When it comes to animal print, there is definitely a fine zebra striped line between the sophisticated, trendy look and the outfits that are just too tacky. While this trend has proven to be unbeatable as leopard, cheetah, and peacock have been dominating the fashion scene for what seems like years now, rocking the jungle look appropriately is not always an easy feat. Remember the below rules while getting dressed to ensure that you look like you stepped straight off of the catwalk and not straight out of a catfight.
Rule #1: Stick to one print at a time. Avoid the confused animal look by choosing a single animal print item and mixing it into an outfit of solid colors. This Lanvin snakeskin print skirt is an example of a piece that makes the right amount of a statement if paired with a solid top and shoes. If you want to be a little more subtle when it comes to showing off your prints, choose smaller items or articles of clothing that have more discreet colors and patterns like this Splendid top.
Rule #2: Layer, layer, layer. The best animal inspired outfits are when the print is just visible enough to know it’s there, without overpowering the outfit. Buying a cheetah print camisole and wearing it under a cropped knit top or choosing a tiger striped sweater over a solid blouse is the best way to exhibit your wild side without overdoing it.
Rule #3: Remember that shoes can make or break your outfit. We all love fun footwear but if you are an admirer of animal print shoes, remember to make them the key aspect to your outfit. Leopard print shoes with a simple black dress? Yes. Zebra flats with jeans and a white blouse? Go for it. Snakeskin boots with a plaid button down or a neon mini skirt? Never. If you're going to splurge on animal print shoes, however, choose a style that you can wear almost any day. These Valentino flats are an example of edgy shoes that are the perfect item to wear as summer transitions into fall.
Rule #4: Use accessories to your advantage. Buying an animal print accessory, such as cheetah printed bangles or a silky Sonia Rykiel scarf, is a great investment. Not only does it allow you to add a little bit of print into your wardrobe on any given day, you will also certainly get a lot of great use out of any accessory you buy if the animal print trend keeps growing at the rate it is now.
Rule #5: Don’t be afraid to turn those nails into “claws”. Women are having more and more fun with their nails in recent years and the nail lacquer and accessory industry has been constantly coming up with new ways to make statements with your fingers. Sally Hansen's Salon Effects is just one of many products perfect for women who want to have the best of both worlds: a tame appearance with just a little bit of fierceness.