Whether you love animal prints or cannot stand the sight of leopard spandex, the fashion statement is here to stay. Animal prints can now be found everywhere: on clothing, purses, scarves, shoes, jewelry and even nail polish. With so many options, here are a few guidelines to keep your wild side in check — too much of a good thing can endanger your style.
DON’T “do the most” and dress as if you are an actual leopard. Animal prints are best in small doses. Wearing animal prints from head-to-toe is a no-no, especially without breaking it up with solid colors. A general rule of thumb: Choose a single statement-making animal print combined with solid colors to bring it all together.
DO accentuate the print in your outfit. If you want to put focus on the patterns, then “do the least” with the rest of your outfit. Black, brown or white are often easy colors to pair and allow the animal pattern to stand out without being overpowering.
DON’T mix animal prints. Multiple animal patterns will totally compete with each other, ultimately resulting in a hot jungle mess.
DO experiment with color. Venture out from the natural black and brown tones with animal prints in red, purple, green and even white! Here’s your official free pass to get frisky with color and spice things up …but with caution of course! Make sure you incorporate solids that accentuate these patterns in a tasteful way.
DON’T overpower animal print with big, chunky jewelry. You will want to tone down bold prints with simple light jewelry that will complement your look. Gold jewelry is an excellent option for animal print garments, in addition to silver and rose gold necklaces, cuffs, and rings. Pairing big flashy jewelry with animal prints can look cluttered and costume-y.
And finally, DON’T be afraid of trying animal prints! What’s the worst that could happen? Wear it, own it, and most of all have fun with it! As long as you feel comfortable and confident, you will be the fiercest cheetah in the jungle.