This week’s professional style inspiration is quite minimalist and powerful.

It’s black and green with a touch of leopard print accessories – the glasses.

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You can substitute the frames (if you don’t wear one) with a leopard print scarf attached to your bag strap or around your neck, depending on the climate you’re in.

You could even go a step further and select a print bag instead, to go with the outfit.

Leopard print can be quite full-on, especially for someone who swings more towards a minimalist style. I am an example of this.

Personally, I would not be caught in a full-blown leopard print coat for instance, but it might work for some others, and they’d look amazing in it.

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As a matter of personal style, I prefer accents of leopard-print dotted around my fit than wearing an overpowering amount of the print.

I have a fitted leopard print dress, that I am particularly fond of.

A few days ago, I wore it to work and a lady approached me saying, “I have a similar dress in this print, but I’ve never been able to make it work … been scared. You wear it so well, I think I might give it a go now.

I smiled back because I know the feeling all too well.

It is good to step out of your comfort zone from time to time, but do pull the brakes when you start to feel uncomfortable.

The thing about personal style is that you ideally wear the clothes, not the other way round. Your style communicates who you are without you having to speak.

The little green dress has been selected for this week’s look because it’s a brilliant departure from the popular Little Black Dress.

Winter is coming in the UK (for some us originally from warmer climates, it really is here!), and there’s an onslaught of BLACK on the streets.

Break the rule a little and go green – or any other colour you choose.

You could even keep the little black dress on, and have a pop of colour on your blazer like Chic Professor.

About the shoes in our original outfit inspiration – stilettos aren’t for everyone, so we opted for kitten heels instead.

If you are not a fan of kitten-heels (I know a few ha!), flat heels are an option too!

See examples of how other professionals and fellow academics have incorporated the leopard print into their outfits.

Chic in Academia not only wears the print in her accessory (a scarf), she mixes it up beautifully with stripes. See our outfit inspiration on wearing stripes here.

Chic.Work.Chic. is a favourite Instagram account of mine.

And lastly, another look from Chic in Academia – her leopard print detail is in the clutch bag this time.

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Header Photo by Marx Ilagan