Sunday, 9 June 2013

Things I Don't Have In my Wardrobe #2: Animal Prints

According to InStyle, the second of ten items every woman should have in her wardrobe is a leopard print scarf. No kidding. Let's get past the fact of what the hell is an animal print doing on a chiffon scarf and get on with the shameful revelation that I have not a single piece of animal print in my wardrobe. Nary a shoe nor a handbag. Nothing.

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.


And as for shoes, I generally prefer details over patterning of any kind. Except for my comic book heels and my pink plaid wedges. They are my babies, and I love them.

6 comments:

  1. I've only recently gotten into the animal print fad and I'm still cautious over it. Personally, I like polka dots and barque much better than cheetah. Those comic heels are amazing too!

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    1. Polka dots are just awesome! Haha and thank you, they're my favourite shoes even though I hardly ever wear them.

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  2. Oh man, I have SO many leopard print items. I love it. Though I totally agree, it can look really tacky and Jersey-Shore if you're not careful. I try to style it in more of a Bettie Paige, retro-vixen way.

    Lexi
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    1. Bettie Page style would look amazing, I guess I'm so used to seeing animal prints thrown around haphazardly that I forget they can be styled so well ^__^

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  3. Hi, just saw the label "I don't have that in my wardrobe" and went on a time travelling expedition. I have a massive 3 leopard print scarves: one in grey, one in ochre and one in beige. The grey and ochre ones are pretty wintery but the beige one is kind of light and okay for early autumn and late winter looks.

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    1. Haha wow... yeah this post is old! Those scarves sound nice :)

      Oddly, or perhaps not oddly, I still don't have any animal patterned anything except for my fawn fur collection. Though if I found the right thing I'd totally go for something pinup styled these days.

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