Leopard Print

Update: This post has been updated on April 11, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Shoes will always be my first love, but occasionally I will stray a little and fall for a nice handbag. Such as this absolutely gorgeous statement clutch by Clare V.! I love the boldness of the leopard print and, as you can see from the picture below, you can either let the bag stand out by itself or pair it with other statement pieces to achieve a more dramatic look. At $275, it’s not a super expensive splurge, but it ain’t exactly budget-friendly either.

Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch

Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch
($275, Clare V.)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Shopbopls, Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls & Revolve.

Style Bloggers Love Clare V.

Style bloggers such as Rachel from Pink Peonies has been spotted wearing Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch various times on her blog.

Rachel (Pink Peonies) carrying a Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch

Outfit pictures via Pink Peonies.

RDBStyle Concrete Jungle Cheetah Print Clutch

Update (04/11/2017): Check out this cute cheetah print clutch by RDBStyle which is a nice and budget-friendly alternative to the pricey Clare V. fold-over clutch.

RDBStyle Concrete Jungle Cheetah Print Clutch (Clare V. dupe)

RDBStyle Concrete Jungle Cheetah Print Clutch
($36, Red Dress Boutique)

Banana Republic x August Handbags “Ravello” Fold Over Clutch

Update (04/11/2017): Also discovered this cheetah print foldover clutch at Banana Republic which is quite similar to the Clare V. version above, look- and, unfortunately, also price-wise.

Banana Republic x August Handbags "Ravello" Fold Over Clutch (Clare V. inspired)

Banana Republic x August Handbags “Ravello” Fold Over Clutch
($248, Banana Republic)

Tony Bianco “Malibu” Cheetah Print Pony Hair Fold Over Clutch

While browsing through Tony Bianco‘s new arrivals recently, I discovered this pony hair fold over clutch and had to do a double take to make sure I wasn’t looking at the Clare V. original. Sure, TB’s “Malibu” clutch isn’t that much cheaper than the real deal, but it’s still about $115 less and if you live in Australia it’s definitely more convenient to buy this one than order the original from overseas.

Tony Bianco "Malibu" Cheetah Print Pony Hair Fold Over Clutch (Clare V Supreme knockoff)

Tony Bianco “Malibu” Cheetah Print Pony Hair Fold Over Clutch
($159.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Image source(s): Shopbop, Pink Peonies, Banana Republic, Tony Bianco

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Update: This post has been updated on April 11, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

I feel like I’ve been waiting ages to finally be able to feature this gorgeous leopard calf hair clutch by Clare V. which has been on my “Real vs. Steal“-radar for the longest of times. Even though this zippered clutch has been quite the hit among personal style bloggers, fashion insiders and IGers all over the world, no one seemed to bother coming up with a decent dupe for this coveted animal print clutch which, by the way, retails for $245. When it comes to statement bags I, as a deeply loyal shoes girl, will almost always opt for the cheaper, look-for-less route because I am way too lazy to switch up my bag game on a day-to-day basis. That’s why the handful of bags that I do own hardly ever get as much exposure as they deserve and mostly live in the shadow stashed away in a dark corner of my closet. And even though I’m really loving this particular statement clutch (never ever getting tired of leopard print) and don’t think $245 is an astronomically high price for this wild-looking beauty of a bag, I think I’d prefer not to spend hundreds of dollars on a clutch that might not get me a satisfying cost-per-wear ratio eventually.

Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch

Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutchls
($245, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Clare V., Amazonamazon & Revolve.

Style Bloggers Love Clare V.

Personal style bloggers such as Kat Tanita (With Love from Kat), Jessica Sturdy (Bows & Sequins), Amy Jackson (Fashion Jackson) and Lauren Slade (Style Elixir) have all been spotted wearing a Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch.

Personal style bloggers wearing a Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch

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Banana Republic x August Handbags “Portofino” Cheetah Print Clutch

Update (04/11/2017): Spotted another animal print clutch alternative today! You can buy it for $198 at Banana Republic which is admittedly only slightly cheaper than the real deal, but you might prefer the pattern on this one or just wait until this clutch goes to sale later on in the season. By the way, a smaller version for $78 is available here.

Banana Republic x August Handbags "Portofino" Cheetah Print Clutch (Clare V. inspired)

Banana Republic x August Handbags “Portofino” Cheetah Print Clutch
($198, Banana Republic)

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouch

And now we’re talking again! The fashion gods seem to have heard my (our?) prayers and so BP. came up with a fabulous leopard print clutch that’s super close to the Clare V. version. Same design, same animal print and same size! What I also really love about this bag – apart from its obvious dupe potential, of course – is that it is made of genuine calf hair just like the real deal, but it’s only $45 instead of $245. Major steal deal alert! Yes, the leopard print calf hair portion is restricted to the front side of the bag only, but that’s totally fine with me. So what are you waiting for? Your next budget-friendly statement clutch buy is ready to ship!

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouch (Clare V. Flat Clutch dupe)

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouchls
($45, Nordstrom)

Image source(s): Shopbop, With Love from Kat, Bows & Sequins, Fashion Jackson, Style Elixir, Banana Republic, Nordstrom

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Update: This post has been updated on May 15, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’m one of those people who-when traveling through airports-will always wear heels (you never know if Mr. Right is flying the friendly skies as well). I can’t always do a 5 inch towering platform though; that’s why this leopard wedge by Mr. Christian Louboutin is perfect for such occasions! Some style and height to go along with a comfy and simple yet sexy outfit. My travel companion? A stiff drink and pretzels instead of peanuts, please. No thank you, Miss, I’d wear my “Peanuts”, not eat them. ūüėČ

Christian Louboutin Peanut Leopard-Print Wedges

Christian Louboutin Peanut Leopard-Print Wedgesls
($845, Net-A-Porter)

Kate Spade New York “Amory” Round Toe Wedge Pumps

Update (05/15/2016): Just spotted another Christian Louboutin Peanut alternative! This calf hair animal print wedge by Kate Spade is surely not a steal at $350, but it is still $495 (!) cheaper than the real deal, so I had to add them to the list.

Kate Spade New York "Amory" Round Toe Wedge Pumps in leopard print calf hair (Christian Louboutin Peanut knockoffs)

Kate Spade New York “Amory” Round Toe Wedge Pumpsls
($350, Nordstrom)

Talbots “Porsha” Leopard Haircalf Wedges

Update (08/27/2015): Didn’t really expect to find another Louboutin Peanut dupe after such a long time, but doesn’t “Porsha” by Talbots look strangely familiar to you?

Talbots "Porsha" Leopard Haircalf Wedges (Christian Louboutin Peanut knockoffs)

Talbots “Porsha” Leopard Haircalf Wedgesls
($149, Talbots)

Ivanka Trump Linear3 Leopard Wedge Pumps

The designers at Ivanka Trump have virtually copied the Loubutin “Peanut” down to its shell! I must admit I do like the leopard print better on this one and I’m completely nutty about the $150 price tag.

Ivanka Trump Linear3 Leopard Wedge Pumps (Christian Louboutin Peanut knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump Linear3 Leopard Wedge Pumpsls
($97.99, Nordstrom)

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, Talbots, Zappos

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Update: This post has been updated on July 25, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Wow, when did I stop hating leopard print? Because, to be honest, I used to loathe it and the only associations I had with it were aging divas being clad in head-to-toe leopard or cheesy leopard print bedding coming straight out some vintage 70s porno. But this year Alexander Wang worked his magic on me. He created the “Alla” leopard wedge and what used to be hate changed into love and adoration.

Alexander Wang Alla Leopard Peep-toe Wedges

Alexander Wang Alla Leopard Peep-toe Wedgesls
($650, Net-A-Porter)

Khloe Kardashian Loves Alexander Wang

Khloe Kardashian wearing Alexander Wang Alla Leopard Peep-toe Wedges

Renvy “Sana” Animal Print Calf Hair Peep-Toe Wedge Mules

UPDATE (07/25/2015): When I saw these animal print wedge mules by Renvy, they instantly reminded me of the Alexander Wang Alla leopard wedges above. These are currently on sale for $55 and come also in black, nude, white leather as well as black suede.

Renvy "Sana" Animal Print Calf Hair Peep-Toe Wedge Mules (Alexander Wang Alla knockoffs)

Renvy “Sana” Animal Print Calf Hair Peep-Toe Wedge Mules
($55, Gilt)

Nina “Yaneli” Leopard Wedges

Now $650 is not my typical shoe shopping budget, so I had to wait for someone to come along with a cheaper alternative. And finally, Nina heard my prayers. Well, not only mine but apparently also yours because the Alla leopard wedge was undoubtedly the most requested shoe on InTheirCloset. So here you go, girls! A wonderful Wang-inspired leopard wedge bootie. Now, run, don’t walk, some sizes are already sold out.

Nina "Yaneli" Leopard Wedges (Alexander Wang Alla knockoffs)

Nina “Yaneli” Leopard Wedgesls
($109.95, Onlineshoes.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

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Looking back at all the Christian Louboutin designs we have covered here on this blog so far, I realized a lot of the shoes have been pump styles. Which of course shouldn’t come as a surprise because Monsieur Louboutin is exceptionally good at creating lustworthy pumps. But his sandal game is not to be scoffed at. Case in point: the “Athena Alta” t-strap sandals. Their motto: business in the front and party in the back. I love the simple design and the added details that make this shoe stand out in a crowd of simple black sandals. Too bad so much fabulousness comes at a price: at $895, to be exact.

Christian Louboutin Athena Alta T-Strap Sandals in black patent and leopard print

Christian Louboutin Athena Alta T-Strap Sandalsls
($895, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls & Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Kate Winslet and Cheryl Cole have all been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin Athena Alta T-Strap Sandals.

Alessandra Ambrosio, Kate Winslet wearing Cheryl Cole in Christian Louboutin Athena Alta T-Strap Sandals

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Journee Collection “Jonquil” Open Toe T-Strap Sandals

Luckily, I came across this fab Louboutin Athena Alta look-alike by Journee Collection which is spot-on in terms of look and design compared to the Louboutin real deal. But the best news? These heels are currently on sale for a budget-friendly $34.99. Steal deal alert!

Journee Collection "Jonquil" Open Toe T-Strap Sandals in black patent and leopard print (Christian Louboutin Athena Alta knockoffs)

Journee Collection “Jonquil” Open Toe T-Strap Sandals
($34.99, Target)

P.S.: Also available at Kohl’sls, JCPenneyls & Overstock.

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