Pattern Mixing-Leopard and Lace

1960s faux leopard coat

My winter outfit choices are limited as I have lived in Florida for many years.  But now that I spend several months in New England, including the late fall,  I had to come up with creative ways to stretch what I do have. Now that I’ve opened my mind to it, I found that mixing patterns can be a great way to get more mileage out of  a limited wardrobe.

The outfit in this post was inspired  by one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Jess from Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, where she did a fabulous job of pairing leopard print with lace pieces.

It’s been pretty chilly up here in the Boston area. We even had a snow storm a few nights ago. First time I’ve driven in snow in about 30 years! And, yes, it was definitely no fun, just as I remembered it from when I lived up here many, many moons ago.

But staying up here this late means I get a chance to break out my 1960s faux leopard coat. The poor thing never sees the light of day down in Florida.

Theresa outfit Nov 2018

I needed an outfit that would work for dinners out with the husband. Usually I would have immediately gone for solid black to wear with the leopard coat since it’s 3/4 length, so anything worn beneath it was going to show.  But if the coat was going to get more wear, I had to think outside the box.  Inspired by Jess’s post, I started out with a black and gray  lacy print knit pencil skirt I had purchased a few years ago from Anthropologie, added floral lace patterned tights,  my 1950s red cashmere cardigan and a vintage red silk chiffon scarf that has a black lace print on it.

In my vintage jewelry stash I even found some 6os leopard print clip on earrings! And, of course, I had to wear a vintage brooch on the sweater.

To add another pop of color, I wore my green suede Faryl Robin 40s inspired peep toe pumps, Relic purse and a 1950s wool felt pixie hat.

1960s faux leopard fur jacket

60s faux leopard coat

60s leopard jacket

1960s faxu leopard coat-Vintage Style Files

I think the key to getting mixed prints to look classy instead of clashy is to make sure you keep them in similar or complementary color families and patterns.  Leopard prints are intriguing, being both very noticeable AND neutral, which pretty much means there’s a lot of options for mixing it with other prints and colors.

Do you incorporate leopard into your wardrobe? Do you mix it with other patterns?

Till next time…….





Jess/Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday

By | 2018-11-20T09:49:03-04:00 November 19th, 2018|Fashion, My Vintage Style|12 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 23, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks, Jess! And, yes, you do need to take out your vintage leopard coat. Am looking forward to seeing how you style it.

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

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    Jessica A Jannenga November 22, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Oh my Theresa,
    First, thank you so much for featuring me and my outfit. I am inspired as well! Wow, I LOVE the outfit you put together, so many of the elements I love as well. Your leopard coat is beautiful. I need to take out my vintage leopard swing coat and wear it soon, it is a fav piece.
    The vibrant red, with your stunning scarf and those textured tights are a feast for my eyes! I love the addition of the green and those suede peeptoes. So fantastic!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 22, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Oh yes, Ann. You need to take that coat for a spin! Luckily the snow here melted right away. It was pretty for a short time. But I’m hoping to be back in Florida before the serious snowing starts!

  4. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 22, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Thanks, Nancy! Those are one of my favorite pairs of shoes!

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 22, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Hi Ada. Thanks for the compliment and thanks for stopping by. Will check out your linkup. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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    Ann November 21, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Your leopard coat is gorgeous, Theresa. I have a vintage one too, inherited from a Great Aunt, although I must confess it sorely needs an outing! That’s some marvellous pattern mixing you’ve done here, and I especially love the addition of the moss green bag, shoes and hat. I’m swooning over that divine pixie hat! No snow here yet, and I am glad of it. It’s only fun when you don’t have to venture outside … xxx

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    Nancy November 21, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Oh wow! Ho great to meet you and your blog! I am druling over those shoes!

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    Ada November 20, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Hi, I am Ada. I found you via Jess’ Blog. Love your feminine, bold, fun, colorful retro style. Very ladylike! I love red and leopard, so two great looks. That is a fab coat and a fab hat!

    Make sure to link up with me, all your latest posts this week on Thursday Moda – a new linkup goes live every Thursday! Welcome by. =)

    Have a fantastic holiday weekend and Happy Thanksgiving! <3 Ada.

  9. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 20, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Wow Vix. Can’t believe you had snow last month. That’s kind of early for the UK, no? Leopard boots sound groovy. Think I need to get a pair. Never saw a dalmation print coat.Since I’m a big fan of black and white, I’m sure I’d love it!

  10. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 20, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Suzanne, you are the master of print mixing! I can imagine it must get pretty cold up there in Toronto. Some winter you should take a trip to Florida and meet up with me and Patti. She’a only a couple of hours from me.

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    Vix November 20, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Gah! Snow! We had our first snow last month and are forecast for some tomorrow, I’d kill to live in a land of endless sunshine.
    Your leopard coat is gorgeous and perfect with the green accessories. Leopard is a neutral, isn’t it? It goes with anything.
    I always sell any leopard print fake furs I find but do have a great pair of ankle boots I took as part payment for a vintage dress from a cash strapped customer. A regular customer gave me her husband’s late mother’s 1950s fake dalmation print coat, it’s miles too big but I could never sell it! xxx

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    Suzanne November 19, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    All these yummy textures together make for a delicious ensemble. So many details worth adoring.

    I love the unusual choice of moss green and red. Very festive!

    As you know I’m a big fan of combining prints and always think of leopard as a neutral.

    I wish we had Florida to look forward to in order to escape winter.


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