I have a hard time with animal print sometimes. Whenever I wear a leopard print, I automatically feel like a Kardashian and buxom bombshell isn't really my daytime scene.
That is why I love the photo above. The floaty white top and modestly cut shorts are just plain cute and not at all over-the-top sexy. The outfit takes the wild animal intimidation factor down a whole lot.
This new lease on leopard now must be tested. Turns out, I actually like my animal print with a side of prep and with a few preppy touches, you can make these prints easily work for day.
Tibi Cheetah Print Blazer/Citizens of Humanity Amber Jeans in White/Victoria Beckham Denim Tee/3.1 Phillip Lim Crossbody Bag/Jack Rogers Sandals
Ladies Who Lunch
There are a few things to keep in mind when donning an animal print for day:
- Make sure your printed article of clothing is well tailored and modestly cut. That means skirts or tops that float away from the body (aka aren't tight), shorts that have a longer inseam (at LEAST 3" unless you are a tween) and jackets that are structured.
- Pair your animal print with clean accessories. Fussy fringes or piles of bangles and necklaces send the look into Coachella territory, which is only okay if you are actually attending Coachella.
- Choose classic shoe brands and/or classic shoe cuts. A good looking flat or sophisticated sandal keeps your animal print ladylike.
- You can never go wrong when adding a white or beige top to leopard shorts or skirts or white jeans or khakis with a leopard top or jacket. You CAN, however, approach Kardashian territory if you add black. Beware.
That concludes today's lesson in leopard. Are you feeling the leopard love this year? Send me your pics and any more tips!