Leopard is one of those trends that people either love or hate, but there are so many ways to work it into your wardrobe that it would be a crime to avoid it entirely! Whether you like to be the center of attention or play it safe, here’s why you should make this animal print your new style staple, stat.

The print is often thought of as flashy or OTT, but it’s surprisingly easy to dress down. To make the trend a more low-key, choose a piece with smaller spots or muted tones. Opting for a leopard scarf or shoes is another easy way to make it your own without going overboard. If you’re anything like me and love to work this #RAD show-stopping pattern, why not go for a chic top that can be worn casually with skinny jeans or dressed up with a skirt? Honestly, you’ll be amazed that such a loud print can be so versatile!

This Fashionista turned her summery leopard print dress into the perfect fall statement piece with a few simple layers. An oversized knit cardigan, warm tights and edgy boots gave the flirty dress a comfort makeover. Accessorizing with a quirky necklace and vibrant ring adds a nice pop of color and detail to the outfit, too!

How To: Forget what you’ve heard, leopard is the new black, Fashionistas! So treat the print like a neutral and layer to your heart’s content.