I’ve never really been a big fan of animal print clothing, I’ve never been the kind of person that could really pull it off anyways – Patterns in general don’t necessarily make an appearance in my closet so when I was gifted a leopard print scarf last Christmas, I took it as a sign to try to incorporate it into my wardrobe. Shortly after, I picked up a glittery leopard print sweater from H&M; normally I would never buy something like that but it was $5 and I figured I could afford to try out a few outfit options with it. I got both items last year and they’ve both been sitting in my closet collecting dust since. Instead of donating them to an animal print lover, I decided to put together a few outfits and share them with everyone out there who may be stand-offish towards prints like I am. The outfits that I put together are extremely basic because I think bright colours and patterns should be paired with muted and dark tones, so consider these casual outfit options, if you want to see a dressy one let me know in the comments or on twitter.
- Basic dark wash jeans and animal print sweater. Yes, I know this one is pretty obvious but when it comes to prints it has to be said that less is more. A basic dark wash jean or black pants would be the perfect accent to a sweater that speaks volumes. With the holiday season coming up, this combination would look great with a basic pump and a nice, classic bun. A fun twist on a simple look. Because this look is so plain, it also makes room for a bold lip, I would go with a darker colour like NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in the colour Volga.
- Accessorize. When it comes to loud prints, its best to accessorize with dark tones. Not only will this allow the print to stand out, but it will also mute it down. I’m finding that maroon is a huge colour this season, so I paired this sweater with the Strudwick infinity scarf ($25 From Call It Spring) and dark wash jeans. I actually really liked how the pattern and the dark hue complimented each other so nicely. Not a big fan of infinity scarves? No problem, cuff your sweater sleeves and add gold or rose gold jewelry to counteract the print. I’m wearing a rose gold Michael Kors watch in all the photos and I was surprised at how much I liked the combination of colours between the sweater and the watch.
- The third look I was a little confused about. My options were to pair the sweater with a leather jacket or an asymmetrical blazer. I ended up choosing the (faux) leather jacket because no one will mess with a girl wearing leather and cheetah print. Also because this look is very slimming when looking at it head on. Your eye tends to focus on the bright sweater framed by the black jacket, making your waist look narrower. It’s all about smoke and mirrors people. This is also a great option if you’re timid towards prints since it allows you to wear the garment without all the commitment of a full animal print.
4. For the fourth look, I decided to experiment with the leopard print scarf. Again, I went with a maroon shirt because I really liked the way the two looked together. In general, I think if you’re going to wear an animal print, its best to pair it with a darker colour just to give it that extra touch of class. Bright colours and animal prints can end up looking tacky and juvenile. A black or dark brown sweater would also pair perfectly with a scarf like this. Try it with a messy bun, black pants and a pair of booties or thigh high’s. There weren’t many options for styling an infinity scarf so I left it at this.