You know how these things go – one blogger posts a picture of themselves in something on Instagram, then another, then suddenly they’re everywhere. Normally I don’t bother about these things because they’re usually something a bit ‘out there’ like a teddy bear coat or those shoes with the weird heels from M&S, (love them on other people but I suspect I wouldn’t carry them off) but since I started to see different versions of these skirts online, I kept thinking about them – and you know I love a bit of leopard. I decided the only way to get it out of my system was to order a whole bunch of them and try them on to see a) whether I genuinely do like them or if it’s just an Instagram fad b) whether they actually suit me c) whether they have the adaptability to form a part of a capsule wardrobe (leopard’s a neutral, right?) and d) whether there’s a huge difference in quality between the pricing/brands. So, if you’ve been asking yourself where can I buy a leopard print midi skirt? I have ALL the answers. Step into my office (or rather, my spare room, where there’s a handy mirror)…
The one that started it all…the ‘bloggers’ favourite’ & Other Stories leopard maxi – sold out (but actually while I was writing this, it randomly came back in stock in the 34 so they’re obviously restocking). Sizing runs very small especially if you have hips, so size up – I’m a curvy 12 so I go for a size 40)
My first pick was this Pretty Little Thing leopard midi – a bargain at just £20 from Next. It’s in a very lightweight chiffon-type material, with slim pleats and a pleasing swish about it. It would be perfect on holiday or a hot day, just be careful with your underwear as it has the potential to be a bit see through! Also, size down as it comes up quite generous on the waist.
For some reason there’s no photo of this Oasis natural animal drape skirt on the Next website, and it’s no longer available on the Oasis website, but it’s a much more fitted drapey-type skirt in a lovely, silky-feeling jersey material. The drape is quite subtle so you won’t show too much leg (or your knickers), but I felt I was too wide across the hips for the fit of this one? I ordered a medium, but maybe I should size up so it’s less fitted on the bum. I don’t know – it’s kind of growing on me. Again, quite lightweight and not lined, but I don’t think it’s going to show your underwear through it.
Another one from the Next website, this Lipsy leopard print pleated midi skirt has a wide elasticated black waistband and is a similar material to the Pretty Little Thing one – quite a lightweight chiffon feel, although the pleats are a bit wider. Really comfy. I LOVE the pattern on this one
Another day, another doorway, a clean t-shirt, much messier hair… and it’s Next again – their own brand animal print pleated skirt – I liked it, but I didn’t feel that the pattern was that leopardy? I know loads of people who have it and love it though. It feels very nice quality and there’s loads of material for that swish factor:
So which one did I actually keep? Well, this one from ASOS, which is actually one of the cheaper ones, but I loved the slinky material, the slightly longer length and the rich colour of the pattern:
At this point I decided to stop ordering things online as I’m terrible at taking photos in the mirror (clearly), and also, I just wanted to keep ALL OF THEM, but I kept hunting and found quite a few more options including:
This Whistles animal print frill wrap skirt (maybe looks a bit too a-line? Difficult to tell just from a photo). UPDATE: this one’s now out of stock on the Whistles website, but weirdly, it’s actually in stock in a couple of sizes on the Next website.
Urban Outfitters Ella leopard print midi (currently OOS in the large), with a high waist, button front and… pockets!
Another chiffony-type one is this Vila leopard print skirt, £40 not available on their website (there’s a two layer dark coloured one, which I actually really like too), but you can still buy it in most sizes on the Next website (wow, Next are kicking it out of the park at the moment).
And lastly but not leastly, I know it’s not leopard, but I absolutely adore this snakeskin one from Zara £49.99 – gorgeous, and in stock in all the sizes too!
What do you think, will you be taking the plunge? Do let me know if you buy one 🙂