it gets cold, lift the colour of your dark suit with a leopard-print scarf (Louis Vuitton, HK$6,990). Wrap it around your neck and expose a bit of it to surprise people.

Yves Saint Laurent makes the look accessible to men by using the print to create high top sneakers (HK$5,950). It's fused with more conventional materials like leather and rubber.