How to Wear Leopard Print Pants

Model Cheyenne Tozzi rocks leopard print jeans, keeping it neutral and simple up top so she looks refined, not like she's playing
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Loud animal prints might seem difficult to pull off, but the key to wearing them without looking "overdone" is to pair them with minimal accessories and a shirt or sweater that won't steal the spotlight.

1 Pants and Shoes

To avoid the occasional animal-print pitfall of looking "costumey," Refinery 29 recommends choosing a leopard print pant in a sharp silhouette -- think high-waisted, slim-fit trousers or skinny jeans. To keep the look sophisticated, pair your pants with heeled shoes but not stilettos. Black wedge booties or classic black ankle boots both transition well from day to night. Choose a suede or matte leather pair. With such an eye-catching print on your pants, you want your shoes to be sleek and not shiny -- avoid glossy materials such as patent leather.

2 Tops and Accessories

When choosing what to wear up top, it's best to go with something simple and black. For a casual weekend outing, go with a chunky, oversize sweater and pile on some black ceramic bangles. For a sleeker, more uptown look, wear a crisp black satin blouse topped with an open-front black blazer or fitted jacket.

A pop culture junkie, Italophile and chronic sufferer of the travel bug, Mary Gray is an arts, entertainment and travel writer. Based in Florence, Italy, she is the Tuscany news editor of "The Florentine" English newspaper, co-manages social media for an international tour operator, and has been published in Italian daily "La Repubblica."

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