I am a fan of the animal print, from leopard, to snake (styled here) to tiger and zebra. When I first contemplated this idea of draping a few different animal prints on me, it felt slightly...risky. Anyone with some fashion sense and judgement might tell you that just one animal print can be quite a statement; to add a few different ones all at the same time, might be...ambitious...but, after seeing and loving the northern hemisphere spring trend of tone-on-tone, I thought I would be adventurous and take on this challenge, but will add my own twist to it. So I tried it with animal prints.
Tone-on-tone is one of the current hot spring trends in the Northern hemisphere. After the trend of colour blocking, the recent tone-on-tone trend has a slight bent to it. Instead of mixing pink and yellow or blue and green together, it encourages you to mix pieces from the same colour family, but do it with different (or very similar) shades. When worn together, this creates a subtle symphony. You can practice this on a conservative micro scale level by simply choosing to wear the same colour family toenail polish to your sandals. Or, you can take it up a notch and add in a similar hued skirt. Now, if you are really keen and want to go all the way, coordinate your top, belt, skirt, shoes and nail polish to all come from the same colour family, just with varying shades. I find the tone-on-tone look to be quite refreshing and appropriate for Spring.I extended this concept today on animal prints, and I love the result! I have always loved wild animal prints. It adds power and edginess to the entire look. When done right and with care, it's sleek and creates a level of sophistication that is difficult to replicate with other prints. With the variety of choices out there, it's really not a difficult task to find a couple of your favourite animal print pieces in the market. In general, and especially to those who are less comfortable with animal prints, I would normally recommend to keep everything simple, just one animal print statement piece is plenty and the rest of your outfit should be neutral with basic lines. To keep things tasteful, I would also caution people against mixing animal prints or even adding too many pieces of the same print together. It's important to choose carefully and play the print as a highlight.
But, this is one of the many great things about fashion. It gives you the inspiration and tempts you to challenge yourself creatively through experimentation, adding your own little touches or twists to make the "creation" however you want it and just the way you like it. Sometimes, after all that, you may just be pleasantly surprised and happy that it worked! Maybe some time soon, you will do something a little unexpected for fashion and let yourself be delighted with the result and your creativity! =)
Shoes: Tony Bianco
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