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{how to wear it} Animal Print Do's and Don'ts

  Monday, April 30, 2012 at 7:32 AM   |    Post a Comment     Tagged:,, 
It is a jungle out there, so why not showcase your wild side with an eye-catching animal print? Whether you prefer bold leopard or graphic zebra, there’s only one pattern to purchase this season. Here are our tips on how to wear this statement story…

Do: Flatter Your Body Shape
The trick to making animal prints work is to wear them so they accentuate your best features. If you have an hourglass waist, a snakeskin belt over a plain dress will complement your frame; if you have great legs, try a statement mini skirt to make them look fabulous.
Do: Dress in Moderation
Animal print may be all the rage, but it can look a little distasteful its worn head-to-toe. Go neutral with your shoes and other accessories to ensure you don’t go overboard. In fashion it’s all about ‘less is more’.
Do: Try Something Bold
Fashion is all about reinventing trends and finding out what works for you. So be a bit adventurous and try mixing and matching fabrics. Understated knitted dresses can be livened up with the addition of accessories in zebra, leopard or tiger print; if you are wearing a printed dress, why not opt for glossy black belt, shoes or clutch?
Do not: Go Overboard
Never mix two prints that clash - wear a single print at a time as too many spots or stripes will appear trashy. Remember the ‘less is more’ rule, always.

Do not: Try to be too Sexy
With animal prints, looking sexy is only a matter of attitude, but remember to avoid lace, diamantes, and other add-ons that make it look like a Halloween costume. Just pair this trend with an edgy attitude and some simple accessories and you are ready to go!

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  1. amen - these rules are perfect! love that skirt...

  2. Good tips - and you know I love me some leopard print!

    Courtney ~

  3. Love the skirt. And these are great rules.

  4. Definitely agree with the last one! You know I'm always on the fence about animal print... but do have that leopard dress to work!

  5. I like to wear my animal print on my feet :-)

  6. I completely agree with you. : ) Great post.

  7. Love the last dress!
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  8. I love the last dress. Saw something like it on ASOS

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  9. Sooooo zebra and leopard print should never mix?! LOL Ok seriously I knew that .
    Great post. Very important to remember that less is - more, and will prevent someone from looking hookerish!

    dela chic

  10. hey hey! long time. i miss going to your blog. i am so not confident enough to pull of animal print!

  11. definitely agree on the moderation bit! I think I like animal prints more as an accessory then a main event sort of deal :)

  12. Animal prints are very tricky to balance, I agree! Quite like the zebra skirt!! :-)

  13. Definitely some awesome tips. I've yet to go bold with animal prints but I do like them in moderation. Maybe one day I'll just go all out with them! :)

  14. Great tips!!

  15. I like this post - I feel like leopard print is an area where alot of people go really really wrong, and I think your tips should come with every item of leopard print clothing! haha.

  16. Fabulous tips! And if you're timid, then shoes are the easiest way to go!

  17. I love the animal print dress because its look cool when you go out.

  18. LOVE the skirt and both dresses


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