Fall 2006 Trend: Animal Print

Like the movie “The Exorcist”, animal prints scare me. It’s not that I’m afraid that wearing a pair of animal printed shoes will make my head spin or make me start speaking in tongues. It’s just that I know it is going to be part of a long line of  trends that will be abused and misused.

So here’s some tips that you MUST follow when trying out the Animal Print trend.

How to Wear Animal Print

  • ~ Wear only one type of animal print at a time. Cheetahs and Zebra’s don’t mix in the wild and they shouldn’t mix on your body
  • ~ Wear only one animal printed item at a time- others may tell you different- but they don’t love you.  Cheetah, Zebra, etc from head to toe is only okay if you’re headlining the midnight show at the “Boom-Boom Room”
  • ~ Pair the piece up with a basic color- black, brown and, for the more advanced, red or pink
  • ~ If your a little new to the animal print game, stick with the accessories (shoes, belts, etc.). If you’re more advanced (at least 3 seasons), then try sweaters, tops, bottoms, and other apparel.
  • ~ Last, but not least, please don’t growl when you wear the print. I had some cheetah clad woman do that to me once and it gave me nightmares much longer than any scary movie

pictured: Leopard bag from Spiegel

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  1. 1969 says

    Okay the vision of someone roaring at you is too much. LMAO

    I agree prints scare me. I do like an animal printed shoe though….looks great with chocolate brown or black.

  2. says

    She scared the s**t out of me. It’s never appropriate to growl at a relative stranger. I think she was drunk.

    I’m actually a big fan of animal prints when their done right. I love animal printed flats, too and had a pair of leopard printed flats about three years ago from Kenneth Cole that I got from the outlet for $39.98. Like most trends, I’m a couple of seasons ahead, so by the time they become “in style” – I worned them right into the goodwill bag.

  3. Daniella says

    I think animal prints worn correctly are very chic and hip.  My favorite letters (I’m in a sorority) are a black hoodie with leopard print letters.  I know many stylish girls who love the prints, particularly leopard and zebra.  The key, I think is age.  Women over 40 look dated in the prints, like its a second coming, while young women look cute and edgy. Like most 80s inspired fashions, you should wear them once and be done.

  4. Anne says

    Well, ever since I saw The Devil Wears Prada, I can’t get the image of the gorgeous deep jade swingy coat with leopard collar and cuffs out of my mind!  I’d love to know where to get that!  If not, though, I may rock a pair of animal print flats …

  5. says

    i just got the faux leopard short coat on sale at delia’s, and it is the cutest! can’t wait til it gets a little cooler so i can rock it with a fitted brown tee, skinny jeans, and heels.

    i also have a pair of leopard heels that i ADORE. they kick up solid colors like nothing else. the print really is surprisingly versatile…

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