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Is leopard print unprofessional?

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LajesticVantrashell Sun 23-Feb-20 18:59:28

I ordered a new dress from Next and it came today. Tried it on and showed DH, said I might wear it for work tomorrow. He looked horrified and said he didn't think leopard print was 'professional'.

For background, DH works in a very corporate environment (shirt and tie) whereas I've just started a new job and the dress/culture is much more relaxed (jeans/chinos).

AIBU? Is leopard print really that bad? Planning on wearing it with black tights and ankle boots for context...

WalkingDeadTrainee Sun 23-Feb-20 19:00:35

I wouldn't

Surfer25 Sun 23-Feb-20 19:01:07

No I don't think so. I've seen animal print on a few people at work

WinterCat Sun 23-Feb-20 19:01:35

It depends what your job is. I expect it’s fine in adult entertainment but it wouldn’t be acceptable where I work.

SpeedofaSloth Sun 23-Feb-20 19:01:47

I think it's fine, it totally depends on the garment.

Thurmanmurman Sun 23-Feb-20 19:04:19

Adult entertainment? 🤣 What planet are you on?!

JigsawsAreInPieces Sun 23-Feb-20 19:04:28

Not for work. Gives the wrong impression even though as you say it's a relaxed environment.

TwitcherOfCurtains Sun 23-Feb-20 19:04:35

Leopard print always reminds me of the prostitutes you see in 80's films.

MrsSpenserGregson Sun 23-Feb-20 19:05:02

I work at Next OP so your dress would be fine grin grin

I have one too actually wink

gamerwidow Sun 23-Feb-20 19:05:07

Depends on the working environment and the style of the dress.
I think leopard print can be a neutral if its styled right. It wouldn't raise eyebrows where i work (senior management public sector) we aren't 'corporate' though.

NoveltyFunsy Sun 23-Feb-20 19:05:33

Which dress is it?

MarieQueenofScots Sun 23-Feb-20 19:05:41

Adult entertainment
Gives the wrong impression


Tink88 Sun 23-Feb-20 19:06:01

Leopard print is fine

Thehop Sun 23-Feb-20 19:06:14

I think leopard can look awesome on nice dresses.

Numbness2020 Sun 23-Feb-20 19:06:20

I regularly wear it. Work with youths. No issues.

MissRabbitNeedsAHoliday Sun 23-Feb-20 19:06:51

* I expect it’s fine in adult entertainment but it wouldn’t be acceptable where I work.* hmm took that one a bit far I think.

I would say it depends on where you work, but I dont see how its any more unprofessional than jeans.

wildcherries Sun 23-Feb-20 19:06:53

Depends on the dress

Sexnotgender Sun 23-Feb-20 19:07:06

Depends on the item, I have a beautiful leopard print silk scarf that looks great with an all black outfit.
Can you link to the dress?

Cherrysoup Sun 23-Feb-20 19:07:08

Very Bet Lynch. I think a blouse under a jacket is ok, but a dress is a bit OTT for an office environment although as you’re a relaxed office, maybe it’s fine. I’d be taken aback to see it in a very corporate office.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 23-Feb-20 19:07:28

Leopard print always reminds me of the prostitutes you see in 80's films.

Is it short and/or tight?

cheeseomelette Sun 23-Feb-20 19:08:20

I wore a leopard print dress (in an aubergine colour) to present at our board meeting last week. Nobody looked particularly startled grin

Palavah Sun 23-Feb-20 19:08:27

Completely depends on the office environment and the garment.

In my office you could get away with it, department over the road probably only if it was in a subtle print in black and white/black and red. Or a pair of shoes. But not a full on Bet Lynch dress.

joffreyscoffees Sun 23-Feb-20 19:08:29

I wear leopard print all the time to work, as do other women.

I work in a public sector office in a large city. Office attire is literally 'anything as long as it's not offensive'.

It really grates on me that people care so much about workwear and not the actual work. I work just as well in jeans and converse as I would in 'office attire'. Probably better, because I'm comfortable.

Longwhiskers14 Sun 23-Feb-20 19:09:49

Depends on the style. If it's the current trend of midi-length, with long sleeves, it's probably fine. Mini-skirt with spaghetti straps and plunging cleavage, less so.

Ninkanink Sun 23-Feb-20 19:10:06

It definitely depends. On the item and also on how you wear it.

Some people can do it well, others really can’t.

If it’s muted enough/modest enough/absolutely fine for work in every other respect, then yes, I’d wear it (and have) and I’d look plenty professional.

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