Signature clothes of the decades
The 50s are known for the wide skirts, the 60s for the Mod. In the 70s, it was wearing Boho style, flared legs, tie-dye T-shirts. The 80s had the wide shoulders and long jackets, the 90s were black everything and jeans with crotches hanging at the knees and exposing the Y. The 00s were famous for the empire-style tops that looked like one were pregnant. Do I have to say that I did not like them?
The 10s probably will be known for the leopard print everything like leopard print tights, footwear, coats, dresses, bags, you name it. Leopard print is thought of as a neutral (on contrary to the 50s). Thus, as a neutral leopard is mixed with plaid, stripes or floral as well as solid colors others than red (again on contrary to the sexbomb look of the 50s). … and yes, unless worn tight, super mini, extreme cleavage, it totally 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.
How to wear animal print in midlife
How to look sophisticated in animal prints without looking like one wants to feature the animal for Halloween is a challenge at any age. But the older one gets, the more urgent it is to get it right. Here I want to share what works and what does not.
Animal print looks that work over 40
- Animal prints should be in the colors (or close to the colors) of the animal’s fur or skin so you can treat the animal print as a neutral.
- Only one animal print and item per outfit unless your style is Eclectic Posh. 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, a pencil skirt, cardigan. Style them like you style your neutrals (see OOTD).
- Animal print scarves, pumps, clutches, totes, satchels are great bets.
- Wearing animal print with pieces that harmonize with the print rather than compete with each other it is a safe bet.
- 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!
Inspirations with animal prints for women over 40
Below you can find some inspirations for how to style animal print over 40.
GNW leopard print cardigan worn as top over eShakti floral print dress with H-belt, Michael Kors plateau sandals, Jaeger tote (all own) and wooden watch c/o Jord shown as an example for mixing animal print with floral
Levis denim jacket with G-III suede skirt, Aldo leopard print pony hair pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine tote (all own) and striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer. Leopard print pumps are a classic
I.N.C. chocolate brown leather pants with knitwit giraffe print sweater, layering top (similar here), Hermes collier de chien bangle, statement necklace and Clarks booties (all own)
Chocolate brown I.N.C. leather pants, GNW Luxe cashmere wool sweater accessorized with thrifted leopard print silk scarf, and booties (all own)
J. Crew burgundy snake print straight skirt, Ray Ban sunglasses, Levis medium wash jacket, Judith Leiber chain belt, Festina watch, pantyhose, Covington pumps, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)
Example Eddie Bauer tweed skirt with Notations floral print cardigan worn as top and snowleopard print cardigan, Modalo Pippa bag, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, Hermes collier de chain bangle, Covington ankle strap pumps (all own)
Max Mara skirt, Moda International cardigan knotted around the waist, V-neck sweater, smoky quartz bracelet and statement necklace, Yes Saint Laurent top handle bag, twigg’s pantyhose, and Manolo Blahnik boots (all own)
Zebra top c/o Covered Perfectly, own Very Fine Dance Sports shoes, and No Nonsense leggings
Unbranded cashmere leopard sweater, Eli Tahari sheath dress, Kate Moss for Longchamp bag, GNW tights, and Dior over-the-knee boots (all own)
Leopard diamond jacket with Eli Tahari leather dress, Dior over-the-knee boots, Kate Moss for Longchamp bag, leather gloves, pill box hat (all own) Oliveo long leather skirt with GNW Luxe cashmere wool sweater, GNW leopard print tights, Nine West plateau heeled loafers, Hermes collier de chien bangle and Hermes enamel bangles (all own)
Sienna Studio snake print leather pants with GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater, Moda silk cashmere cardigan, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, peridot beads and pearl necklace (all own)
GNW zebra print cardigan worn as top with white Newports News leather pants, Jake’s hounds-tooth blazer, Ivanka Trump pumps, Moschino belt, and 3.1 Philip Lim tote (all own)
GNW leopard print cardigan layered under Ann Taylor cashmere sweater over Sienna Studio leather pencil skirt with Harley Davidson booties (all own)
Anne Klein red turtleneck sweater, GNW opaque tights, Söfft booties, Hermes collier de chien leather bracelet, Hermes collier de chien bangle, smoky quart flower buckle with wide leather belt, Altuzarra snake design skirt (all own) and pearl studs c/o Wendy Mignot
GNW print cardigan, Hermes collier de chien belt, Sienna Studio skirt, Steve Madden lizard imprint green pumps, triple necklace, pantyhose, Gucci bamboo handle ostrich bag (all own), green motorcycle jacket c/o Leatherskin and olive halftee c/o Halftee
Max Mara straight orange skirt, Paloma Picasso x belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Valentino studded boots, Seiko watch, statement earrings (all own)
3/4 sleeve zebra print v-neck Tee c/o Covered Perfectly with own Sienna Studio leather skirt, dagwood flower bead necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, GNW tight, and Harley Davidson booties
When you liked the free outfit tips of this post, and want styling tips for all kind of dressing situation in midlife, buy my book How to Dress for Success in Midlife.
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
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