I flew to Montpellier to spend a long weekend (press stay) at the Domaine de Verchant on the 11th March and, frankly, it feels like another lifetime ago.
In my suitcase for Montpellier were several dresses for me to photograph around the property – the Domaine de Verchant is ravishingly pretty, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to get some content for my platform. Little did I know that the world would go to hell in a handcart two weeks later.
I edited the images whilst I was in Devon, but I’ve barely thought about them since, given that my brain has been more focussed on batch cooking ready meals for my sister, making sure I have enough food in the house, wondering how to stop myself smelling of bleach, and wondering how I’m going to pay the rent.
Anyway, this preamble is by way of saying I have lots of lovely images I shot; I don’t see any point in just burying them so I will be running the stories as planned over the coming weeks, because somewhere business has to be as normal…
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So onto trends – leopard has been roaring away in our wardrobes for a few seasons now, and shows absolutely no sign of disappearing. When I was in my late teens I remember thinking that there was something rather desperate about older women wearing leopard and thinking that they were RAWR ME HAWT. But I think times have changed – it’s less Coronation Street soap opera 80s barmaid and more leopard is a neutral these days.
I bought my dress from H&M for a very reasonable £24.99, and it is still in stock here.
As alternatives, I really like Hush’s Long Sleeve Kensington Dress, which is semi-fitted, and very flattering with a nipped in waist and asymmetric hem, or you could try Somerset by Alice Temperley’s Animal Print Wrap Dress at John Lewis. JL also have this AND/OR Paloma Mini Animal Print Shirt Dress
& Other Stories is always a reliable source of chic leopard: there is this more party-ish Puff Shoulder Crepe Midi Dress.
If a dress is a step too far, then consider a skirt like Hush’s Deryn Wrap Skirt to wear with a relaxed cashmere sweater. Speaking of sweaters, you could always just invest in Marks & Spencer Autograph’s Pure Cashmere Leopard Print Jumper to wear with jeans on lockdown.
The best investment piece I’ve found is Ganni’s Leopard-print plissé-georgette dress for £170, which could work as easily at a wedding all year round, as it could with sneakers for supper.
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Credits: (All bought, none gifted.)
Dress: H&M. Leopard Print Crepe Dress
Sneakers: Marks & Spencer Lace up Trainers with Insolia
Bag: Miu Miu (sold out) Similar here
Hat: Accessorize (now reduced to £15 in the sale)
It also comes with a red band here
Sunglasses: Le Specs Runaways – sold out but occasionally on eBay here.
THE LEOPARD EDIT
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