The Leopard Print Coat: It’s Back, And Better Than Ever

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If you didn't get one last winter, then there's no excuse! This season it's all about the leopard print coat.

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Coat season is nearly upon us which is pretty much the perfect excuse to invest in your new outerwear. And there’s nothing more key than a leopard print coat right now.

From Brigitte Bardot to Alexa Chung, this animal print cover-up has fast become an icon in its own right, and has pretty much remained a constant on the trend scene every autumn/winter. We’ve seen faux fur styles, car coats and even leopard trenches; whatever your preference, it’s one of the most popular prints of all.

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A few seasons ago, Shrimps was catapulted to fame when London ‘It’ girls like Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof wore her designs, which featured a graphic leopard print and colourful furry colour. Since then, leopard has been bigger than ever before, and now is no exception.

And for AW16, everyone from Roberto Cavalli to Isabel Marant incorporated the leopard print coat into their collections, once again cementing it as an autumnal staple with serious longevity. While it’s a statement in its own right, it will go with everything in your wardrobe, from jeans and tees for off-duty cool to LBDs and stacked heels after dark. It really is that versatile.

From our very own high street giants like Mango, ASOS and River Island to the likes of Claudie Pierlot and By Malene Birger, there is leopard print enough for all this season; whatever your budget. Tailored cuts work particularly well; the timeless shape helps balance out the more stand-out pattern, which is perfect if you’re a bit of a print-phobe.

Banish all thoughts of Pat Butcher; a leopard print coat really is one of the chicest investments you can make for the colder season. Which will inevitably be here even sooner than we think; this is Britain, after all!

We’ve picked out our fave coats for you too choose from, just to make your shopping experience even easier (and happier). So, go wild. (Sorry.)

By Chloe Forde.