The best thing about fall is not the leaves, the comfort food, or the pumpkin spice lattes (gross). The best thing about fall is the clothes. And my favorite fall item, bar none, is leopard print shoes.
I can wear them with any outfit, any color, and to almost any occasion. They breathe life into an otherwise boring outfit and say, “Hey, this may just be a t-shirt and jeans, but it’s a t-shirt and jeans with personality!”
Animal print accessories from shoes to scarves to bags can fall into the tacky or gaudy category if you don’t choose them wisely. So here are my five tips for buying and wearing animal prints:
1. Leopard stands alone. If the piece is animal print, it cannot also be sequined, embroidered, or otherwise embellished. Animal prints have enough personality on their own; if you add something else to them, you quickly fall into Real Housewives territory.
2. Don’t mix animal prints. Giraffe, Zebra, and Leopard may live at the zoo together, but they should only be worn separately. Otherwise it’s going to look like bingo night at a retirement community in Boca.
3. The color mix in the print matters. When buying leopard print pieces, you want the shades of beige, yellow, brown or black to look a bit muted. If the print mixes too many colors, it can look cheap.
4. Animal print is usually best as accent. Occasionally, you find a wonderful animal print clothing item (like this Boden dress), but it’s a rarity. When in doubt, stick to shoes and scarves.
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