Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Wearing Animal Prints

Cole swimsuits, 1954

As a fashion trend, animal prints come and go. Truly, though, animal prints are classics and will always be in style. A woman wearing an animal print projects confidence and allure. But you want to do it right. Here are a few Dos and Don'ts for wearing animal prints.

Pierre Balmain sequin evening gown, 1953

- Do keep it simple. A garment with simple, sleek lines works best in a busy animal print.
- Don't overdo it. Choose one piece in an animal print over an entire outfit.

Sybilla pants, 1992

- Do pair animal prints with neutrals like black, brown, tan, or gray.
- Don't choose animal prints in bright colors. Keep to the natural tones of the animal.

Givenchy silk evening gown, 1981

- Do keep your accessories simple. Let the print speak on it's own.
- Don't wear an animal print in an area you don't want to call attention to. Animal prints grab the eye, so wear them with discretion.

3 comments:

Gladys said...

First let me say those bathing suits are too die for. Second I love animal prints but always feel like a baffoon wearing them. I am 5'1" and about 100 pounds but I feel like I'm two ton Tilly when I wear them. What am I doing wrong? I have tried a leopard coat over all black and I still feel like I'm overwhelming. I had a zebra blouse and felt like my boobs were screaming "LOOK AT ME". Maybe I should stick to animal print scarves, they don't make my neck look too big.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Gladys, I understand your pain. Have you tried a small-scale animal print instead of a life sized one? I have a leopard sweater that I love. I normally wouldn't wear an animal print across my boobs either, but this print is much tinier than it would be in nature and it works for me. I would also try taking baby steps with accessories first. I wear my leopard print flats with all black, and they look great. An animal print scarf, belt, or purse is a great way to start small!

puddin said...

Used to love wild prints until I reached age that wrinkles looked too evident wearing them.
And I love the real leapord skin muff and hat on your accessories site.

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