Sunday, 13 January 2013

Guest Post: Animal Prints: How to Avoid Overkill


Fashion trends come and go, but some seem to stand the test of time. Animal print is one of the fashions that seems to never go completely out of style. However, with so many choices available, it can be difficult to construct an outfit that looks polished and elegant instead of tacky or overdone. Below are some tips fashionistas can use to make sure that the animal print look they don incorporates just the right blend of sophistication and whimsy.
  • Choose a focal point and stick with it. As tempting as it may be to match an animal print blouse to animal print handbags and shoes, it's almost always a mistake. Head-to-toe animal print runs the risk of looking cheesy, so fashion buffs should avoid overkill by sticking with no more than two animal print garments at a time.
  • Break it up. If you must wear more than one piece of animal print, it's important to keep them as far away from each other as possible. For example, an animal print scarf with animal print shoes is fine, but pairing the scarf with an animal print blouse is a bad idea.
  • Pair with solids. After choosing an animal print piece to flaunt, it's wise to pair the piece with solid, neutral garments. For example, if you plan to wear a cheetah print top, pair the piece with a solid skirt or pant and a neutral shoe. Pairing the top with a patterned skirt, even if the pattern isn't animal print, is overwhelming to the eye and takes away from the outfit's cohesiveness.
  • Choose accessories wisely. When deciding on accessories, fashion enthusiasts should choose pieces that aren't too busy. For example, choosing a pair of gaudy earrings to pair with an animal skin top is not the best choice. However, an earring in a solid shade works well with this outfit, regardless of its size. Likewise, animal print bracelets or necklaces with attention-grabbing patterns should be avoided, while more reserved, sophisticated necklaces or bracelets complement the outfit nicely.
Animal print clothing makes a bold fashion statement, and some fashion lovers may be intimidated by this outspoken, fun-loving trend. However, when approached properly, animal print pieces can make an excellent addition to any wardrobe. By choosing garments carefully and pairing them with the right accessories, anyone can put together an animal print look that's both flattering and polished.
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