Leopard has received a lot of editorial love and fashionista attention for the past six weeks or so, and the trend is only going to pick up more steam as fall rolls in and cold-weather trends take over our sartorial existences. Even with all the tongue-wagging that has been done over the print, a lot of women I hear from still don’t really know how to work it into their wardrobes in bag form.

But it’s easy, really. Choose leopard print in the type of bag that’s going to be used when you’re unlikely to be wearing other patterns or clashing colors – a clutch! The Rebecca Minkoff Leopard Print Fling Minaudiere, for instance.

Most women lean on black, grey, silver and gunmetal for their night-out looks with maybe a bit of pink or purple thrown in for a pop of color, and that’s the perfect time to use a patterned bag. It won’t compete with your outfit but can be combined with a lot of different textures – lace, for instance, which is huge for fall. A little touch of leopard in clutch form can keep you current without requiring outfits to be built around it or huge amounts of money to be spent. Buy through Rebecca Minkoff for $350.

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