The FIVE style details that separate the luxury leopard print from the cheap replicas

Luxury material: the Katie Camel Leopard print mid-calf dress from £ 295 from Rixo London is 100% silk. A quality fabric is the easiest way to lift any leopard print garment

The leopard print is one of the most important trends this summer, but with dozens of pieces hanging from the store's rails, it can be hard to tell which ones are worth it.

Fortunately, the Who What Wear style experts teamed up with the designers behind Rixo London, one of this year's top brands, to share their tips on gift signs that make a leopard print look cheap.

Fashion lovers focus on the color, design and cut of a garment, offering buyers a fail-safe guide on how to navigate the leopard print jungle.

So, whether you're thinking about updating your wardrobe or splashing before summer vacation, scroll down to find out exactly what to avoid if you want to buy a worthwhile piece.

1. Silk splashes

Luxury material: the Katie Camel Leopard print mid-calf dress from £ 295 from Rixo London is 100% silk. A quality fabric is the easiest way to lift any leopard print garment

Luxury material: the Katie Camel Leopard print mid-calf dress from £ 295 from Rixo London is 100% silk. A quality fabric is the easiest way to lift any leopard print garment

Orlagh McCloskey and Henrietta Rix, co-founders and creative directors of Rixo London, said: "When investing in pieces with leopard print, the highest priority should be the composition of the material: the type of fabric on which the print is placed is the key "

The couple's creations are highly coveted by connoisseurs, including several in a leopard print without effort.

Fabrics to consider include silks and blends that have a relatively matte finish. However, pure cotton is a more affordable option that can still have a high-end appearance.

2. Choose a medium-sized place

In between: medium-sized spots give it a more elegant appearance than small or extra-large versions. Shown here is the £ 296 leopard print silk blend satin blouse with leopard print.

In between: medium-sized spots give it a more elegant appearance than small or extra-large versions. Shown here is the £ 296 leopard print silk blend satin blouse with leopard print.

In between: medium-sized spots give it a more elegant appearance than small or extra-large versions. Shown here is the £ 296 leopard print silk blend satin blouse with leopard print.

While once the highly detailed leopard spots were the sign of an expensive garment, designers now prefer simplistic prints or those with a cartoonish edge.

The size of the points is also key, and the medium size win in small versions or in large places.

3. Go super bright

High-end on the street: Topshop was inspired by designers like Versace for this leopard red denim skirt for £ 32 and a denim jacket for £ 45.

High-end on the street: Topshop was inspired by designers like Versace for this leopard red denim skirt for £ 32 and a denim jacket for £ 45.

High-end on the street: Topshop was inspired by designers like Versace for this leopard red denim skirt for £ 32 and a denim jacket for £ 45.

Leopard comes in all sorts of colors this season, but ultra bright or classic neutrals are the best choice if you want a luxurious look.

Designers like Versace led the charge with vibrant and inimitable shots in the print, sending models down the catwalk in acid yellow and red.

The trend has been absorbed by street giants such as Topshop, which has launched a series of leopard pieces in striking tones.

4. Make the cutting current

Hero of the nineties: this midi silk and gauze dress by Michelle Mason is very modern

Hero of the nineties: this midi silk and gauze dress by Michelle Mason is very modern

Hero of the nineties: this midi silk and gauze dress by Michelle Mason is very modern

One sure way to make any impression look expensive is to choose it in a cut or style that is definitely trending.

Sleeveless dresses, blouses and tea dresses are all having a moment, why not choose one of those styles to update your leopard print?

5. Avoid generic impressions

Custom: Designers like Victoria Beckham work to create their own leopard prints

Custom: Designers like Victoria Beckham work to create their own leopard prints

Custom: Designers like Victoria Beckham work to create their own leopard prints

"A print designer has worked on a higher animal footprint and is very likely to have some kind of spin to make it feel more interesting and less generic," the article says.

If the brands use a generic print that is already in production, it is likely that it has also been used by other brands or high-end chains, which makes it seem less exclusive.

The individual elements, including the design of the print and the colourway, can be adapted to be an original.

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