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20 Nov

Leopard denim has been stalking the streets for a while now, and it is one trend that invariably brings to mind a nursery rhyme my mother used to sing to me as a child: “when she was good, she was very very good; but when she was bad she was horrid!”

Yes, much like my infant personality, leopard is a print that tends to swing freely between opposite ends of the likeability spectrum. On the one hand, leopard worn well can be subtle, chic, and alluring. On the other, it can be…well, Jersey Shore.

Leopard + denim then, can often teeter on the edge of dressing disaster (I’ll save my musings on When Bad Denim Happens to Good People for later). Carine Roitfeld shows us how to stay on the chic side of the sartorial divide, keeping her Current/Elliott leopard jeans pared back with flats and a simple tee.

current/elliott leopard denim (via + carine roitfeld (via

Get the look at Shopbop:

Alida tee by Velvet; Leopard Stiletto jean by Current/Elliott; Delta Sandal by K. Jacques. All images via