A few weeks ago I posted my most popular article (EVER!) on pattern mixing. One of the things I mentioned in the post was that you can use leopard as a neutral in your outfits. I got a ton of response about this, both from people who agreed and those who had never thought to do it. So I thought in this post I would break that down a little more and give you lots of ideas for using animal print patterns as neutrals in your outfits.
Fun fact, I NEVER liked any sort of animal print, up until 1 year ago when I got a pair of zebra print sandals and I realized how well they paired with everything in my closet. I think this is a result of the neutral colors and familiar, natural patterns that don’t clash harshly. I can’t say the same when you go wild (puns ;)) with the color schemes, breaking from standard shades. Still not personally a fan of those.
Animal prints are classic, and one of those items we’ve discussed in the past that are worth dropping a little more cash on. They were also HUGE on the Fall/Winter 2015 runway. In my opinion, with animal print, less is more. If you’re going to wear an animal print top, I highly recommend keeping your pants/skirt one single shade. This is a surefire way to keep your outfit looking chic and sophisticated. Also, when using animal print as a neutral, only stick to one animal print. If you use more, it’s NOT a neutral. Keep it small, simple, and NOT the focus of the outfit.
Basic animal print go-to’s
Monarch Butterfly (Kidding, but why not?)
Investment-worthy animal print pieces
Belt, no question
Daily-wear sandals/tennis shoes
Ribbon (to tie around a hat, or in your hair)
My favorite way to subtly incorporate animal prints into my outfits is with a leopard print belt or snakeskin heels. What is your favorite way to pull animal prints into your outfit?
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