Animal print is by far the most difficult pattern to pull-off. This is because of two things: First, you don’t want to look like the daughter of Tarzan or an Amazon woman. Second, you don’t want to look like a cougar. It takes a lot of precaution when wearing this print, but if you do it the right way, it could make for an interesting number. Let’s take a look at how Hollywood celebs pull it off:
The first thing you want to consider when wearing animal print is to keep it simple and at a minimum. If you’re going for an animal print dress, pair it with plain shoes, a clutch, and jewelry. If you’re going for animal print shoes or bags, keep everything else in one shade. This makes the print the focus of the entire look and gives it a subtle charm.
The same thing applies to accessories. If you’re wearing a thin belt, then you can pair it with animal print shoes. However, if the belt is thick, leave the shoes to be in a plain color. Jewelry, on the other hand, such as watches and bangles can be piled on as long as the style is simple.
Second, you want to keep the animal prints as close to their natural color as possible. It just seems so wrong and tacky when they’re in pink, blue, or (gasp!) green. Remember, classic colors are beige, black, white, and brown.
Here are a few others ways to wear animal print. Notice how they keep it elegant and subtle by keeping the prints at a minimum.
So now that you know how to wear them, here are a couple of tips on how NOT to wear animal print. You wouldn’t want to be caught dead wearing one of these.
Pile it on
Like makeup, it’s not something you should pile up on or else you’d look like a cheetah over a zebra over a leopard over a cow. Do not wear it with fur either.
As a one-piece swimsuit
Unless you’re Jane to someone’s Tarzan- or perhaps an Amazonian woman- you do not wear animal print as a one-piece swimsuit.
This is not how you wear it elegantly. Notice the multicolored pattern.
As a one-piece wonder
Whether it is something sexy or something baggy, animal print is overwhelming when worn in extreme lengths. Not only does the pattern strain the eyes but the length and unnecessary showing of skin is also a crime.
So there you have it. Tricky, isn’t it? No matter how you wear them, it takes a little bit of courage to pull it off. Animal prints are a difficult thing mix and match with, but with what you know now, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to wear it the right way. Keep in mind that when it comes to this pattern, minimalistic designs and toned down usage is key.