Life is Too Short For Plain White Socks!

25 Jan

Give your wardrobe a wild edge with leopard print!

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Every season and every year, people parrot, “Animal print is on trend!”  But it’s the same print.  If there’s anything new, it’s purely a matter of interpretation.

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The question isn’t about “should you” or “should you not” own an animal print.  Every fashionista must own at least a piece of this print be it a dress, a top, a pair of shoes, a scarf or a bag.  The question therefore is – how do you make it right?

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Make sure to keep things simple and let the print be your statement.

Don’t match animal print if it’s large

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Matching colors and prints is very common in styling.  However, not only does going too matchy creates a trying hard kind’a obsolete way of styling, it’s considered a big NAY when it comes to animal prints.

Choose only one large part of your outfit that’s wild.   For instance, if your top is a leopard print, let the tights/skirt/pants be non-animal.  If it’s your dress that has the print, then let your shoes be plain black or nude.

Tone your leopard print down

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If your outfit is too wild, tone it down.  If you wear an animal print mini dress, you can tone it down by wearing a single-colored-cardigan over your dress in color that blends well with your wild print.

If you wear a leopard print tights for example, you can tone it down by wearing  boots in color palette that blends but suppresses the strongest shade of your animal print.

Another way of toning down a large wild is by carrying/wearing accessories that steals attention such as fur purse or fancy scarf. But then, their color should always be complementary.

Only match animal print if it’s accessory

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If you feel the urge to go matchy, you can do so on your accessories, provided they don’t clash.  For example, if you wear leopard printed boots, you can take a tiny purse in leopard print.

If your leopard bag is with considerable size, you can take a pair of leopard print stilettos.   Just be careful that your accessories does not scream jungle…the key here is getting minimal.

Animal print? Stay single

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I don’t mean that you girls should stop searching for the man of your life [yes, he is being searched for not unless you already found him] and just stay single.

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.
Fashion DON't!

FASHION DON’T!!

While I do love artful print-mixing, there’s no point in risking looking like a safari gone horribly wrong — I’m just sayin.

Animal print and color clash

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A new way to wear animal print is to team it with bright colors.  Now, not everybody has the heart to apply this idea but it´s something worth a try.  The key here is to go for only one single vibrant color.

One color that is best to clash against the print, and is certain to stand out, is green.  There are many shades, my favorite is emerald-green.

But shades of pink, orange and pastels work well with leopard print too.  Really, you just have to find your color.

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I love this style idea because colors are actually used to steal some attention from the print, a great way to tone it down.
5 Quick tips for leopard:
  1.  Scale animal prints to your size.  Tighter prints like cheetah and leopard look great on most people.
  2.  Pair leopard prints with neutrals like black, khaki, camel, cream and white, and they’ll always be in style.
  3.  If you want to try leopard in a big statement-making way, the rest of your outfit should be understated.
  4.  Remember that you’ll be calling attention to wherever you put the animal print, so put it on your best feature.
  5. If you want to ease into leopard, try lining a coat, a bag or choose a great pair of shoes with just a touch of leopard as an accent so it’s not overpowering.
Hopefully you’re feeling at least a tinge more confident…just be sure to keep things simple and let the print be your statement.
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So tell me creative fashionistas, what are your style secrets when it comes to animal print?  Do you love to integrate animal prints to your outfits.
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2 Responses to “Life is Too Short For Plain White Socks!”

  1. Pati Hinkel January 25, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    I LOVE my animal print clutch…….a beautiful present from the author! She kept me “fashion forward”!!!

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