I tried on every leopard print coat on the High Street (so you don’t have to)

I tried on every leopard print coat on the High Street (so you don’t have to)

It’s official: animal print is the trend of autumn/ winter 2016. But when there are so many options on the High Street, how do you know which ones have the raaaawr factor?

Inspired by my main gals over at The Debrief (just kidding, I’ve never actually met them), I challenged myself to try and compare each shop’s take on this season’s must-buy: the leopard print coat.

New Look, £49.99
Size worn: 8


This is definitely one of the more muted animal print items on the High Street right now and I actually really liked it. Like most coats this season, it was a straight cut, mid length style, and the darker tones makes this one seem very chic and sophisticated. The coat was fairly soft in a felt-like way, though not overly thick. You’ll need a good knit under this one, but it is ideal to add a touch of 2016 glam to your work wardrobe.


River Island, £80
Size worn: 10


First of all, £80 is ridiculous for this coat. The material is not soft at all and not especially warm either. When every other High Street shop is offering a similar item, I think River Island really needs to rethink its pricing here. However, despite not initially being very impressed, this was one of my favourites. The print is quite giraffe-like which makes it a bit different (though thankfully no lovely giraffes were actually hurt in the making!) I would be tempted to pick this one up if it was half price in the sale.


Zara, £89.99
Size worn: S


My first thought was, IT’S SO FLUFFY! This is one seriously snuggly coat, and at only £9.99 more than the River Island offering it is much better value (in theory). I would say of all the coats I tried this is the most Pat Butcher-esque, so maybe not to everyone’s taste. I would suggest going full on retro granny with this one (think red lips and headscarf), or team over a glitzy party dress for a cosy cover up.However, if you’re after a more everyday leopard print coat, I don’t think this is the one. Maybe the River Island coat isn’t such a bad option after all…


Primark, £25
Size worn: 10


I am seriously considering going back and buying this coat. I bought a similar coat in camel last year from Primark and it is so comfy and soft! The print on this one isn’t too garish or cheap-looking, and I thought the feel of the fabric was nicer than New Look, River Island and Topshop. Personally, I feel this is one of the best leopard coat options as, realistically, an item like this isn’t something you’re likely to be wearing for more than a couple of seasons, so no point in investing in a pricey one.


Marks & Spencer, £69
Size worn: 8


Marks and Spencer has really been upping its game recently in the fashion stakes, so I was certain they’d have a leopard coat offering and I was not disappointed. This was actually a really nice one. It was like a more expensive version of the Primark coat (essentially because it is), though it was maybe slightly too long for my little legs.


Topshop, £85
Size worn: 10


I did not like this one. At all. Topshop have gone more the way of the giraffe for their print, but I just didn’t think it worked as well as River Island’s version. The fabric was very course and it’s just way over priced. I also was not feeling the fit as much as the others. Everything about Topshop’s coat was just… meh. Save your pennies and don’t go for this one.

What other brands are winning the animal print trend? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!