Is Cheetah the new Leopard?

Monday, November 02, 2009 | Category: Design Inspiration, Fashion


After spotting this fabulous coat on Emerson Made I immediately emailed my science loving husband to ask if he could please identify the big cat this coat most closely resembles (I really want a “classy” animal print coat).  This was his response:

“Definintely cheetah.  This will make the statement that you are the fastest and most agile of the big cats.”

Um, awesome! Ha ha!  We all can do a quick google search for animal print fashion/decor and find that there are more trashy versions than classy out there.  If home decor really does follow fashion, I wonder if cheetah is the next big thing? 


I think we tend to forget that the original version in nature is SO GORGEOUS. 


My “classy coat” obsession continued when I spotted this picture of designer Lizzie Bailey in a fabulous cheetah print coat (as seen with Michelle Adams of Rubie Green/Lonny Magazine fame).

topshop $180

Her coat looks pretty similar to the Top Shop one shown in this collage by Who What Wear.


I love this little cheetah print collar!



Yes, please.  Christian Louboution Miss Clichy 140 boots.

I had never before pondered the difference between leopard, cheetah, snow leopard, etc!  I’m liking cheetah a lot!  How about you?   

**Disclaimer:  I am by no means a zoology expert.  These items shown may or may not be a good representation of Cheetah print.  If you have any insight as to the differences or discreprencies between the items shown and the actual animal, please leave a comment!  Also, I do not in any way support the killing of cheetahs for their hides…FAUX is fine for me!  Let’s not turn this into an animal rights discussion, it’s just for fun people.

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9 Comments to 'Is Cheetah the new Leopard?'

hello gorgeous 02 Nov 09 at 5:10 pm

Great find on the Emerson Made blog! I love it and reposted about it (linked back here, too, and added you to my blogroll).

Sarah 03 Nov 09 at 11:20 am

I had to comment as I love the leopard or cheetah look and posted a picture on my humble blog recently of a vintage leopard coat purchased for $40!! It looks a lot like the picture of the girl wearing it…I like to incorporated the ‘spots’ in my home as well-I don’t think it will EVER go out of style.

Sarah 04 Nov 09 at 1:21 pm

I am adoring this look! So sexy!

Faith 04 Nov 09 at 1:37 pm

I think I might have to replace the boots on my fridge with these!!

Lauren-Houston 04 Nov 09 at 9:22 pm

Ha ha, Faith! I think you need both pictures on your fridge 🙂

Down Pillow 07 Nov 09 at 4:52 pm

I do like cheetah, as long as it’s done in a very tasteful way. It is amazing how many tacky, tasteless animal patterned items are out these days.

Ana 18 Jan 10 at 1:05 pm

Don’t buy that !!! you are so cruel! When you but those things, you kill cheetahs!

niki 19 Jan 10 at 2:07 pm

how can you wear a dead animal that is just sick. i love cheetahs they are the most beatiful animal in the world . they’ re skin should stay on them and we should not kill them so we look good i would NEVER buy that.

Lauren-Houston 19 Jan 10 at 8:39 pm

I would never advocate that you buy a real Cheetah skin/fur…please read my disclamier above. FAUX = FAKE.

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