What is it about women and cats? Throughout history, there’s been a symbiotic relationship between us and our feline friends that continues in the present. The ancient Egyptians admired cats for their natural hunting skills and domesticated them to vanquish mice and snakes. The cat’s regal air inspired worship from cults, most notably the followers of the cat goddess Bast (also known as Bastet, according to Wikipedia). The parallels between women and cats in pop culture have often been unflattering. The legend of Bast inspired the entertainment industry, most notably in horror films such as 1942’s “Cat People” (remade in 1982 with Nastassja Kinski) where a woman was cursed to transform into a murderous panther that killed anyone who crossed her. In the 1960s, the link between felines and females came to a head with the popularity of the Catwoman character in the Batman comics and Julie Newmar’s sexy performance as the villainess in the campy TV show. Catwoman endured over the years and was portrayed as a complex antiheroine by Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway in different films with varying degrees of success. While Catwoman is usually depicted wearing a skintight catsuit, another popular take on feline style is the leopard print, which today is more than a trend, it’s a must-have look in any fashion-conscious woman’s wardrobe. Around the same time that Catwoman emerged as a subversive icon of female empowerment, Hollywood became a jungle filled with leopard-spotted starlets. Sex goddesses such as Brigitte Bardot and Jayne Mansfield showed a penchant for wearing coats, bikinis and accessories adorned in leopard print and the classic 1967 film “The Graduate” treated moviegoers to the chic vision of Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson — the original cougar (yet another feline reference) — effortlessly seducing Dustin Hoffman in her leopard coat and intimates. Media images of famous women dressed in leopard usually have an underlying sex appeal and danger. It’s debatable whether these images are empowering or objectifying. Sexy is powerful, in my opinion. Whether leopard spots help empower a schemer like Mrs. Robinson or a playful sex kitten like Jayne Mansfield, who reportedly was far smarter than her public persona suggested, animal prints are fun and leopard is eternally chic, especially in intimate apparel. At Pink Slip, many of our favorite brands offer fabulous leopard patterns in their assortments and I highly recommend them as a timeless, on-trend look that puts the grrr in girl power.
Eberjey Leonora chemise
Eberjey puts its signature romantic touch on leopard print with its Leonora collection. Their A-line chemise is soft and light in sueded, soft leopard jersey. It features stretch-to-flatter mesh, lace on the neckline and side edges and an underbust applique.
The Eberjey Lenora bralet set
The Leonora collection also combines lace and leopard in its bralet, a soft cup in jersey with a sweet lace neckline, an underbust band and a bow accent in the center. A matching Leonora thong completes the kittenish look.
Claudette Dessous Sucre
Claudette takes a playful and sexy approach to its designs and the Dessous Sucre Collection is no exception. The style’s full coverage bra is highly functional with non-stretch mesh underwire cups that have 3-parts, transversal seams for a rounded shape and vertical seams for uplift. Stretch mesh sides and back for breathability, with elastic edge for a more custom fit. The mesh center panel has a flirty ribbon bow at top. Covered elastic, wide-set straps have bows at bases and adjust in back with coated metal hardware. A cute thong is available, complete with matching bow.
Encore L’Amour Collection by Mimi Holliday
Mimi Holliday is another very flirty line that’s doing leopard in its Encore L’Amour group. The Encore L’amour Shoulder Bra combines leopard with soft tones of peach and neutral nude tones. The bra supports you with wide lace straps leading all the way up to your shoulders, and boosts you while scalloped edge flatters your decolletage. Don’t forget the coordinating bottom!
The Encore L’amour group also offers a firty sheer alternative to a slip with a chiffon belt to create shape and silhouette, and button fastened gusset to make it practical and easy to wear. A soft gathering of chiffon around the edge of the bottom half of the teddy adds a fun vintage feel.
Whether you prefer your leopard style with a light touch or want to go wild with an all-over pattern, these stylish brands have options that are undeniably … spot-on!