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Animal print fashion

Updated on July 11, 2015
The lure of animal print
The lure of animal print | Source

The lure of animal print

      Animal print has been around for ages.  It began becoming popular in the 80's and seems to have not lost it's appeal.  In the beginning many thought of the print as being trashy or cheap looking because of its association with skimpy and skin tight styles.  It has evolved into a classy, desirable fashion choice. 

     Pick up any magazine and you are likely to see a star wearing or carrying an accessory in animal print.   Angelina Jolie has had photos of her wearing a beautiful, stylish faux animal skin coat.  Victoria Beckham and Sarah Jessica Parker both have been seen about town carrying an animal print purse.  There are even photos of stars wearing beautiful gowns on the red carpet in an animal print, for example: Eva Mendes.  Animal print has morphed into a desirable style choice.

One of the reasons for the popularity can be attributed to the diversity of the animal print.  It comes in a varieety of pints and colors.  For example, leopard, cheetah, zebra and tiger seem to be the most popular.  The colors are natural and fabulous and natural, they look good on everyone.  Designers have also been doing the prints in bright and pastel colors.  There is something for every one.  You also see the prints in everything from lingerie to coats, from compact cases to bedspreads.  There are so many ways you can use an animal print.

It is said that men like the animal prints because t makes them feel macho.  Children like them simply because they like animal and love the feeling of wearing them and being close to them.  Women like them because they make them feel cool, different and wild.  They use them to reflect their version of their own personality adding charm, romance and confidence.  Whatever the reason for wearing them, they are fun.

Animal print shoes, how cute
Animal print shoes, how cute | Source

Do's and Don't of wearing animal prints

  • DO keep it simple. Avoid mixing different prints together.
  • DON'T overdo it. Try the subtle look. Use one or two pieces with an animal print. Try not to wear a shirt, shirt, shoes, and purse all in animal print it becomes overpowering. You want people to notice the overall effect as a stylish outfit and look at it and no know what to think.
  • DO use neutral colors with animal prints, something that will blend with the color in the print. Avaoid wearing bright or loud colors with your print of choice. Let the print speak for itself.
  • DON"T choose one of the prints they are making in bright colors. Try to stay with the natural color of the animal. Many people think of the bright artifical prints as garrish and cheap looking.
  • DO try to keep your accessories simple. In other words, don't overload your outfit with animal print accessories. Try to keep it to a couple of carefully chosen accessories. Using a couple of animal print accessories such as a purse, scarf, shoes, hat or belt is a great way of incorporating animal print into your style in a subtle way.
  • DON'T wear animal print in or on an area that you don't want to draw attention to. If you have big hips it's probably not a good idea to wear an animal print skirt or pair of pants. Or for big busted women its a good idea to stay away from leopard print tops.

No matter how much I love the animal print I like the print to be synthetic.  Don't kill animals to obtain the print.
No matter how much I love the animal print I like the print to be synthetic. Don't kill animals to obtain the print. | Source

Where to buy animal print clothing and accessories on line

I love this website.  They have the most interesting and versitile animal print clothing and accessory choices.  They offer coats, jackets, purses, shoes, jewelry, lingerie, furniture, pillows , pet apparel, pet beds, compact mirrors, jewelry boxes and many, mnay other choices.  They have adutl and children sizes.  The childrens selection is adaorable.

This website has a great variety of leopard, cheetah, tiger and zebra prints.  They offer a very diversified selection of shoes, shirts, hats, pants, lingerie, skirts, stoles, muffs, hair accessories, jewelry, coats, jackets, dresses, swimsuits, tops and more.  There is absolutely something for everyone at this website.

At this website you will find a tremendous selection of brand names.  The brand names I saw on this website encompass the most popular sought out brands.  They include: Banana Republic, DKNY, Forever 21, Jump, Shoshanna, and Xilaration, just to name a few.  The prices on this website range from $0-25 to up to $5000.  They offer dresses, jewelry, maternity, outerwear, petites, plus sizes, skirts, swimwear, teens, tops, bags, shoes, and kids and more.  The kids brand include:  Babies R Us, Carters, Bibi Kids, Gap, Gerber, Gymboree, Janie and Jack, Joie, Lamaze, Lilly Pulitzer, Little Me, Pottery Barn Kids.  The prices go from $0-25 to $150.

This webite has a nice selection of animal print items including: dresses, shoes, purses, pants and skirt suits, coats and lingerie.


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I especially love the shoes, the really add pizazz to an outfit. Thanks

    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love animal print - everything! Especially shoes. I always manage to have the shoes, wonderful gloves, even sheets and towels. You have covered everything.

      Great hub! Rated up of course.