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.

To find the latest in on trend animal print accessories, visit Chicastic.com today!

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Leopard Print Valentine’s Day Corset

Valentine's Day Outfit

Get a little wild this Valentine’s Day with this leopard print corset. Be inspired by the print and show off your bold take charge mindset. We love this playful corset because of its flattering black side panels. They give a … Continue reading

Fun Printed Leggings- Stay Cute And Warm

It may be getting cold outside, but that doesn’t mean your style has to suffer! With winter approaching, you’ve probably found yourself wondering! How can I look super chic, and stay warm at the same time? Perhaps you’ve planned a night out in the city with the ladies and want to layer up for warmth. Maybe you’d like to look extra cute for that special someone without compromising your comfort.

These days may be dark, cold, and dreary at times, so why not spice up your outfit with colorful, exciting designs. Throw aside last year’s stockings, and try out a pair of printed leggings for a change! Your favorite black dress could always use a seasonal touch-up. A leopard print scarf, and fun printed leggings would really transform a simple, classic dress. Whether you’re going for a casual or dressy look, leggings serve as a very versatile addition to any lady’s personal style.

For those crisp, sleepy Sundays, leggings, paired with a casual fit cardigan, are a lovely way to stay cute and cozy.  With a cup of cocoa, and a favorite novel in hand, you won’t want to get out of bed.

Whatever your plans are for this fall, and winter season, our fun printed leggings are sure to be a “chicastic” addition to your wardrobe, turning any outfit idea from drab to fab. Our fun printed leggings are sure to brighten your day, as well as the people around you.

Camo Print Leggings

Summer to Fall Tunics

Tunics

Tired of the same old t shirt and shorts look? Want something a little more unique? Tunics are a great item to help diversify your wardrobe. They have variations to fit many different needs and can help you transition from … Continue reading

Everyday Cardigan

Cardigans are indispensable items to any girl’s wardrobe. Keep a few on hand at all times to match any occasion, no matter what the weather is.

Even though spring is here, it does not mean that the cold is gone completely. Layering is just as vital and as fashionable now as it is in the winter time. When the weather is unpredictable and constantly indecisive, shifting from rain to shine or giving us cool mornings and chilly nights with moments of warmth in between, layering definitely comes in handy. And while you may associate sweaters with the bitter chill of winter, they are just as useful (and just as cute) in the spring. A loose cardigan is an indispensable spring item and it is something everyone should make sure to have in their wardrobe.

Cardigans can be worn as an accessory or as a main feature of an outfit. They can be worn with dresses, with a tee and jeans, skirts, and even as a makeshift jacket over a pair of shorts and more summery outfits. Their power really comes from their ability to layer. When the weather is chillier, it is best to wear them with skinny jeans and boots. But they can also be worn when the weather is warmer as well. A cardigan over a spring dress can still be open and breezy in the sun but will protect you from the chill of the wind or in the shade. These handy accessories can also work just as great as a light jacket on cooler summer nights.

Cardigans are one of those wardrobe staples that come in handy when you have a few of them. It’s always handy to have a neutral color to match a majority of your outfits, but it’s just as useful to have some in varying colors. A statement color or print can do a lot to add oomph to a basic outfit if you’re dressing on the run or want to add some flare to an old outfit. Not only that, but they can be used to match any look, whether you’re going for romantic, daring, rocker chic, bohemian and can even extend to the general casual and professional looks. Their versatility is limitless. Wear them simply draped over your outfit, cinch it with a waist belt, layer it with a scarf, or button it up for a more preppy or professional look. These cozy items are perfect for mixing and matching and can do a lot to extend your wardrobe. Be sure you have a few that match your personal style as well as accentuate it.

Find the right color cardigan for you at Chicastic.

Cardigans

Floral Print Wool Pashmina Scarf Shawl Wrap

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.  So let’s will Spring into coming sooner!  These floral print wool pashmina scarf shawl wraps are up for the task.  They provide the warmth we need for the weather we have and the light colors for the weather we want.

The Multi Color Floral Print Wool Pashmina Scarf Shawl Wrap has such a fun play with patterns.  Two cute floral prints in fun colors?  What’s not to love?

Try bursting into Spring with the Black & Orange Floral Rose Print 100% Wool Pashmina Scarf Shawl Wrap.  The mix of dark and light sections, all filled with pops of orange, makes for a great transitional piece for the changing seasons.

Not 100% on the floral band wagon?  Then the Multi Color Mixed Animal & Floral Print 100% Wool Pashmina Scarf Shawl might be the right fit for you.  The floral and animal patterns work beautifully together in the light Spring colors.

Purchase one at Chicastic today and bring joy to your outfit and to everyone that sees it.

Multi Color Floral Print Wool Pashmina Scarf Shawl WrapBlack & Orange Floral Rose Print 100% Wool Pashmina Scarf Shawl WrapMulti Color Mixed Animal & Floral Print 100% Wool Pashmina Scarf Shawl

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.

Chicastic has snakeskin clutches, leopard print chiffon scarf etc which may be perfect accessories for formal and casual wear. 

Animal Print In Formal Wear

Prom Clutch Purses

For many if us prom is the first time we really get to dress up. Find a fun but elegant prom clutch that suits you.

It’s often that prom is the first formal event that teens attend and they have to choose between what kinds of dresses and accessories to wear. When it comes to accessorize big for formal events, the clutch is the perfect bag. It’s sleek and simple and can still be fun and complex in design. It all depends on your personal style. There are so many clutches out there and some match certain styles than others, but it’s still fun to mix and match.

A simple, sleek envelope clutch is always a great go-to bag. This simplistic style matches any dress and compliments any style. Its inherent versatility can be used beyond your formal event and would even work great on a night out. A simple neutral clutch will go with anything, but you can always go with a bold color or pattern that will bring some flare to your outfit while still remaining an accent piece. This simple envelope style can be used well beyond the prom, is appropriate for any future event, and you’ll find that because of its adaptable nature that it is well worth the investment.

A knuckle duster clutch adds a little more shine to your look and can double more as jewelry as well. The knuckle duster gets it’s name from the closure piece at the top of the bag. It can come in a variety of styles, from simple silver, to intricate swirls and designs or even more rock n roll with skulls or other etched patterns. This sort of piece shows it’s personality through this accent which can be worn over the fingers when held to imitate the effect of wearing rings. Similarly these handbags can come in neutrals as well as bold or bright colors, depending on your preference.

If you’re going for a retro look, then a coin purse clutch may be your best bet. These bags have a vintage feel to them that adds charm and glam to your outfit. Even if your dress isn’t vintage inspired or a great thrifty find, this sort of bag can still add that old school glamour to a modern dress. An embroidered or sequined clutch purse can add some sparkle and shine to an otherwise sleek and modern dress, while if worn with a similarly styled dress will still compliment in well in style.

Any of these bags are great for prom and come down to what sort of dress or overall look you have in mind. Remember, a clutch purse will come in handy for future events, both formal and more casual, so choose a bag that best suits your style so you’ll be able to use it beyond the prom. Check out Prom Clutch Purses at Chicastic!

Prom Clutch Purses

Leopard Inspired Wedding Ideas

Leopard print is hot but is it wedding appropriate? Here are some tips to incorporating this style on your big day.

Animal prints and patterns are all over the casual fashion world and have snuck into elegant and professional realms of style too. If you love leopard print what’s stopping you from using it in your wedding scheme? Just like incorporating these styles into your everyday wardrobe, balance is key and a little goes a long way.

If you want to include a bold pattern in your wedding design and creation, a great way to incorporate it is the invaluable use of accents. The rest of your wedding can adhere to traditional, timeless design with some of your own flare and still find a way to add some oomph. Include the pattern in your invitations, ribbons and party favors. Avoid going overboard by mirroring the style with timeless black and gold accents in addition to the leopard print to add some variety but retain the overall effect. For instance if you choose to accent your decor with leopard then consider putting your bridesmaids in black and gold to mirror the effect without seeming too much.

Don’t forget the cake as well! A white, black and gold cake with edible leopard print patterns is totally feasible and looks fun and daring when it comes to topping off the night with dessert. You can also use the print on napkins and silverware to act as more of an accent but still exude the theme tastefully.

You may also consider purchasing gifts for the bridal party that are leopard themed, such as leopard pattern clutch purse or leopard print chiffon scarf, and jewelry. These can also be worn and used during the wedding reception to add to your overall decor. Center pieces and take home gifts can also be in this style so your guests can remember the special day.

When done tastefully and minimally, a bold pattern can say a lot without overpowering your event. Using complementary solid colors can highlight the print without having to use it in every piece of decor or bridal wear. Don’t forget the power of accessories and accents. If you’re looking to incorporated it into your dress, you can always go with a bold leopard print shoe or a fun patterned garter belt, for example. Adding little touches do a lot without taking over your wedding. It adds the look you want in a tasteful and chic way. Don’t be afraid to add oomph to your wedding. Chicastic has beautiful leopard pattern accessories that would be perfect for the bride and the bridesmaids. 

Leopard Inspired Wedding Ideas

Animal Print Accessories

Animal print accessories are here to stay. Though certain patterns fall in and out of current fashion, the general style is always in. While it’s associated with the bold and daring, everyone can do with some experimentation. Even if you feel that animal print isn’t quite your style, incorporating some with the use of accessories can be fun and daring without going overboard.

Leopard print Scarves are great accessories on their own, especially as an easy means of introducing patterns to an outfit. They can be worn in countless styles and can be removed if desired. Not to mention, they keep us warm while still looking cute and fashionable. An animal print scarf, whether leopard or snakeskin, is a great accessory to dress up a basic tee. Additionally, if you go with a silkier fabric, you can wear it to the office or even with a little black dress. Animal print bags are also a great way to incorporate this look into your wardrobe. Most of these prints work with a majority of other colors and patterns so it can be easily mixed and matched.

Even jewelry can feature these bold patterns but can do so in smaller doses. Bangles or large plate statement necklaces with leopard or snake print can add some depth and dimension to an outfit composed of solid colors. Remember to be wary of mixing patterns; they work best when paired with solid colors and can even work with subtle textures so they have more of an impact. Let the pattern speak for itself. It will make a bolder statement when used sparingly and to greater effect. Belts or shoes are also great ways to make a statement without making it the focal point of an outfit. A belt is understated and acts as more of an accent. Using a patterned belt to break up a monotone outfit can give it that extra oomph it needs. A shoe has a similar effect in that it adds to the outfit without drawing attention away from it.

And don’t forget about the power of animal pattern handbags. A snakeskin clutch can add flare to any outfit, even a basic t-shirt and jeans combo as you’re going about running errands. A patterned handbag can be appropriate for the workplace or even a fancy night out when paired with a little black dress. Animal print can be more versatile than you think, and is an easy way to add flare to an ensemble without much effort. You don’t have to go overboard to take a walk on the wild side; remember that a little goes a long way. Chicastic carries beautiful animal print accessories so buy one now!

Blue Snakeskin Pattern Hard Clutch Purse