STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Tamer Animals

Style Advice of the Week

There is something very appealing about animal print. Perhaps it appeals to our naturally primal nature; however, the possibility to be wildly gaudy rather than tastefully tame slightly diminishes any desire to actually give it a place in our wardrobe. We want to channel Rumi Neely rather than Snooki, but it’s harder than you’d think to make work. This Fashionista’s tasteful ensemble channels the classic looks of actresses like Audrey Hepburn or Sophia Loren, while also showing a little bit of personality with her leopard printed skirt.

By pairing minimalistic, classic pieces like her black sweater and brown boots, this Fashionista mutes her leopard circle skirt and the effect is a perfect synthesis of personality and class. The outfit is not overwhelming at all and appears tasteful and chic.

Ready to show your stripes? Take a page out of this Fashionista’s book and make the print the focal point of your outfit. Make sure to mute it slightly so that it remains eye-catching for the right reasons. Try a pair of leopard printed pants, like these from Nasty Gal, with a simple black blouse and simple leather booties. Not ready for such a big statement? Keep it simple with some printed ballet flats, like these ones from J.Crew, or a cute cuff.

Animal prints are by no means easy to pull off, and maybe they are not for everyone, but if done right they can instantly be a show-stopping piece — take a risk, and don’t deny your wild side.

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