How to be bold and try a new style

How to be bold and try a new style

Well, I bet that you never expected to see me in a leopard print dress. I am normally a “plain Jane” when it comes to building my wardrobe. I do indulge in the occasional print tops to liven up my basics. Full-length leopard is definitely a new adventure. So I was surprised and ultimately delighted when a friend offered me a lesson on how to be bold and try a new style. She had bought this dress for herself and sent me a photo on WhatsApp of her wearing it. The dress really suited her. She is very different in colouring and height to me. She is petite with dark auburn hair. I texted back that she looked lovely in it.

We subsequently met for coffee in the Park and she handed me a bag containing a present for my birthday.

Pink leopard print dress

When I opened the parcel on my birthday at first I was not sure about the print; however when I tried it on I found that the shape really suited my figure and surprise surprise I really loved the print. So you never know it sometimes pays to be bold and try a new style. The only problem is that we will have to WhatsApp each other before we meet up with “are you wearing the dress!”

Maxi leopard print dress

My leopard print dress is from MarksandSpencer. I am not the only one who likes this dress as there are only a few sizes left. They do have some other options in animal print dresses.

The dress had its own self-tie belt but that did not work for me as I need more waist definition so I swapped it out for a narrow black suede one. It is the kind of dress that you can wear casually with a pair of white trainers or glammed up with my silver embellished sandals from Pavers (gifted) and a silver belt.

How to be bold and try a new style

The dress is made of viscose and is very comfortable. I really enjoyed posing for the photos as the dress is very swishy.

Photographs were taken by Laura Hines. Follow her on Instagram


  1. Judith
    30th July 2021 / 12:33

    I’d love to see a photo of your petite friend in this dress, if she would allow it. I’m petite and I wouldn’t think this dress would suit. Would like to be converted!

    • 31st July 2021 / 11:31

      I will get one to you as soon as possible.

  2. Mary Jane
    30th July 2021 / 16:15

    The dress suits you to a T, and your current hairstyle is very flattering. A coordinating blue cardigan or tailored black blazer would carry the dress through the autumn months.

    • 2nd August 2021 / 09:49

      Hello Mary Jane

      You are quite right I do have the perfect black blazer. I just need the right shade blue cardigan.

  3. Pat
    30th July 2021 / 16:17

    Lovely dress and very flattering on you!

  4. Gretta de Ferry
    30th July 2021 / 16:33

    You look great in this dress!

  5. Eileen
    30th July 2021 / 17:01

    I love you in this style, dresses suit you well! This print color and size also suit you. What a great friend! Keep her!

  6. Violet L O'Brien
    30th July 2021 / 17:16

    You look lovely in this dress. So glad your friend encouraged you.

  7. Francesca B.
    30th July 2021 / 17:36

    What a wonderful friend 🙂 Like the dress it suits you !

  8. Lynn Brogden
    30th July 2021 / 19:21

    Your look fabulous in this dress, it really suits you.

  9. Angela
    30th July 2021 / 21:12

    Really suits you………you’re onto a winning look.

  10. 31st July 2021 / 07:29

    What a lovely frock! You look so pretty in it. Especially like it with the silver accents. Your friend picked a dress that is perfect for you in every way.

  11. 31st July 2021 / 11:45

    Thank you all for your kind comments. I will pass them on to my friend. I hope that my example has encouraged you to be bolder in your choices.

  12. Kari
    31st July 2021 / 14:03

    While I think you look good in it, I feel like a core element of your style is missing in this look. It’s hard to pin down for me but there’s a little bit of rebel that typically shines through but is missing (for me) here.

    • 2nd August 2021 / 16:34

      Hi Kari
      I understand where you are coming from with your comment. I am sure my rebel aspect will continue to shine through again soon.

  13. 31st July 2021 / 14:35

    It’s really pretty but I’d be curious to see how a blue belt would work with it, rather than black.

    • 2nd August 2021 / 09:45

      Hi Christine
      Thank you for your comment. I did look for a blue belt but could not find a suitable one.

  14. 1st August 2021 / 22:40

    You look fabulous in this dress! The colors and shape of the dress really work for you.

  15. Lisa Abend
    2nd August 2021 / 19:42

    You look smashing in your new leopard-print dress, Josephine! Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

  16. helencarolann
    10th July 2022 / 16:03

    You look lovely in your dress. At first I didn’t realize it was a leopard print, just thought it was a pretty non-committal print!

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