Friday, September 3, 2010

Wild at heart

Whether you fancy yourself exotic or think they look luxe, animal prints are back (again).  But they are neither subtle nor subdued, and they often send a clear message about the wearer (watch out for this wild one).  How can this trend translate for the office?

It's not as difficult as you may think.  Tone on tone prints, lovely croc-embossed leather, and animal-print-inspired shapes can make the transition into the workplace easily.  Here are my picks.

Clockwise from left: Charter Club, Apt. 9 from Kohl's, Target, Macy's, i.e., Merona

Have you rocked the animal print trend this season? How do you bring it into the office?

11 comments:

  1. Ohhh, such a great post! I really want that scarf!

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  2. I'm dying for a pair of leopard print tights.

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  3. i bought a pair of dr. schol's zebra print flats. they're really not comfy, but they're so cute...sigh.

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  4. p.s. that ring is so interesting! i've never seen that before!

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  5. I haven't worn this trend yet, but If I was in an office environment I would rock this trend with my shoes. Maybe, a belt or scarf.
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  6. Ooooh I love animal print! and am so glad that you brought it up. I recently purchased a leopard belt that would go with my favorite black shirt dress. Actually I also have an animal print flats, a scarf and a cardigan. Pretty much hard core fan. hehe

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  7. i can get behind the zebra print because it's like stripes, only wavy! and i've been looking for a zebra print belt but can't seem to find one... :( either way, if you're not super into prints or patters, a small accessory in that trend can be a good way to ease into it.

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  8. Gorgeous choices - I'm not a big fan of animal print, but I love all the pics - they look really luxurious. Thanks for turning me on to this trend! x

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  9. I don't own any animal print clothes--that's too much for my sense of style at the moment.

    But in accessories, I do have a few animal print items and feel that they're the best bank for your back. I have a pair of zebra flats that I've gotten a lot of use out of (and compliments at the workplace). I bought a pair of leopard print peep toes a few months ago that I have yet to wear, but I feel that they're appropriate for both the office and casual wear. I also have leopard print gloves that I love wearing in the winter time to give my usually all neutral or dark-colored outfits a bit of pop. I also got a giraffe print tote for free not too long ago but haven't carried it yet; it's rather small considering the amount of stuff that's usually in my purse.

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  10. I agree with everyone's comments that accessories are usually a good way to introduce animal prints in the office. For an entire clothing item, that would feel too loud for my tastes. I have a leapord print belt that could possibly work one day, or I'd go with a scarf. Very good topic choice, though. I have several friends who believe that animal print is always a no-no, no matter the context.

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  11. Thanks for sounding off ladies! I think the only animal print anything I have is a small giraffe print cosmetic bag that I rarely use (although I do love it). I think I need to get some more accessories!

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