Animal prints are, I must confess, a big feature of my wardrobe. Tops, skirts, dresses – check, check and double check. Bags, shoes and boots – check, check andtriple check. Knickers too. You really cannot top Mother Nature as a designer, and for me, her Haute Couture stuff is all jungle cat. Yum.
But when we dress to prowl, we prowl with our legs yes? I have been on a bit of a jungle safari lately, hunting Leopard tights. I have bagged a few pretty trophies that I want to share with you, along with some hunting tips here today.
First up, from Steve Madden, a 100% nylon fine leopard print found shyly lurking in the Misses section of a nearby Macy’s. The very tight, smallish pattern distributes well over the leg, with spots appearing roughly the same size at skinny ankle and at the less (much less) skinny thigh, with the pattern extending all the way up to a comfortably wide waistband. They have a sleek finish to hand and leg and a sexy, glossy wet-look finish. A great night life look worn under a knit tunic or short skirt, and paired with your bravest boots. For a funky day look, suitable with ratty cutoffs and a fleecy flat boot.
Like a lot of jungle life, these seem to be an endangered species though. I cannot find them anywhere online. Could not find a professional photo either, so, yup, that is me pictured in mine. If you do see them at Macy’s or elsewhere, at $15.00 they are a bargain. Bag ’em. Don’t let them out of your sites.
Next, from Hue, a 90/10 Nylon/Spandex Leopard tight with a bigger, more mature cat print pattern. With the 10% spandex content, these tights are meant to be stretched out over the length of the leg, and they do stretch very nicely. Very sure and shape hugging in the leg, and even more so up top. They have a little booty-boost and hip hug in the reinforced panty, and feature the same really comfortable finish at the waist that any Hue lover is accustomed to.
If you are a Hue lover, you will note that they do not have the same warm, yielding softness that your typical Hue opaques confer. Ah, well, beauty comes at a price, yes?
The issue that I do take with the Hue Leopard though is that the pattern extends only to mid thigh, which eliminates much of my nightlife wardrobe. With that said, I think these really nice tights are suitable for a different habitat. The colors are quite muted and day appropriate to my thinking. Paired with earth tones, knee length textured skirt, and closed foot pumps or a cute pair of loafers, you won’t frighten the other wildlife in your office jungle. Kitten cute, playful personality stuff.
Retail $22.00, and easily found online from Hue directly , or you can find the footless, legging model at Bare Necessities for a mere $10.00. Check out your usual department store suspects, including Belk where I found mine at 40% off.
Last, and miles from least, the Queen of the Jungle comes from Wolford. Wolford has gone jungle mad from top to toe, from intimates to outerwear for AW 2010, but seeing as I cannot even dream about affording their apparel, I will stick to the tights here. I can review them in three easy letters that I swear on a tall stack of really expensive shoe boxes that I have never used before, and will never, ever use again.
The half boarded polyester/polyamide blend is graduated throughout the leg, and so the Leo pattern is absolutely perfect in proportion from toes to tummy, as close a match to natures perfection as you will find, period. The animal print has a very subtle flocked velvet feel to the hand and brilliant, vibrant coloring for the eye. This is a quality garment, a substantial pair of run-repellant tights that will endure lots of wearing, and never run the risk of looking dated.
They are however, a very loud statement. Worn in the correct setting, you will be Huntress Supreme. Practically anywhere though, you will be visible and, perhaps in ways you like, you will be theHuntee. Be prepared to convincingly give suitors a wrong phone number just to get rid of them. The last time I wore mine, a compete stranger breathlessly sought me out across a crowded room. She told me that she was a professional entertainer. Well, a dancer. Kind of. She urgently needed to know exactly where did I get my tights and could she find them within taxi range of where we were standing, like right now? You just know you are on to something when you are out ahead of the Adult Entertainment set.
Indeed, these are statement leggings, and they will put $65.00 on your credit card statement. This does seem a lot of money for a pair of tights, so I will help you justify the spend here:
If you buy them, you will be determined to stay fit, trim and exactly the size you are now. That’ll be you up on the treadmill, loving your calves. You will live longer, and need to replace other elements of your wardrobe less frequently. So, there. You can save a small fortune and live better. Who loves you? Me and Wolford, that’s who.
Here, at their online boutique you can find the whole Wolford assortment, which include a Stay Up model too. You may get lucky as well at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf-Goodman, or other very smart, very upmarket boutiques near you.
I still do not have (or ever expect to have) too much animal in my wardrobe in general, or on my legs in specific. So if you are seeing spots, let me know where please, here in the comments. I am always happy to suit up for a nice safari.