Happy Monday, gals! Today I’m sharing more details and style tips on an outfit that I featured in Friday’s How I Really Dressed for My Day post. I enjoyed wearing this animal print and black duo on mine and James’ day at a nearby city park. In fact, I wore this very outfit again Friday night when we attended a potluck and game fellowship at our church. I never get enough animal print.
Even just a year ago I would have steered you clear of doubling up on animal prints. But when I found this “brown zebra print” t-shirt at Banana Republic recently, I knew I wanted to add even more jungle touches to it.
By the way, while Banana Republic calls this a “brown zebra print” (is there such a thing???). But I’ve decided to think of it as bengal print, especially since I live in Cincinnati, home to the Cincinnati Bengals. Ha!
I paired my black and golden amber animal print tee (TTS – wearing a small) with comfy and trendy black ankle pants. Mine are no longer available, but these chinos by the same brand are very similar and currently marked down. I’m wearing my TTS 8, so I imagine these Sanctuary chinos (available in black, green, white and off white) run true to size as well.
I couldn’t resist adding my vegan suede leopard print hip belt to this ensemble. I just felt like it needed one more “something.” Like I said, normally I would warn against layering animal print on animal print. It’s definitely done on the runways, but a little riskier to pull off in real life. Ha! But I think the shirt and belt really work well together because the coloring is so similar. What do you think?
The day I wore this outfit James and I picnicked in a downtown park and then strolled through the Cincinnati Art Museum, so I chose to wear comfortable sneakers. These Marianne Naturalizers do not disappoint and they’re available in myriad colors and prints.
However, if you’d rather wear some shoes with a little more class, I highly recommend these pointy toe flats. The price is right and they have so many great colors and textures to choose from. The chocolate or black croc embossed would be great with this outfit and would add yet another touch of animal to this “wild” look. (I wore my black pointy toe flats with this outfit to our church fellowship Friday night.)
I also wore a tortoise cabochon bracelet. I think tortoise shell adds yet a third touch of animal print to this look.
Finally, I carried my Tory Burch hobo bag. It’s pricey, but I bought it on sale. And I am so pleased with this investment purchase. I love this bag so much. I’d really like to have the other colors, too, but I’m not that wild! Gotta tame the beast within, you know! Hahaha!
What do you think about layering on animal print in this way? I’d love to hear from you today!
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Blessed for My Day
I love hearing other people’s stories. Yesterday afternoon I sat around a table of new friends at our church’s ice cream fellowship. I listened to stories of how God had worked in these people’s lives. Their stories brought me encouragement and hope. They reminded me that God does indeed work miracles and answer prayers…often in surprising ways.
In the same way, the accounts in the Bible can bring us hope. When we approach the Scriptures with fresh eyes and read the familiar stories with a desire to meet God, we will be encouraged by how He has worked throughout the ages. If you need hope and encouragement in a particular struggle of life, I encourage you to turn to God’s Word. Read the familiar stories, but with fresh, eager, hungry eyes. And trust that the God who shut the lions’ mouths, parted the seas, rained down daily manna and healed the lepers can work miraculously in your life, too.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. ~ Romans 15:4