Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Celebrating our Animalistic Nature

Who doesn't love animals?? Whether people own pets, volunteer at animal shelters, or donate to wild life foundations, they usually don't show it by wearing the cute, furry creatures on their clothing. Although, I might be in the minority, I am not a fan of Animal Print in clothing ~ I think that there are much better ways to showcase your "wild side."

When you think of say, a "crazy cat lady" what might come to mind is an applique sweatshirt with some phrase like "cats leave paw-prints across our hearts" on it, right? Well, believe it or not, there are incredibly chic ways to incorporate your love for animals in your wardrobe!

The KEY is to keep it SIMPLE.

Add ONE Animal item to your outfit - try to stay on the neutral
side with your clothes to really let the item really stand out. Just add a necklace, clutch or earrings that feature your favorite animal.

The bag on the right is from anthropologie and retails for $88. The giraffe-printed silk makes the bag so ladylike and the giraffe cutouts on the leather are so adorable, you can't help but smile when looking at them!

The owl necklace on the left is a fun way to show your animal love, just pair with a V-Neck Pocket Tee & Jeans, and you are good to go! They are such a steal at only $17 on Etsy ~ an AMAZING website full of homemade products.

Another animal accessory that is a personal favorite of mine is feathers. ~ They are delicate & feminine, but with rich bold colors, as shown in these peacock earrings, can take ANY outfit to Another Level! You won't believe the price for this pair, only $3.80 at Forever 21.

Here are a few more of my favorite animal items ~

Welcome to the Jungle

Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Forever21.com - Tops - Casual - 2055986647, $14
Forever21.com - New Arrivals - 1081333349, $4.80
Siamese Cat Ring, $14
Forever21.com - Accessories - Hats & Hair - 1081129013, $1.50
Nesting Tote - Anthropologie.com, $168
City Safari Belt, $38

Whether it's just a simple accessory, like those above, animal print can add interest to your outfit. Just remember the rule: keep it SIMPLE. You never want to go overboard and end up wearing leopard print head to toe...we've all seen those horrible pictures in the magazines ~you don't want to be that person!! Start small, with just a simple necklace featuring one of your favorite animals, and then learn to go bolder by pairing hot leopard heels with your favorite little black dress. Whatever it may be, remember to stick with your BRAND, your style. Just because others are wearing it doesn't mean it will work for you!

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