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Leopard print is one of those trends that’s always lurking in the background waiting to return to fashion in some new on point way.

Unfortunately though the cheetah trend has a pretty intimidating reputation – one which leaves many women wary of introducing it to their wardrobes for fear of stepping out dressed as Kat Slater II.

Thankfully, there is one foolproof way of channelling this style and that’s by following one of New York’s most idolised fashionistas and adding just a hint of print to an otherwise simple outfit.

Style influencer Olivia Palermo recently showed the world how leopard print should be done when she was snapped wearing an open-neck white cotton poplin shirt from Zara which features a nicely sized leopard print pocket.

Olivia paired the shirt to daytime perfection with a light blue pair of distressed jeans, yellow pumps, a top handle bag and oversized sunnies, but that’s not to say this chic piece couldn’t easily be dressed up with black skinnies, a coloured lip and a pair of heels.

The best part?  This shirt is currently available both in Zara stores and online for just €29.95.

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Once only affordable to the rich and famous, velvet is now one seriously classic and versatile fabric.

Let's be thankful then that it crops up everywhere from designer runways, to high-street rails… and even your granny's attic.

Warm, luxurious and rich in texture, having a key velvet piece is basically a necessity for ALL winter wardrobes.

Let's face it though, the material is also notoriously difficult to style. Yup get it wrong and it will only look costumey and awkward.  

So if you are worried your velvet creations will be a bit too on the nose this festive season, here is how to remain fashion forward (and not a fashion fail). 

 

Tailored 

Avoid wearing a lot of slouchy velvet and instead opt for tailored, fitted lines. A velvet suit is a handy trick to keep up your velvety sleeve as it transitions from business to casual seamlessly. Incorporate into a professional wardrobe for some rock chic texture or pair with a pair of trainers for day time cool. 

 

All in one 

Don’t be afraid to purchase a velvet piece for the party season. Dresses, playsuits and jumpsuits in this fabric are instantly glamorous and will add some warmth on those cold winter evenings. Pair velvet pieces with stripped back accessories in cool tones and minimal jewellery so that you don’t venture into costume territory. 

 

Mix n match 

Having velvet options can add new texture to your wardrobe that you may not have even known you were missing. Incorporate velvet shorts, a t shirt or cardigan into any outfit to add some depth as well as a soft touch. Velvet tends to come in super rich tones so style it up with solid colours such as grey, black, brown or navy. 

 

Style it up

If you are a bit fearless and want to add even more opulence to the most luxurious fabric on the planet, instead of layering it on, try opting for ornate patterns. Velvet is often used to create beautiful designs on plain fabric so use this for instant glamour. Pair ornate pieces with simple accessories that don’t overpower your look. 

 

Style it down

Velvet CAN be dressed down, but do it in the right way. Pair your velvet leggings with slouchy cardigans and a beanie or throw your velvet blazer over a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and trainers. Velvet can give any casual look a sense of refinement. 

 

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