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Holiday Trend Report: Leopard Print

The holidays are my absolute favorite time of the year — decorating my home, spending time with friends and family, wrapping presents, watching It’s a Wonderful Life for the umpteenth time. Nevertheless, it’s hard to be festive when you have last-minute gift shopping hanging over your head.

Let’s face it. There are some women who are harder to shop for than others. But instead of wandering around a mall waiting for inspiration to strike, I let fashion trends be my muse.

Leopard prints seem to be a perennial runway favorite — and this season was no exception. Designers everywhere took a walk on the wild side, providing this classic pattern with permanent residence on best-dressed lists. I travel a lot and love seeing the way women across the country (and the world) have interpreted this trend.

Whether worn head to toe or just as an accent, it looks great on everyone. Leading ladies throughout cinematic history prove my point. Who can forget Marilyn Monroe’s matching cape and muff in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes or Mrs. Robinson’s bra and half-slip in The Graduate?

Naturally, this pattern has found its way into the intimate apparel world, making it an of-the-moment gift idea (it’s no coincidence that three of the choices in my Guide to Gifting feature leopard print!)

But don’t forget about yourself this season. Leopard print lingerie is a great way to add some spice to your favorite little black dress, even if you’re the only one who knows it’s there. It’s a subtly sexy way of giving your holiday wardrobe an instant boost.

Here are some of my favorite leopard print looks for this season.

PJ Salvage RPCHPJ4

Comfy, cute and completely on-trend. These PJs are perfect for Christmas morning Instagram moments. Group photos, anyone?

Ugg 1106251

The antidote to dashing through the snow. I consider these slippers to be the equivalent of a hug for my feet — I wear mine constantly!

Natori H74054

This luxurious robe supports my “one for me, one for you” holiday shopping philosophy. Yes, I’d love to see this under my tree — but it’s also a fun gift to give anyone in touch with her inner jungle cat.

Hue 20871

Stay a step ahead in these fun socks. They’re a great stocking stuffer for anyone who always lands on her feet. 

Elomi EL4352

Wear under a high-necked sheath or let it peek out from underneath a satin blouse. Either way, a bra like this offers fierce support for the DD+ fashion devotee.

DKNY DK4524 & DK4516

Perfect under slinky fabrics and fine-gauge knits – or any other time you need a fashionable pick-me-up.

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