And here's the secret: When mixing a black and white print with leopard, I've found that it works best if the black and white has a balanced, even pattern.
It's even better when one more colorful pattern is thrown into the mix!
These patterns are a little bit on the fence for me because they're slightly busier, but I think they still work because of the even weight of the black/white mix.
A pillow and throw pattern mix-
So those are all examples of how the mix can work, but here's what I wouldn't do:
I don't think the mix works if the black and white is in a random pattern like this ikat, or really any pattern that isn't an even mix of black and white.
Here's a little slide show of all of my pillow combos just for fun-
I wore a black/white/leopard combo almost every day on our cruise last Fall.
For outfits, I recommend adding the leopard item through an accessory... most often shoes or a bag for me, but could also be a belt or bracelet. In other words, I wouldn't mix a leopard top with black and white pants, or vice versa. I wore this outfit to church last week on Valentine's Day.
Another tip: I generally stick with ONE leopard accessory... you don't want to overdo it. Every once in a while I might wear my thin leopard belt and my leopard sandals, but I really try to stick with a single leopard piece.
This striped shorts and chambray shirt outfit was a favorite last summer, and the leopard sandals added a pop of pattern. This is one where I probably added a skinny leopard belt also, but it wasn't enough to scream RAWR. ;)
Occasionally, though, I will mix both patterns together on top, like this.
When first considering the combo I wasn't sure about it, but by following the secret formula it works.