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Fashion Challenge: Wear Animal Print


Leopard print Christian Louboutin heel
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Okay, I’ll admit it — I’m the kind of girl that would wear head-to-toe leopard if it were socially acceptable. I know some people think it’s kinda tacky, and I also know it’s not the hottest trend right now, but I just can’t get enough of animal print. It recently occurred to me, though, that the streets have been devoid of my favorite patterns for a few months — I guess animal prints aren’t as popular in the spring and summer as they are in more chilly weather. Thus, this week’s challenge was conceived — rock animal print, right now, in the summer.

Ready to take on the challenge, but don’t know where to begin? Read on for a few hints on how to get started!

Tips and Tricks for Wearing Animal Print in Summer

  • Look for light fabrics. Cotton, linen, or any summery fabric will counteract the heaviness presented by the animal print.
  • Create an appropriate backdrop. Wearing summer-appropriate items like shorts, a lightweight skirt, espadrilles, a floppy sun hat, or a sheer top will help balance out animal print items as well.
  • Stick to a few colors. Wearing too many colors and patterns with animal print can create an overly busy look. Keep it simple elsewhere, and let the animal print be the focal point of your outfit.
  • Try an animal print swimsuit. The beach is the perfect place to rock a crazy print.
  • Accessorize. As always, a great way to try a new look is to experiment with accessories. Try animal print bags, belts, shoes, or hair pieces.
  • Be confident. With any fashion risk, it is important to feel good about the way you look and let your confidence shine through!

Outfit Inspiration

Animal print outfit: leopard skirt and graphic tank
Skirt, Tank, Earrings, Bandeau, Bracelet, Wedges

For a funky summer look, pair a leopard skirt with a black graphic tank. I love pairing loose tanks with bandeau bras, but you could also wear another tank underneath instead. Finish the look with a black pair of wedges, some stud earrings, and a cute bracelet.

Animal print outfit: Patterned shoes and solid colored dress
Dress, Shoes, Earrings, Clutch

For just a pop of animal print, try pairing patterned shoes with a solid-colored dress! Finish the look with simple earrings and a clutch.

Animal print outfit: leopard swimsuit
Swim Top, Swim Bottoms, Kaftan, Sun Hat, Heels

A leopard swimsuit will be chic and classy as long as you pair it with the right accessories! Try adding a black kaftan and a floppy sun hat for a cabana-perfect ensemble. Finish with a pair of sky-high heels if you want to be daring, or add gladiators for a more laid-back look.

Took the Challenge? Send Us Evidence!

Did you rock animal print this week? Take a few snapshots and send them to fashionchallenge AT along with your name, school, a description of what you’re wearing, the URL of your blog if you have one, and any styling tips you might like to share! We’ll feature your photos here to inspire other CF readers.

We can’t wait to see your glam looks!

What Do You Think?

How do you feel about animal print? Do you think it can work in the summer? What are your favorite things to pair it with? Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts!

Posted on on July 28, 2011 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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33 Responses to “Fashion Challenge: Wear Animal Print”

  1. 1
    July 28th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I lovee my cheetah print sperrys! I wear them all summer

  2. 2
    July 28th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I LOVELOVELOVE the first two outfits! I hate the last one. I mean, come on! Heels with a bikini? That’s, just, creepy and weird.

    Anyways, I really really want that leapord mini skirt in the first outfit! I would totally wear that. And to make it more winter appropiate, I could wear tights underneath. :)

  3. 3
    July 28th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    i just bought leopard print wedges yesterday!!

  4. 4
    July 28th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I don’t usually comment, but your first outfit is absolutely TO DIE FOR. I’m now looking for a leopard skirt in my size – faaaahbulous.

  5. 5
    July 28th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I’m totally rocking my black & white leopard maxi today! With my brown belt, denim jacket, turband and teal sandals :)

  6. 6
    July 28th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Those shoes are beautiful.. I love how edgy animal print can be :D

  7. 7
    July 28th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Just got a leopard scarf yesterday :D

  8. 8
    July 28th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Everyone has been commenting on the first outfit, which is nice, but I just want to say that I’m in LOVE with the second outfit. (AWESOME shoes!)

  9. 9
    July 28th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    oh wow! I love the zebra flats !

  10. 10
    July 28th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    like the shoes. :) It’s the first pic. :)

  11. 11
    July 28th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I just got some leopard-print heels! I can’t wait to wear them!

  12. 12
    July 28th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I love wearing leopard print in white and grey. The colors are way more subtle and make it fit into my style a lot better.

  13. 13
    July 28th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I prefer animal print in smaller items like flats, scarves and hair accessories. I think it makes for a more subtle look.

  14. 14
    July 28th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Although I’m no big fan of animal prints I gotta admit that the second outfit looks really cute!

  15. 15
    July 28th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I loooove love love animal print. Sure it can be tacky/a lot of people don’t wear it in the summer, but if you can do it right it looks amazing! I love the outfit with the leopard skirt – I have shoes & a tank similar to that already so I’ll have my eye out for one now!

  16. 16
    July 28th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Could you please write a post on how to wear glitter/sequins? I love glitter and have glitter flats and a sequined tote bag and I would love some suggestions for outfits!

  17. 17
    July 28th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I don’t like animal print… but the second outfit is adorable. I guess a little zebra in moderation isn’t so bad :)

  18. 18
    July 28th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I love animal prints! I’ve got a zebra print blanket that’s super soft and if I could without looking like Linus from Peanuts I would carry it around with me everywhere. I recently bought a leopard print skirt from Target that I absolutely love! And I love that it was only 12 bucks ;)

  19. 19
    July 28th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I love animal print! Especially leopard print flats for school :)

  20. 20
    July 28th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I limit my animal prints to accessories, too. With that said, the 2nd look is just lovely.

  21. 21
    July 28th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    i actually really like the last look. ive always liked the look of heels with a bikini and cover-up i just haven’t found a place its appropriate to wear except maybe a vacation resort.

  22. 22
    July 28th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I LOVE animal print. Specifically leopard/cheetah. I’ve loved it since I was 8. You might be able to say I’m obsessed with it. XD The thing I love about trends, is that when somethings in its EVERYWHERE. So when AP came back in, they were so many AP items/choices for me to choose from! haha I wear it nearly every season. I have an Ap bag, flats, tee, tanks, mini skirt, a maxi skirt (had it since I was 10 ;)), scarves, & even a jewelry organizer (which I also love btw) lol. Dont worry about if its in season or not. If you like it, make it season appropriate! Speaking of which I love the second outfit!!

  23. 23
    July 28th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I absolutely love the first outfit. I have seen a tutorial to make a bracelet similar to the red one on

  24. 24
    July 28th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    haha i’ve been obsessed w/ animal print or years. i was *that* middle schooler with the leopard flats and headband and ring (all at once). i still love it, but I have definitely toned it down by now :)

  25. 25
    July 28th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    uuuugggghhhhh. Jewlery! LOVE. <3

  26. 26
    July 29th, 2011 at 2:04 am

    I am so with you!!! Can’t get enough of leopard print everything!! Finally got a skirt like the one in the first outfit and I plan on wearing it with a similar outfit asap

  27. 27
    July 29th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Animal print on shoes is fashion gold! I love my zebra wedges so much!

  28. 28
    July 29th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of leopard prints, but I LOVE zebra prints. Those heels in outfit 2 made meh happeh :)

  29. 29
    July 31st, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I am all about leopard print!! Animal print manis are cute for the summer :)

  30. 30
    August 28th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I love the use of leopard. Personally I bought a leopard cardigan, because it tones down the sexy factor of leopard while still adding a bit of playfulness to the fall wardrobe.

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