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Leopard prints and hair colors that purr well together

Relating a leopard print to your hair coloring on BrendaKinsel.com

A warm leopard print looks best on Debra


What color are your spots?

Leopard prints come in different color ways. I mostly think of them as a warm brown-beige-black combo. But you’ve also find leopard prints in electric colors too: royal blue, purple, hot pink. I would call these leopard prints one’s that are not found in nature. I prefer the traditional ones, myself.

But a funny thing happened in line at Peet’s and I have to share!

My friend Debra and were meeting there for coffee. We were standing in line jabbering away. But someone in line broke into our conversation.

“Wow, look at you two! You’re both wearing leopard print, did you realize that?” she asked.

We hadn’t really.

She didn’t stop there.

“You’re wearing a leopard print that goes with your hair,” speaking to Debra, “and you’re wearing a leopard print that goes with your hair,” she said to me.

We stopped our talking, stood back and looked at each other. Neither one of us had noticed any of that!

This woman was absolutely right. And how astute of her to bring it up to a fashion consultant, no less!

Cooler leopard prints work better on me

My leopard print is much cooler and relates to my hair coloring.


This made me think of another leopard print I ran into recently. Remember this one below? I posted this picture when I was talking about brooches recently. Mariam is the person wearing it and her hair is really dark, nearly black, and this print is gorgeous with her hair coloring.




The leopard print lineup

When I got home I lined up my leopard print wardrobe staples: a DVF silk blouse, a Rebecca Taylor silk and cashmere blend cardigan, and my very first leopard print purchase ever–a coat by Dana Buchman in a wool and acrylic blend purchased long, long ago.


A variety of leopard print for your wardrobe on BrendaKinsel.com

Leopard prints in silk, cashmere, and wool

I credit the woman in line for making me think about this in a clarifying way. People with warm hair tones will look good in warmer leopard prints. People with cool hair tones will look best in cooler leopard prints. People in neon leopard prints are probably doing their own thing and don’t need my advice.


Layering a top over leopard print on BrendaKinsel.com

Wearing a silk leopard print DVF blouse under my elbow-length black layer


An added note: I opened up the latest issue of AARP magazine. In the table of contents it told me that leopard prints are back, read all about it on page eight. I never noticed leopard prints being gone long enough to be back, but that’s okay.

It makes mention of the British Prime Minister’s leopard kitten heels that got lots of press. And it showed Rod Stewart wearing leopard print shoes. Catherine Deneuve appears to be in a fur leopard print coat.

And the point is, Brenda? Celebrities are just like us. We’re all doing it!

I know you don’t all wear leopard print but those of you who do, what’s the color way of your prints?




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  • Reply
    Rebekah Jaunty
    December 13, 2016 at 1:51 am

    “People in neon leopard prints are probably doing their own thing and don’t need my advice.”

    Ha! Well said.

    I wear animal print gloves every day in Winter and they cheer me right up.

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      December 13, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Oh what a great idea!!! That makes me remember that I had a pair of animal print gloves too. I wonder what happened to them. I think I need them again!!!
      I love how they cheer you up. That’s so cool! Thanks for sharing!

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    December 13, 2016 at 4:55 am

    What a great post Brenda! I have never thought of this either and have loved animal prints generally my whole life. This id gouging to send me to check my inventory but I think this is true for me too – that I have favored the cooler shades, and with my hair getting more gray, the new fave i probably an Equipment silk chiffon blouse. I think I will start with that for today’s outfit and will think of this post all day.

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      December 13, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Deanne, this is so great! I’m glad it had you going to your closet. Probably we’ll all be looking at people in animal prints and checking out their coloring, right? Could probably spot five people on the streets in animal print. I hope your day is just grand! Thanks, Deanne, for your inspiration!

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    December 13, 2016 at 5:25 am

    I love leopard prints but usually wear them as shoes, as I have cool coloring and most leopard prints are too warm to wear close to my face. I love the cool leopard print sweater you are wearing!

    Sadly, Catherine Deneuve is probably wearing a real fur, as she is shameless about wearing animal furs! As an animal lover, I think real fur belongs on the animal and only stick to the animal prints!

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      December 13, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Yes, when I looked at the picture it had that drape of a real fur. That went through my mind as well. When I saw that leopard print cardigan it was a no-brainer. I said yes to it immediately. And with Debra and I standing right next to each other it was truly obvious why I was wearing the cooler print and she was wearing the warmer one! Maybe you’ll find your way with leopard prints and find a cool one so you can wear it closer to your face. Thanks, Linda!

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    December 13, 2016 at 7:24 am

    I love anything leopard, blouse, shirt, in the wild!! Warm caramel colors make my heart sing!! it’s easy for me to pass on the cooler tones…thanks for the reminder as to the why’s!!

    A faithful fan,

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      December 13, 2016 at 8:23 am

      I love why’s!!! Isn’t it fun how we can respond to animal prints but the right animal prints for us. Cheers to you, my friend!

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    marcia l miller
    December 13, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Animal prints never seem to completely leave us. Many prints like plaids and florals get bigger and smaller, bolder and softer, darker and brighter – that makes them hard to keep current. But animals do not change their spots so they are easier to keep in the fashion rotation. A leopard print containing my hair color almost makes it a basic!

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      December 13, 2016 at 11:54 am

      I so agree with you, Marcia. I too serif more as a basic, classic really. Like pearls! Always in. Appreciate your point about floral prints. So true!

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    December 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I’m of the neon persuasion, but I do have mostly warm leopard prints, having been naturally blonde all my life until the colour faded, as it does. But my skin tone still favours warm. On another note, the best hair dye job I ever had was a leopard print! I started with patchy henna over my artificial blonde (I do this only occasionally, as I don’t really mind grey), and then my daughter added blobs of brown when she was doing her own hair and had some dye left over. One of those things that just came together and I could never repeat, but I loved it while it lasted.

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      December 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Laurice, your are our adventurous warrior! I’m so glad you are sharing your neon persuasion. I love it! Your leopard hair just makes me smile. I love your spirit!

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    Carol S
    December 13, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you for your post. Very interesting about how people are drawn to patterns that go with their hair. I think many people look great in leopard or animal print. For me I am the opposite. I go out of my way not to buy leopard, zebra, snake etc. prints. Perhaps because I am a plant person and prefer flower and leaf prints.

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      December 13, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      I was not a leopard print person for decades! And then it just seemed to happen. But I also know what you mean about preferring flower and leaf prints. This summer I was really drawn to floral prints. My most fun floral was one in blue, white, and a coral/orange. It made me so happy! That is my new terrain. Thanks for your comment!

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    Vivian Harrington
    December 13, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    I went for one year where I avoided leopard prints; then like a lightning strike, I was back! Embrace the at! At this point in my life I’m embracing wRm leopard

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      December 13, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      I just love having a blog because I get to learn so much about people, like you, Vivian. I love that hiatus of a year and then the snap back to leopard print. I can just see it! Thanks for sharing. I’m sitting here grinning!!!

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    December 14, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I don’t wear leopard as a clothing item because I like to keep things simple, and if I wear patterns they’re florals. BUT– I bought a quarter-yard of leopard print fleece and made some hats, and they are quite jolly. They don’t work for me so much– too warm in color so I’ll hand them on. But I noticed some charcoal grey leopard print fleece last time I was at the fabric store, and maybe that will work for me, with my “winter” coloring and silver hair. thanks for the analysis!

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      December 14, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Thanks for inspiring us with more ways to think of using leopard print. I envy how clever you are with making things!

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    December 15, 2016 at 12:14 am

    I’ve never liked animal prints…until….I saw a subtle black and deep blue chiffon summer over-blouse about 3 years ago, and tried it on! Being a dark haired brunette with brown eyes, it looked great (to my surprise) !! So I bought it and still love it !!

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      December 20, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      How fun to hear about this. Isn’t it fun to be surprised by new things? I bet you’ll continue to wear it a lot!

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    February 6, 2019 at 9:31 am

    M 66 this month. Having a terrible time with my closet of clothes. I’m only 5’1 yes blue eyes. I’ve let my hair go natural, white. I have natural curly hair, it’s kind of wild, but I have it fairy short. I’m in a real funk with my style. Where do I start.

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      February 7, 2019 at 9:02 am

      Start by devoting some time to figuring out what you love–colors, shapes, patterns, etc. Love will get you closer to style. And you’re nudging me to speak more about style in the future. You can come out of this funk and be really happy about your style, I promise. Do you have any of my books? Every one of them has style help in them. That’s another place to start.

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    Vikki Andrews
    May 18, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    You are adorable! Love your style! Get so many ideas from your posts!

    Thank you!

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