Choosing to exclude animal prints was never really a conscious choice, they've just never appealed to me. They always seem a little tacky, regardless of how well done they are. I think my main beef is when a pattern like leopard print, that in it's natural state is on the fur of a majestic, powerfully muscled creature, is rendered effeminate and plastered on patent leather shoes and the aforementioned chiffon scarf. When we have so many lovely patterns to choose from [paisley anyone?] it seems a little odd to me to put a fur pattern on a non-fur item.
Almost ironically I love fur, both faux and real - provided I know the real fur is ethically obtained. Or perhaps not so ironic - when you can have the real [or faux, but good faux, realistic stuff] why would you want anything else? One of my favourite accessories at the moment are my Peacockalorum fawn fur collars ^__^
So what kind of patterns does a gal with no taste for animal prints go for? For me in clothing items, I depend on stripes, plaids and prints for patterns.