Animalize!

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Hello everyone! Sorry for the huge delay, but we’re here again!

Today, we are going to talk about the topic we have never even remotely touched so far – animal prints in clothing. Let’s start from the beginning. Typical animal prints in wide use today are: cheetah print, leopard print, zebra print, giraffe print, tiger print and so on. You can see the prints everywhere – on handbags, t-shirts, watches, lingerie, dresses, furniture, sheets… They have been in vogue from the early 20th century, but their use dates way baaack…

Enough with the basics – what’s our critical take on the animal print? Weeelll… Usually, we wouldn’t be caught dead in most animals prints. Yes, that’s a little harsh, since there are good “sides” to wearing animal prints. For instance, it’s a great way to “go back to nature” with clothes. As we all know,prehistoric men wore prints – Flintstones tought us that !

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The coolest leopard/zebra print ever? NOT!

However, clothes with animals prints, in more cases than not, are tacky, flashy and pretty much inelegant pieces, more connected to distaste than taste. Want some proof?

Evidence A:

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This makes the challenge of finding an appropriate animal prints and making it work all the more juicy and delicious.  So, whats the secret of making an animal print a decent piece of clothing? We’ll try to answer this one… With the help of a zebra print… Wait!
Why go just with zebra print if you can have a whole bunch of zebras on your outfit?!

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Is there a better place to wear a zebra inspired outfit than the beach (in February, during a very mild and sunny winter)? Well, maybe in a savanna, but in our conditions, the beach will do just fine 😉 !

And now, let’s take a closer look at the print!

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Who doesn’t love a heard of zebras? And on blue background (calming, no?) Winning combo for sure.

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Skirt by Choies

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What do you think, Africa or the Mediterranean? Don’t let the sea fool you 😛

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Hiding in the wilderness (next time, chameleon print 😛 )

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…and now it’s time for some accessories!

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Dragonfly necklace

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Desigual purse (is there any other purse, really 😛 ?)

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Sunglasses by H&M

As we already noted, animal prints seem to never go out of style. The jungle conquers the runways every year, and celebs accordingly follow suit. We bring to you some of the celebs who professed their love for the stripes… 

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Natalie Dormer

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Cilla Black in the 1960s

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Rihanna

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Elle McPherson with a zebra bag

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Emily Tremaine

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Mylene Klass

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Gwen Stefani

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Paloma Faith

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Tom Ford Fall 2013 dress

So, let’s recap – the three rules for making the zebra print work:

  1. Use a normal or moderate zebra print. Nothing too tacky. We are not interested in genetically modified/radioactive/too pink zebras and similar,
  2. Use only one animal print per outfit, unless you absolutely know what you are doing.
  3. The rest of your clothing shouldn’t be too extravagant. Simplicity is key.

*unless you are our fashion icon Nanny Fine – then you can wear just about anything 😀

That’s all for now!

Kisses!

Dina & Stela

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