Despite my Mother’s obsession with leopard print high heels, I have never been, nor shall I ever be, an admirer of the animal prints. My subtle, understated style simply isn’t suited to the gaudy animalist fetishism that some women so readily embrace. But whether I like it or not, animal prints are HUGE this Fall so it is my duty as a fashion blogger to feature them.
Or at least, that’s what the other fashionistas tell me.
Because I think it’s fiscally irresponsible to spend a significant amount of money on what is likely a passing fad, I think the best place to go looking for animal printed pieces is a vintage shop. And since I live in my cubicle, the closest vintage shop is online retailer Etsy. Here are a few pieces sure to give your wardrobe a gaudy dose of fauna this Fall.
Animal prints for the woman with the “Go Big or Go Home” attitude or Cruella DeVil.
Despite myself, I think this skirt could be cute with a black silk shell and a pair of open-toed shoes. Just make sure that they’re not…
Which should be worn with something understated, like a burqa. I kid, I kid. Pair these pumps with a simple chocolate brown pant and a neutral blouse and you’ll be on trend without being overwhelming.
If you really want a piece that screams Zulu warrior, then this belt is for you. Add a skinny jean and a blousy cream tunic and you’ll have an outfit that epitomizes Kenya California cool.
If you’re looking for a soupcon of animal print instead of a vat, this Lucite ring is simply adorable. The kind of thing that you could wear even after the trend is past its prime.
I love sequins so much, that I even like this blouse in all of its Miami Vice, 1980s glory. It would look fabulous with a black pencil skirt and a black pump. It would also be killer with skinny jeans and a bootie.
(How sad is it that the piece I am obsessed with is the most gauche thing on the page? Clearly, my love of sequins is terminal.)
If you’re like me, and animal isn’t your thing, these leopard sunglasses would be a chic addition to any wardrobe. Who says sunnies are just for Summer?