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Fendi shoe in leopard printWith designers like Dolce & Gabbana and Diane von Furstenberg featuring animal prints in their Spring and Summer collections, tigers and zebras and cheetahs are popping up on all the store racks. There are so many cute animal prints available from clothing-to-accessories such as handbags, diaper bags and tote bags. As with any fashion statement you are going for; remember to keep it simple and sensible. That tiger stripe you’re thinking of buying could show you’ve got great fashion flair – or put you on the “what was she thinking” list if you don’t wear it properly. Here are a few tips on wearing animal prints that will keep you from making a serious fashion faux pas.

  1. Only animals should wear their coats from head to toe.
    One of the biggest disasters waiting to happen is the head to toe coordinated zebra stripe outfit. Seriously, ladies, coordinated animal prints in top-to-bottom glory are a serious mistake. Keep the stripes and spots on the tasteful side by confining them to top or bottom, or as accents and trim.
  2. Just because you can buy it doesn’t mean you should wear it.
    It’s a corollary to rule #1. Use a bit of judgment when choosing animal print clothing. They may be selling leopard print jumpsuits with matching jacket and cloche hat, but that doesn’t mean wearing it is a good idea. Take what you see at the mall with a grain of salt. Remember, animal prints are best in small doses.
  3. Giraffe and Tiger prints do not mix and match.
    Remember, these animals don’t get along in the wild. Why should they get along any better on your body? Stick with one animal print at a time rather than wearing as many as you can fit on your back. An exception? Funky jungle prints in never-seen-in-nature colors patch worked into a single piece of clothing – a sheer blouse in blue, for instance.
  4. Accessorize with animal prints for real fashion flair.
    Instead of completely wrapping yourself in animal hide, try a few subtle touches to this season’s fashion trends. You can update your classic little black dress by wearing it with a zebra print bangle or two, or wrapping a cheetah print scarf loosely at the hips. Other trendy animal print accessories “must haves” in your wardrobe include cheetah handbags, leopard print chokers and giraffe print head bands.
  5. Got to have sole.
    Animal print shoes are turning up on runways and store shelves all over the world. From zebra print ballerina flats in multiple colors to suede cheetah print pumps, animal print shoes are all the rage. If you’re not brave enough to go all out with a skimpy little leopard print mini, slip your feet into the same print with a high heel and wrap a matching belt around a skinny little A-shirt top pulled down to your hips. Zing – fashion classic.

What to Wear with Animal Prints

Got the perfect wild print but not sure what to wear with it? Here are some tips on accessorizing your jungle fashion statement.

  1. The best colors to wear with animal prints are neutrals. You really can’t go wrong with black or white against any animal print.
  2. Pick a color from the pattern and use it as a base. Wear a taupe sweater with jaguar print, for instance, or a chocolate brown skirt with a cheetah print belt.
  3. Other neutral colors that work well with most animal prints are beige, dusty rose, tan and other brown-toned colors, as well as dustier tones of blue and green.
  4. Wear animal prints as a scarf, tank top, shoes or handbag.

Tips on Wearing Wild Animal Prints

When wearing tiger, cougar, cheetah and other animal prints, it’s important to keep your entire look in mind. Here are a few tips for wearing animal prints without going hog-wild.

  • Think simple, elegant and sleek. Skip the frou-frou details and keep the lines clean.
  • Keep scale in mind. Small scale animal prints look good on most figures, even when they’re all-over. Larger prints, like giraffe and tiger, look best on tall, thin frames.
  • Feeling a little unsure of yourself? Try an animal print in something that’s just for fun anyway – like your bathing suit, flip-flops, funky diaper bags or earrings. It’s an easy way to ease you into the trend without looking like a fashion mistake.

Do you agree or disagree?  Perhaps, I missed something?  Either way, I would just love to hear what your thoughts are on this topic… just let me know your alive!

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