How To Wear: Animal Print

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A very special repost for all of you out there who abuse animal prints….

Animal Print dos and don’ts.: TBF has addressed this issue in the past (one of Kathryn’s favorite Fashion Week stories features a woman decked head-to-toe in animal print, who actually growled at her — it still haunts her). So don’t risk being the scary growling cheetah-clad lady, or Olivia from Jerseylicious for that matter; follow these simple rules to make your animal print both tasteful and modern this fall.

How to Wear Animal Prints

Our tips:
Pick your print and stick with it. Just one print, and one piece. Leopard not only doesn’t go with zebra, it doesn’t go with other leopard either. While we do love artful print-mixing, there’s no point in risking looking like a safari gone horribly horribly wrong — we’re just sayin.

Start with accessories. This season, there’s no shortage of amazing handbags, belts, pumps and bangles with just enough animal print to participate without over-committing. If, however, you’re already in a long-term relationship with said animal prints, go ahead and progress to a simple top or blouse.

Keep it simple. Let your animal print be your statement, and keep everything else simple and neutral. We kind of love an animal print with the military-inspired items this fall, so consider a leopard print tote with, say, a pair of skinny jeans and neutral booties with a t-shirt and military style jacket. Or, if military’s not your thing, consider a cute animal print clutch (like the one shown here) with your little black dress and a pair of standout pumps to rock at some of those upcoming holiday happenings.

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  • Jen

    I have a beautiful infinity scarf that’s a leopard print and I love to wear it to work with my white cardigan and camisole/tank, teamed with either my black knee length skirt and black pumps OR my brown knee length skirt with brown pumps. It looks totally chic and I always get compliments on that scarf (a $6 purchase from Burlington Coat Factory, by the way).

  • Great tips! This advice is very helpful to women who are in doubt of how to wear animal print the right way. Many girls who read my blog say that leopard print, for example, is tacky so they don´t give it a try. But contrary to what these shy girls might think, animal print is actually a neutral and with the right styling tricks to use, you´re able to create a trendy, stylish and elegant look. Not to mention luxus! 🙂