Talk

Advanced search

Is leopard print unprofessional?

(251 Posts)
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

grin

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.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, quick, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Get started »