Katie Holmes recent style makeover has been nothing short of spectacular. There’s been the Chloe dress and Giuseppe Zanotti LYDA sandals, the Gabriela Hearst suit in royal blue and that cashmere cardigan and bra from Khaite, arguably her finest – and most famous – fashion moment yet.

Today’s style session from the school of Holmes is a simple one. Understated and classic, Holmes went for a stroll in Manhattan in a Canadian tuxedo – a denim shirt and jean – which was primarily concealed by an oversized woollen coat in rich navy. Accessories too were kept minimal, a delicate tortoise frame and sleek bucket bag, all in all a minimalistic look except for one rather wild detail: her shoes.

Adding some roar to an otherwise unadorned outfit, Katie Holmes stepped out in leopard print loafers by TOD’s, the spotted, statement shoe giving the look a little edge. And while it’s no groundbreaking fashion feat, it’s a gentle reminder that just one statement accessory can lift an outfit, taking it from fine – to fun – in a flash.

So if a simple outfit is feeling a little too modest, take your cues from Katie and add one killer shoe or bag in some form of animal print. Remember, our animal instincts are always right.