Here we are at the beginning of a new season – you can smell the crispness of Autumn in the air! To me, that is a very good thing. Fall is my favorite season! And NOT because of Pumpkin Spice anything! I’m afraid I’m a purist when it comes to my pumpkin – it belongs in pumpkin pie – period! (And I do LOVE my pumpkin pie!)
All we fashionistas know that with the coming of a new season comes list after list of latest trends. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed perusing my latest InStyle issues for what’s coming for the Fall and Winter. This, of course, has brought on the obligatory check of my closet to see what items already reside there. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of pieces that popped up. But there seem to be so many “old school” items coming back in vogue this year – brooches, spectator pumps, statement size pearl earrings, sculptural bangle bracelets, candy-toned jewelry…even opera gloves!
One tried and true trend that has once again made the trend list is one of my personal favorites – animal prints. However, this season they’ve taken them to a new level – layering your prints. WHAT?! Most of us, especially from certain generations, have always been told that when you do animal prints, go easy. One print. One piece. (You don’t want to look “tacky” or “cheap”.) Well, times are changing, baby! Matchy-matchy days are gone. Print mixing is in and so is ANIMAL print mixing!
I admit, the InStyle example, was a little much for me – though she looks amazing! But, I thought it would be great fun to dip my toe into combining my animal prints – Heaven knows I have enough of them!
So, I pulled all my prints together, applied some logical rules of print mixing, and here’s what we came up with!
On top, I combined a snake-skin print top with a black/white and tan leopard print cardigan. These work together both because the color schemes are similar, and because you have the very small pattern in the top with a larger print in the cardigan.
Next, we broke up the prints with a plain, neutral pant – these brown skinny jeans – but, you can see how the color of the jeans are, also, picking up colors in all the other pieces…the bag, the scarf on the bag, the shoes and even the necklace.
On my feet a pair of dark leopard print pumps that, as previously stated, pull right into the jeans, almost blending.
Accessories were kept fairly simple – a snake-skin print bag with a leopard print scarf tied around the handle. A colorful necklace to bring some life into all these neutrals and to draw the eye up to the face, and a simple pair of brown, half-circle dangle earrings.
As daring as our lovely InStyle model? Hardly! But, definitely more do-able for the everyday fashionista. If this is still too far for you, there are lots of easy switch outs here. Not into skinny jeans? Any pant would work. You simply need a plain neutral to break up the space and give the eye a rest. If the purse and scarf are too much for you, leave one or both out and opt for something simpler, like a black or brown bag, or be a bit more daring and grab a bright color – remember all these are neutrals so anything would work!
Here are a few basic guidelines for animal prints:
- It’s easiest to mix similar prints. Keep the same color family or pair a smaller print with a larger print.
- Animal print is already bold, don’t over accessorize.
- If you’re wearing prints on the top and bottom, choose a solid color piece, like a cardigan or jacket, to calm down the look so it’s easier on the eyes.
- Don’t forget animal prints are nature’s neutrals – they go with everything!
- Hint – this is a PATTERN…it is going to add volume wherever you wear it. So, if you are self-conscious about your thighs, you might want to avoid cheetah print leggings. On the other hand, if you’d like to make “the girls” appear slightly more “blessed”, that might be a great place for a leopard print t-shirt!
- Along those same lines, if you’re on the petite side like “moi”, you may want to be careful about the size of the print (this is true of any print). Large prints can be overwhelming on petite people and make your clothes look “off” on you.
- Need a good idea to pair with your animal print? How about a beautiful jewel tone? They go beautifully with animal prints, especially perfect for this time of year!
Well, I don’t know about y’all, but I have had a crazy busy week and am absolutely exhausted! So, here’s to a very restful weekend! May we all have one!
Until We Meet Again!
*ALL the items in this outfit are thrifted, cause that’s how we roll! 🙂