Pick up any fashion magazine and you are bound to read about leopard print working as a neutral. Now, I'm from New Jersey: home of big hair, loud mouths, fist-pumping, and anything but neutral leopard prints. When overdone, it becomes a fashion disaster. See our friends Snooki and Deena below:
|Yikes! Photo: Hearty Magazine|
There is NOTHING neutral about these animal prints!
I think people shy away from animal prints because they don't know how to wear them. When used as accent pieces, they can add a little pizzaz to your wardrobe. They are fun, flirty, and go with almost anything. I understand why you might be hesitant to take advice from a Jersey girl who spent her teen years sleeping in this bedroom:
|Yes, this was really my room. |
Yes, that is leopard bedding.
And yes, that is the infamous Titanic wall.
I assure you that my taste in animal prints has matured over time. Now, I no longer sleep on leopard sheets, but incorporate animal prints into my wardrobe in the form of a ballet flat, belt, bag or blouse. It absolutely can work as a neutral and be quite classy.
Here is what I wore yesterday:
|GAP jeans and cardigan, Old Navy tank, Artwark earrings, |
Micheal Kors watch, Forever 21 ring, Dior glasses
|I bought this ring for less than $5 a few years ago. |
Adds some sparkle and ties the look together.
|Glasses close up.|
(Yes, they are prescription and I should probably wear them more often.)
How do you incorporate animals prints into your wardrobe? Or do you avoid them at all costs? Leave a comment below and let us know.