Magic Fashion Essential: Leopard Scarf

Leopard is such a special and magic print. It’s powerful enough to transform a plain outfit into a chic one or … a vulgar one.

Leopard can be such a beloved print, I think Christian Dior who first used it as a print and not fur in its 1947 spring-summer collection should at the top of my list I’m thankful for. Others in the list include Yves Saint Laurent who developed the print and Dolce & Gabbana who even used leopard as a signature feature.

Thanks to all the talented designers, leopard can be today’s leopard, not the name of a fur, even not just the name of a print, it becomes a symbol of sophistication and elegance.

To me, the best way to rock this print is with accessories of course. You know I’m a big believer in accessorizing. A leopard scarf, my featured item today, or a pair of leopard pumps, which I will definitely discuss soon, will effortlessly add chicness to any outfit without be whelming. Let’s see how this star rocked her leopard scarf (picture from Instyle):

Rosie Huntington Whiteley in LA

Leopard really goes well with reddish hues. The print adds wilderness to this solid color, thus gives the outfit more adventure feeling.

Besides the pairing above, a bold print always look great with neutrals: for an effortless chic look, you can pair it with white tee and dark blazer; for a sophisticated downtown look, you can wear it with light colored tweed jacket and ankle boots; for a casual yet stylish look, you can pair it with strip tee and statement shoes.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley in London
Rosie Huntington Whiteley in West Hollywood
Rosie Huntington's "shopping look"

If you are in the market for a high-quality leopard scarf, consider cashmere silk blend material, which is soft and comfy, also can give you the warmth you need when temperature drops. The beloved one is the below from Louis Vuitton. I believe you already saw it on so many celebrities and fashion followers.

Louis Vuitton Leopard stole scarf

Leopard scarf is really an investment piece. It will stay in your closet for decades and still style you effortlessly. Here are other designer scarves I like. Check them here, here and here:

YVES SAINT LAURENT Leopard-print silk-chiffon scarf
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Leopard skull silk-chiffon scarf
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Leopard Skull silk-chiffon scarf

More affordable versions can also be found at Forever 21, Asos or Zara. I personally like this one from Bebe, the tassels make it more easy-going. Besides the low price, the material feels very soft, worth a try.

Bebe Animal Print Tassel Scarf

A blogger Wendy even scored her leopard scarf from a local fabric store and she wrote on her blog:” This year is not over yet, but I have to say that this find is probably my best purchase of the year.” (Pictures from

Blogger Wendy's DIY leopard scarf

Franca Sozzani, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia once said :”The strength of leopard lies in the surprise it creates when paired with classic pieces. ” So explore your powerful and magic leopard pieces and have fun!



By Helen Hou

I'm Helen. In the huge fashion world, what attracts me the most is the way different people accessorize themselves. Our daily outfit choices are not just about the pieces we pick, they relate to something lurking deeply within our hearts: how we feel about ourselves, how we express ourselves to the rest of the world, what kind of people do we want to be and what kind of life do we want to live. Following my passion for fashion, I immerse myself in this bizarre world and try my best to share what I learned with you!