Staying Warm in a Furry Leopard Print Coat

Red jeans, leopard coatThis furry leopard print coat originally kept my grandmother warm and now I wear it to brave the California coast’s coldest weather. On the day I walked through San Francisco’s Chinatown I wore it with red jeans, comfortable chunky boots, a little black hat and gloves. It rained and stormed off and on throughout the day. The wind off the bay was icy and the rain came in sheets occasionally, but the coat kept me perfectly warm all day long.

Red jeans, leopard coat

Red jeans, leoaprd coat

Do you have a leopard print coat that you love too? Check out this article for more ideas on how to wear it.


  • The leopard coat belonged to my grandmother. My aunt bought it for her at Macy’s a long time ago, but there are lots of furry leopard coats for sale today as well. Click here, here and here for some chic options.
  • A black turtleneck T-shirt from Target
  • J-Brand red skinny jeans
  • Black boots by Kork-Ease
  • A black purse from Nordstrom
  • My mothers wool gloves
  • Vintage black beret

Would you wear this outfit in the winter?


29 Responses to Staying Warm in a Furry Leopard Print Coat

  1. Jeannie
    January 19, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    You should be stolling the streets of Paris…fabuleux!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      Aw, thanks Jeannie! I wish I was. I have such a desire to visit Paris again. It’s been too long! (Literally. twenty years.)

  2. Paula January 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    LOve this leopard! So chic.
    I have had many renditions of this; I remember one in a trapeze shape from the 90s.
    I’m here in soCal right now and thank God it got warmer!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      Thanks Paula! I so wish I still had my 1990’s black wool trapeze coat. Sigh. It wasn’t super expensive but it was very chic. Unfortunately I had it stored in the garage in a garment bag and mice got into it. Oh well. As for the weather, it has finally warmed up here. I’m loving it too!

  3. SACRAMENTO January 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    I get this if I don´t leave a long comment:
    You have not typed enough words in the comment. Please go back and add some more
    It is like telling me what to do, ummmmmmmmmmmm
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    • Heather Fonseca January 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

      I’m sorry about the default wordpress thing Sacramento. I don’t know how to alter it! But I’m glad you like the outfit.

  4. Suzanne January 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    That coat is stunning. Even better that it was your grandmother’s.

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    • Heather Fonseca January 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Thanks Suzanne. So glad you like the outfit.

  5. nofearoffashion January 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Utterly nice coat. Very well combined as well. Also had a look at all your links to other leopard coats… so nice.
    If you get tired of it, just ship it off to The Netherlands and I will pay you a handsome price. LOL
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    • Heather Fonseca January 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      I’m so glad you like it Greetje!

  6. Sylvia
    January 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    You look fabulous in this coat Heather. I loved how you turned it into a really hip look with your booties and skinnies.
    I have never been one to wear animal print myself, although I love wearing my leopard belt and would consider a sheer animal print blouse. I would also consider it for shoes and bags.
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  7. Adiel
    January 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    I actually just bought a leopard print jacket! I’m looking forward to getting it!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 20, 2013 at 11:12 am #

      Wonderful! I hope you share it with your readers. (:

  8. Arash Mazinani
    January 20, 2013 at 3:21 am #

    I’m a fan of a bit of leopard print and I love the coat was passed down to you from your grandmother I think that’s the loveliest thing about it all. I also love that you teamed it with the burgundy pants and ankle boots.
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    • Heather Fonseca January 20, 2013 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks Arash! I’m glad you like the look.

  9. Marla January 20, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    I’ve been dying to get a leopard print coat and have even tried on several. Just don’t get a lot of use out of coats here in Florida so I never purchase one. I would love that coat.

    • Heather Fonseca January 20, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      The weather in LA is a bit too warm for me most of the year, I’m so glad I can wear furry coats once in a while. I don’t think I would be happy in Florida! Maybe you can get some leopard print in you wardrobe another way. It looks good on just about everything.

  10. Pam
    January 20, 2013 at 4:24 am #

    I love leopard and red! You look so great and your grandmother would have to be sooo proud to see you in this!! Fabulous look!
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  11. Alexis Grace January 20, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    It is so easy to phone it in when it comes to style on a cold day. Love that you made your winter look chic and cuddly!

    • Heather Fonseca January 20, 2013 at 11:09 am #

      Thanks Alexis! I didn’t do quite as well other days, which is why this is the last San Fran post from my latest trip there. I think the thing is to always try, even if it doesn’t work out so well.

    January 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    What a fabulous coat! Love it with the bright pants. I also love that it has history 🙂
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  13. anne the SpyGirl
    January 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    You look very warm and cozy in your Grandmother’s chic coat.
    And now I want some almond cookies – thanks a lot! Haha.

    I love wearing fake fur because it’s like having a stuffed animal on hand!
    They’re great for winter flights — the bestest, softest blankie there is!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      So true! I love how warm my faux fur coat is.

  14. Stacey - Total City Girl
    January 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    I don’t have a leopard print coat but it really suits you!
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  15. Shanti January 26, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    oh my josh, I love these photos and outfit! the boots, the colors, the balance of the hat, cute gloves, the perfect accessories! The industrial, yet colorful background.