A big trend in fashion, who’s natural coloring lends itself perfectly for the fall and winter season, is animal print. It can be very chic if worn in small doses, or you run the chance of looking a bit “Vegas” …. gaudy, pedestrian and cheap. Unless you are very tall and slim, shy away from a full ensemble of print. It is safer just to stay clear from head to toe jungle, leave that to the animal kingdom. A hint of a trend looks far more exclusive than overkill. A fabulous look, featuring animal print , is a printed pencil skirt worn with a turtleneck. Simple, posh, glam.
Pictured is a look by the MICHAEL Michael Kors line, featuring his ocelot skirt. It is shown with a sleeveless t-neck, but of course, long-sleeved for those enduring the winter cold. Add some gold chunky bangles, gold earrings, a fab pump or boot and you have a tony look that can go uptown, downtown, anywhere. Don’t like to wear print on the bottom? Easily switch to print blouse and solid pencil skirt. Walla, instant panache`!
Accessories are an alternative way to add a dash of drama and a tad of trend to any monochromatic outfit. This belt is sharp and on trend piece for any solid ensemble. You can find this belt at www.BeltIsCool.com
Always elegant, a black and white zebra print wrap. This is a pashmina silk blend shawl found at www.ThePashimaStore.com
Hats are making a comeback and this fedora style animal print is huge on both accounts.Hats are a trend that needs to stay put. As Coco Chanel said , “To be irreplaceable, one must be different.” Topping an outfit off with a hat is stunning, head-turning and attention-getting. I happened upon this leopard fedora hat at www.LuxuryDivas.com Pair this hat with a black, tan, or brown top and bottom. ADD the leopard belt we found….thats a WOW look…but not over-the-top. If newsboy is more your style, this faux fur hat may be for you. Available at www.e4hats.com
You all know a great handbag sets the tone for many an outfit. Daytime, evening, special occasion. This Dooney & Bourke Giraffe Print Med Kristen Tote is a classic choice. My find at www.Zappos.com I love a stylish daytime tote that looks and plays the part I need. Hiding a pair of flats, a snack, and all my spackle.
We cannot forget the shoes! This young, fun platform pump is the Chief 2 pump by Guess. If you prefer something a bit more subtle, try this sensual shoe, AK Anne Klein Christa Pumps. Animal magnetism personified. Grrrrrrrr
Remember, if you are going to wear animal print, keep the colors natural and neutral. Have you ever seen a neon pink leopard? Stay with the classic neutrals and you can’t miss.
Animal prints are everywhere, and there are many choices to add a little or a lot. Less is always better. Just keep it chic and wear it well.
A view, from the penthouse. ~ Avery
The items shown in this article were chosen for style, varied price points and matter of taste. No free merchandise was used as promotion in this post.