We’ve always liked to think of leopard print as a wardrobe staple that’s also a maximalist neutral, but this summer the pattern climbed the sartorial ranks with the rise of the spotted midi skirt. And it looks like the trend is sticking around for yet another season. The proof is in the pins, where searches for “cheetah skirt” are up a whopping 1,604 percent on Pinterest. So we rounded up eight of the best examples of leopard print skirt styling we could find to inspire you now through the end of fall (and maybe even into winter, too).
White Denim + Classic Tee + Strappy Sandals
As temps start to drop, opt for autumnal staples in unexpected summery colors, like a denim jacket and T-shirt in bright whites.
Plaid Blazer + Belt + Black Pumps
Coterie member Krystal Bick knows exactly how to combine a slew of trends into one supremely cool transitional look. Pair your skirt with plaid, fall’s other top pattern, and swap in kitten heels or pointy-toe flats if stilettos aren’t really your thing.
Button-down Shirt + White Sneakers
Think of this spotted piece as a fun swap for anytime you might wear jeans. In this case, they add the perfect amount of trendy style to an easy, go-to weekend look.
Oversized Sweater + White Booties
You know those brisk fall mornings when pajamas feel just right, but in reality, you do need to look put together? This outfit is your saving grace. The roomy knit is all things cozy, while the easy leopard skirt adds an instant pop of chic.
Sherpa Jacket + White T-Shirt + Ankle Boots
We fully admit that this print can easily cross the line into Fran Drescher territory, but one surefire way to keep the wild pattern grounded is by pairing it with outdoorsy fabrics. Think teddy bear wool sweaters and clean basics, like a crew-neck tee and leather booties.
Patterned Sweater + Classic Tote + Bright Heels
On the other hand, if you’d rather play up the innate showy nature of leopard, top it off with a colorful knit in a contrasting print. Hint: When you’re playing patterns, make sure they’re different in size, and look for one consistent color that exists in both pieces to visually pull the outfit together. For example, in this case, it’s the subtle orange tone.
Moto Jacket + Bright Sweater + Sock Boots
Brights are yet another seasonal trend, and they’re a striking complement to a leopard print skirt. Layer on a moto jacket and sleek sock booties for edgy warmth that doesn’t compete with the look’s key players.
Teddy Coat + Black Sweater + Colorful Crossbody + Sneakers
Take a cue from Coterie member Caroline Juen, who has the right idea by mixing casual staples with a punchy avocado-green coat and contrasting red bag.