How To Wear Different Animal Prints

How To WearAnimal Print

Animal prints are a wonderful way to add spice to any outfit. Whether you are wearing zebra stripes with their stark contrast, to the uber sexy leopard print, to the ever so exotic snake print, you are sure to turn heads wherever you go! Animal prints will never go out of fashion. Every year, there are designers churning out gorgeous pieces in ostrich skin print, alligator, snake, fish scales, leopard…the list keeps going on and on! There are so many popular prints and patterns available that it’s hard to figure out what to wear and more importantly, how to wear it! Here are some ways to help you curate your own personal look with the most popular three: zebra, leopard and snake prints!

Zebra prints are quite bold due to their inherent contrast. The safest way to wear them is to pair with neutrals. Try wearing a form fitting black top with a zebra pencil skirt and black pumps. OR for a bit of daring fun, you can swap the black heels for a pair of red ones. A v-neck zebra sweater will also look nice paired over dark skinny jeans and leather boots. If you are still shy about zebra clothing, try carrying a zebra clutch or purse to start!

Now, “safe” isn’t always the most fun choice! You can pair zebra with ANY color, as long as it is solid. A zebra tank top worn over a shimmering gold skirt and gold heels is a great look for a night out. Red leggings with a zebra tank and a loose black cardigan is an eye-catching look as well. You can even wear zebra with a pattern, as long as the pattern is small and subtle, such as pin stripes or tiny dots. Another fun option is to wear a zebra print button down shirt with a high waisted turquoise skirt. Hot and cool, both at once!

Leopard print is considered the “safest” of the animal patterns, simply because it’s the most popular. It is a classic pattern dating back to the early days of fashion. It is wonderful on accessories such as scarves and purses because of its sophistication. It instantly adds class to any outfit! But as easy as it is to wear, it is just as easy to over do it. Here are some ways you can wear leopard print without going overboard.

Ballet flats are a casual option that can be worn with either daytime or nighttime outfits, and leopard printed ones are just as easy to wear as solid ones. You can wear them with a pantsuit and white collared shirts for work, or skinny jeans and a tank top for the weekend! These shoes make it easy to transition from day to night without having to carry an extra pair of shoes around!

A leopard skirt or leggings can be worn with ANY color top. Consider leopard to be a neutral in this case, as long as your top is solid. Your shoes or purse can be the same color as the top, but never both! One has to be a neutral to keep the balance, else you end up looking tacky.

Another fun way to wear leopard is through your handbag. Casual purses and fancy clutches all come in this exotic print and the choices are endless!

Now, for something on the other side of the animal kingdom: SNAKE PRINT.

Snake print was extremely popular during the 2013 style, but its obsession has been long before that. Real snakeskin can be expensive, but luckily there are many faux and vegan versions that are animal friendly AND come in a myriad of colors.

Because of its leathery appearance, snake print is very popular for shoes and handbags! However, don’t limit yourself to just accessories! This particular pattern is extremely attractive in fabrics, especially on ones that drape very well and seem to “slither” like rayon and silk. The snake is a very sexy, sultry and mysterious creature. Women have had an interesting relationship with the snake, starting with the famous story of Eve’s temptation by the serpent. By wearing this print, it seems almost symbolic of women’s triumph over adversity. So wear it proud!

Like the two patterns mentioned earlier, a skirt or pair of leggings in this print can be easily paired with neutrals, but why stop there! Complete the look and pay homage to Eve’s story by wearing red with snake print! A red handbag and cardigan is very sexy, especially when paired with crystal heels. Or if you are still apprehensive about snake print, maybe start with a wallet or clutch.

As sexy and outgoing as animal prints may seem, they are easily neutralized if you wear them the right way. Luckily for us, they never go out of style. Their longevity in the fashion world makes it easy for us to find the right article of clothing or accessory that fits each of our own unique personality, style, and budget.

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Look Fashionable for Dinner with the Girls

Make looking fashionable with your friends even more fun. Get your girls together and help each other out when getting ready for a night out together.

Going out with the girls is some of the best fun a lady can have. Being surrounded by friends is wonderful and for so many reasons. Looking forward to a night out on the town with the gals can even be fun before you leave the house! Since you’ll all be hanging out together, you’re more than likely to be dishing out info on what you’re planning on wearing or complaining that you just don’t know what to wear! While you as friends are in one boat or the other, being together makes getting ready all the easier.

When girls go out together, they tend to encourage their friends to really dress up, take chances and try experimenting with mixing and matching you may have never thought up alone otherwise. Invite the girls over and have a pre-dinner party where you can exchange your favorite accessories. Borrow a leopard clutch for the night while another friend borrows your pastel patent leather pumps. Having new accessories can make you feel like a whole new woman and the encouragement of others always gives a girl a confidence boost.

The overall style of what you wear depends on where you’re going out to eat, but if you’re with a like minded group of girls, then why not dress your best? We all have outfits or pieces we wish we could wear more often but rarely find the occasion to wear them to. Convince your girls to gather these pieces and you can all wear them together! If you’re in a group of fashionable gals, you won’t feel overdressed in that cute lace cocktail dress you just had to have but had no where to wear it to. Take it up a notch and add a dazzling coin purse clutch and sport a silk scarf. If you’re all dressing up together, you won’t feel alone wearing your Sunday best. Plus you’ll all look and feel great!

And of course, there’s nothing wrong with being casual. If you all decide to go somewhere low-key, the mixing and matching and accessory exchanging is still a viable pre-dinner get together option, but feel free to exchange more casual pieces like chiffon scarves, flats, or cardigans. Try prints you may not own or wouldn’t normally wear and let your gals do the same.

No matter what you do, you are guaranteed to have an absolute blast when you are with your closest comrades. Exchange fashion ideas, tips and even some of your favorite pieces.

Find your favorite night out accessories at Chicastic.

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Brown Leopard Clutch

Looking for some easy accessory fix? Try adding some old school chic to your look with a brown leopard print clutch.

Animal print is an entirely unique pattern. While the use of animal furs and patterns have held some stake throughout history, it has been a particular sort of commercial fashion staple since the 1950’s. While some particular styles seem to come and go with the decades, such as the zebra print which saw to a golden age in the 80’s and came back in the 2000’s, leopard print has some real staying power. Use this design to look classy, edgy, or even both.

While every different kind of animal print has the ability to be bold and eye catching, leopard is unique in that it can make a statement while still retaining the ability to be subtle. Such is the case with a brown leopard print clutch. A small piece such as this has the ability to stand out while still being minimal and tasteful. As is the rule with most animal patterns: the less there is, the more it says. A little really goes a long way. If you want to make a statement or test out a bolder or new look for yourself, then a clutch purse is a great way to test the waters. These sleek and classy accessories are small but still pack a punch. Despite their size, they still have a lot of fashion power, and can easily be removed from your ensemble if you’re simply not “feeling” the look. These accessories are versatile and useful, and always give off an air of elegance and poise.

This clutch can do a lot for you despite it’s size. It can add oomph to any outfit, whether it’s plain, neutral, or full of color. Avoid using it with too many other patterns though, however, because if used in this way the bag will get lost in a sea of other colors, shapes and designs. But when paired with solid colors, this accessory can do a lot to break up and add texture to an ensemble effortlessly. The bag is then allowed to stand out wonderfully, and can do so against a little black dress or with a power suit, for example. It can also work just as well with a basic tee shirt and jeans! Patterns are not entirely out of the question, though they should always be used sparingly when mixing and matching more than one. Patterns and prints work best when paired against solid colors, and an outfit can otherwise be broken up with other textures and fabrics to add more depth to your look.

You can find the brown leopard print clutch and other leopard print accessories at Chicastic.

Brown Leopard Print Clutch

Animal Prints In Formal Wear

Animal print is totally hot right now and is often associated with bold and daring looks. While this pattern does lend itself to casual wear or party wear, it can still be made appropriate for formal occasions. Like choosing anything for a formal event, it’s all about the cut, length and style of a piece that determines where it is best worn. The same goes for animal print. Choose your animal print accessories and clothing wisely and you can make it work for any formal setting.

When it comes to formal dresses, the cut and fit mean a lot. Depending on where you’re going or what sort of event you will be attending, most occasions allow will allow you to wear floor length or above the knee dresses. Even if both cuts are acceptable, it’s often that shorter dresses are not /too/ short and fall just above the knee. Neckline matters a lot too. A plunging neckline might be appropriate for a night out or if you’re planning to walk the red carpet, but is often not acceptable at most formal events. A strapless dress could be a good alternative if you want to be a little more bold, but be sure it still provides enough coverage.

Next, do you want to feature this pattern in the clothing itself? Or do you want to use it to accentuate what you are wearing? If you’re opting to choose a dress that features animal print, either in the entire dress or in some aspect of it (whether it is a color blocked dress or features a printed collar, sash, skirt or belt etc.) then you might want to accessorize with a simple statement necklace and clutches. Go for silver or gold, whichever best matches the print you’ve chosen, or go with monochromatic colored jewelry and shoes such as black or white. That way you can still look classy and elegant while exhibiting a bit of your wild side. If you wan to go for something a little tamer, then wearing a solid colored dress with animal print clutch purse may be your best bet. This look goes great with the little black dress but works with other colors as well. Go for a bold snakeskin print clutch or shoe matched with gold jewelry. This way you’re using the pattern to play up your ensemble while the solid color balances the entire look.

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Animal Print In Formal Wear