Animal prints are a perennial repeating pattern and stylish print. This post provides tips how to style items with this print in a timeless way.
- Signature clothes of the decades
- Animal prints are It right now
- How to wear animal print in midlife
- Which animal prints work over 40
- Outfit ideas with animal prints
- Snake print outfit ideas
- Zebra print outfit ideas
- Giraffe print outfit ideas
- Leopard print outfit ideas
- Snowleaopard Outfit Ideas
- How to wear animal print at the office
- What doesn’t work for ageless style in animal pattern
- Stylist’s remarks
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Signature clothes of the decades
The 1950s are known for the wide skirts, the 60s for the Mod. In the 70s, it was the era of Bohemian style. Read flared legs and tie-dye T-shirts. The 80s had the wide shoulders and long jackets. The 90s were black everything. Jeans with crotches hanging at the knees and exposing the Y were everywhere. The 00s were famous for the empire-style tops. Every woman looked like she were pregnant. The 10s probably will be known for the leopard print everything like leopard print tights, footwear, coats, dresses, bags. You name it. This print is thought of as a neutral, on the contrary to the 50s. Back then it was for date night only. Now snake and zebra joined the animal print trend. This guide addresses how to wear animal prints in a sophisticated way in all kind of dressing situation.
Animal prints are It right now
The current animal print trend is dominated by this cat’s nice pattern. But what about all the others that we saw on the runways like giraffe, zebra or snakes? They are as easy to style, may be even easier in case of zebra and giraffe. Black and white is a classic. Thus, a white or black skirt or pair of pants and you’ll be office appropriate with a zebra top, blouse, or cardigan. Brown and yellow giraffe works well for all fashionistas whose color palette is Fall.Zebra is a classic with a twist. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
How to wear animal print in midlife
To look sophisticated in animal prints is a challenge at any age. Nobody wants to look like a feature of the animal as a Halloween costume shopped from the own closet. But the older one gets, the more urgent it is to get it right.
As a neutral leopard is mixed with plaid, stripes or floral as well as solid colors others than red – again on contrary to the sex-bomb look of the 50s. … and yes, unless worn tight, super mini, extreme cleavage, it is totally work appropriate in classic cuts. So to speak it lost it’s “sex appeal.”
Now let’s mix things up a bit in the zoo and take a look at animal prints in general.
Which animal prints work over 40
- The easiest way to wear animal print is on a pair of shoes.
- Animal prints should be in the colors (or close to the colors) of the animal’s fur or skin. In this case, you can treat the animal print as a neutral.
- Wear only one animal print item per outfit unless you have an Eclectic Style. You don’t know your style? Take this free online style quiz to find out.
- Animal print requires tailored clean, sleek and simple cuts like a shirt dress, pencil skirt or cardigan. Style the pattern like you style your neutrals.
- Animal print scarves, pumps, clutches, totes, satchels are easy to style.
- Wearing animal print with pieces that harmonize with the print rather than compete with each other it is a safe bet as well.
- Leopard print with red is a classic.
- Try leopard print with spots larger than the floral print that picks up at least three colors of the leopard print. It may or may not work. Read risky! See this guide for mixing prints and patterns.
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Outfit ideas with animal prints
Below you can find some photo inspirations for how to style the various animal prints over 40.
Snake print outfit ideas
J. Crew snake print skirt, Ray Ban sunglasses, Levis denim jacket, Judith Leiber belt, Festina watch, pantyhose, Covington pumps, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)
Anne Klein sweater, GNW tights, Söfft booties, Hermes collier de chien leather bracelet, Hermes collier de chien bangle, smoky quartz buckle, Altuzarra skirt (all own) and pearl studs c/o Wendy Mignot
You can find a style guide entirely devoted to snake print outfit ideas at the link.
Zebra print outfit ideas
Black and white is easy to style. Zebra is not considered to be sexy. Thus, it’s a safe print to wear, but often overlooked.
A zebra print is a great choice for all women who are trying the animal print trends for the first time. Since zebra is black and white, it is easy to style in a classic way. Recall that black and white are an eternal classic. Since zebras are vegan, they don’t have the sultry/dangerous association of a carnivore. In other words, it’s even easy to style office appropriate. Another advantage of a zebra print is more unexpected and unique. Thus, it is very unlikely that you and your colleague will wear the same print at the office on the same day. 😉
To stand out when wearing the animal print trend go for zebra. #fashiontrends Click To Tweet
Even when you pair the print with a leather skirt it still looks modest.
Giraffe print outfit ideas
Leopard print outfit ideas
Leopard is the easiest to style of the animal prints. It works with most neutral colors as well as some bright ones like orange or red. Leo pumps are a classic. Thus, they are an easy way to start when you are new to animal pattern.
GNW leopard print cardigan, eShakti floral print dress, H-belt, Michael Kors sandals, Jaeger tote (all own) and wooden watch c/o Jord Unbranded leopard sweater, Eli Tahari sheath dress, Longchamp bag, GNW tights, and Dior over-the-knee boots (all own) GNW leopard cardigan, Ann Taylor sweater, Sienna Studio leather pencil skirt with Harley Davidson booties (all own)
J. Peterman knit dress, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, GNW tight, Manelo Blahnik leo print boots (all own)
Max Mara Weekend skirt, Paloma Picasso x belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Valentino studded boots, Seiko watch, statement earrings (all own)
Levis denim jacket, G-III skirt, Aldo leopard print pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine tote (all own) and T-shirt c/o Marine Layer I.N.C. leather pants, GNW Luxe sweater, silk scarf, and Clark booties (all own) Max Mara skirt, Moda International cardigan, unbranded sweater, smoky quartz bracelet and necklace, Yes Saint Laurent bag, twigg’s pantyhose, and Manolo Blahnik boots (all own)
Leopard diamond jacket, Eli Tahari leather dress, Dior over-the-knee boots, Longchamp bag, leather gloves, pill box hat (all own) Oliveo leather skirt, GNW Luxe sweater, GNW leopard print tights, Nine West plateau heeled loafers, Hermes collier de chien bangle and Hermes enamel bangles (all own)
Snowleopard Print Outfit Ideas
GNW cardigan, Hermes collier de chien belt, Sienna Studio skirt, Steve Madden lizard imprint pumps, triple necklace, pantyhose, Gucci bamboo handle ostrich bag (all own), green motorcycle jacket c/o Leatherskin and olive halftee c/o Halftee
Do you like any of these outfit inspirations? Then it would help me if you pinned them to your own Pinterest board. It’s a great way that your friends, family, and others can see them too.
How to wear animal print at the office
Times have changed. In the 50s, animal print was considered too sexy for the office. However, today it’s ok, even when your work dress code requires classic attire. All that is needed is that the outfit consists of classic pieces and the print has the beast’s natural colors. Feline pattern are easier to get away with than snake. A snowleopard print is a nice variation.Always go for natural colors when wearing animal print. Click To Tweet You can wear a trendy item in a conservative work environment when everything else is classic. Click To Tweet
Always style your outerwear too. Click To Tweet
The wide statement belt gives the outfit some twist and keeps it interesting. The boxy cayenne colored leather coat gives the outfit a modern touch.When you have clients with whom you have to go for a work lunch your outerwear outfit must meet the work dress code too. Click To Tweet
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See this post how to look classic in a snow-leopard outfit. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet Then they owe you, and I say thank you! 😉
What doesn’t work for ageless style in animal pattern
- Animal prints from head to toe
- Different animal prints in one outfit
- Animal prints in colors that are far away from the actual animal’s fur or skin colors
- Tight, short, and shiny leopard dresses, skirts or tops
- Baggy clothes with animal print
- Ruffles, embroidery, sequins, lace and animal print all together in one outfit
- Ruffle animal print tops or tired animal print skirts
- Animal print patchwork in bags or leather jackets
Animal print trends are perenial trends. Leopard print seems to be an eternal clssic. It works on many occasions except for a Military Ball, and Black or White Tie formal events like inauguration or formal weddings.
How do you style your animal prints? What are your style challenges with respect to animal prints?
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