When I started this style blog in 2018 I quickly learned that animal print was a must-have for a chic, stylish wardrobe. At the time I already had a couple of pieces of leopard print, one a gauzy button up dress from Talbots and the other a long sleeve professional looking blouse. But it didn’t take me long to purchase a few more casual animal print pieces, such as tees, sandals, flats, belts and handbags. This was one trend I wanted to participate in fully! But what about now? Three years later is animal print still in style?
Hallelujah! Yes, animal print is still roaring. Rather, animal prints are still very much in vogue. We’re long past being partial to only leopard print. These days you can still find and wear fashionable garments and accessories that feature the exotic prints of lions and tigers and
bears…okay, not bears. But lions, tigers, giraffes, zebras and and reptiles, oh my!
I’m even reading about cow prints breaking onto the scene. But honestly, for me, wearing the prints of farm animals doesn’t hold the same exotic charm as donning the patterns of the jungle. What about you?
But yes, I repeat, yes, keep pulling out those animal print tees, shoes, belts and toppers and wear them with confidence. In fact, that’s style tip number one for wearing this jungle print.
Animal Print Style Tip #1 – If you’re going to wear animal print, do it with confidence. You don’t want to look like the cowardly lion of Wizard of Oz fame, do you? No! Let your animal print roar. Choose striking prints that make an impact and position them against backdrops of denim, black, white, brown or tan. But you can also wear your animal print with swaths of red, pink or orange.
Animal Print Style Tip #2 – Wear it like a solid. We call it a print, and I guess technically it is one. But it reads like a solid. That means you absolutely can wear it with other contrasting prints. Yes, you can wear your animal print tee with florals, stripes, plaids and other graphic prints.
I’ve worn this Johnny Was kimono (which was generously gifted to me) here before. And I have still more photos to share with you in another outfit. But wearing this reversible kimono on the “wild side” (it has flowers on the other side) with my leopard print tee is definitely my favorite way to style it.
Animal Print Style Tip #3 – Wear it like a neutral. That is, if you’re wearing a true animal print, wear it like a neutral. But these days we’re seeing animal prints in pinks, blues, greens, etc. Those I’d wear more like the color they are. But if you wear a print that really looks like an animal’s coat, you can pair it with other colors effortlessly because it reads like a neutral. So you can wear it the same way you would, say, black or brown or grey.
Speaking of treating your animal print like a neutral and a solid, wearing it under a kimono is a surefire modern way to top that classic animal print tee you probably already have in your wardrobe. (Don’t have one? I’ve gathered some, along with other animal print favorites, in the shopping widget below. But this $10 animal print tee is a great place to start.)
Since I paired my leopard print tee with a print kimono today, let’s talk kimonos a bit. Hopefully you’ve seen my newest YouTube video in which I shared that adding a kimono is a great way to look casual but chic this summer. As I mentioned there, any of us can wear kimonos. Whether you’re tall or petite, trim or full figured, you absolutely can find a kimono that looks stunning on you. Plus, they’re cool, slenderizing, and stylish.
Simply choose a kimono that works for your proportions and frame. Here’s a shopping widget with some of my favorites in all different price points. I have discovered that all ruanas, wraps or kimonos are not created equally. You do get what you pay for. But if you’re just trying this style out, don’t bust the bank with this purchase. I’ve tried to select only kimonos that I would gladly wear.
Note: I wouldn’t necessarily pair an animal print tee with all of these. But I’ve looked over them and most of them would work nicely with a tee similar to mine or another animal print top.
I wore my animal print tee and reversible kimono over my cotton and linen blend barrel pants. Not only do these pants have a modern silhouette with a flattering high waist, but they are so breathable and lightweight. I did size up to a 10 in them.
I’ve got two more shopping widgets for you. The first is filled with fun animal print pieces I found at a variety of price points. The second is to shop the look.
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Three things I hate: being sick, sitting in the dentist’s chair and being misunderstood. And not in that order! Ha! I think I hate nothing worse than being misunderstood. Especially when my intentions were good, but my motives and my actions have been misread by someone else. Have you had that happen to you? I’m sure you have. We’ve all been misjudged at times.
What should we do when someone misreads our actions or misinterprets our words, causing them to treat us with suspicion or, worse yet, contempt? That’s a hard one. I want to fix the situation, explain my way out of it. But sometimes that just doesn’t help; it only makes matters worse. I’ve found that, while I may indeed need to graciously explain myself if given the opportunity, the more important thing for me to do is draw near to the One who knows my heart through and through. There in the light of His presence I may discover that I did indeed do or say something that would naturally cause suspicion. But I’ll also have the opportunity to dwell safely in the presence of One who loves me and gives me the grace I so desire.
After this the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. And David said, “I will deal loyally with Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father dealt loyally with me.” So David sent by his servants to console him concerning his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the Ammonites. But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Has not David sent his servants to you to search the city and to spy it out and to overthrow it?” So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. ~ 2 Samuel 10:1-4