The Trend: Animal Print Clothes & Accessories

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Animal prints can be pretty polarizing; most people either hate them or love them.  Some women can work them so well you don’t even question it.  There is a fine line that is walked when wearing animal prints though.  Too tight and you risk entering Snooky or The Nanny territory.  Too loose and flowing, and you just might be mistaken for a Golden Girl.  But, there are options if you like animal or safari prints or accessories but don’t want to risk extremes…


Julie Vos Gold Elephant or Gold Lion Bangle – $85
Julie Vos Gold Elephant & Lion Bangle

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Sold by Max&Chloe, these bangles by Julie Vos are an easy and elegant way to incorporate some wild into your style. The clean yet kitschy look allow these bangles to work dressed up or down.  You can layer these bangles with a chain bracelet for a quieter look, or go all out with some enameled aztec bangles for a jungle look!


VS Animal Print Cap-sleeve Dress – $67.99 ($98)
VS Animal Print Cap-sleeve Dress

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How about this stylish dress from Vicky’s?  The interweaving animal print is arrange in a very complimentary pattern, providing a nice variance from the norm.  Plus, this dress is on clearance and marked down by more than 30% (price shown).  Shipping works on a tiered scale at Victoria’s Secret, and this dress will run you $10.99 shipping.  That unfortunately puts a dent in the savings, but if you’re on the hunt for an understated animal print dress, it might be worth the price.  Plenty of sizes left.


Calvin Klein Slim Printed Python Pants – $55.65 ($79.50)
CKlein Slim Printed Python Pants

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On sale right now at Bloomingdale’s, it’s hard to even tell that these CK pants have a python print (yes, these are technically snake print, but snakes are animals too).  An upclose shows the very small snake print, but from afar these look like they could be tweed.  If you’re looking for an animal print that doesn’t scream animal print, here you go.  These are also offered at Dillard’s, but they look longer on the Dillard’s model.  The inseam listed at Dillard’s is 29″, which is a petite inseam, so my feeling is the model for the Bloomingdale’s picture just has longer legs.  On sale at Bloomingdale’s through 1/15/13.


LOFT Petite Animal Print Sequin Overlay Tee – $22.44 ($44.88)
LOFT Petite Animal Print Cotton Sequin Overlay Tee

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If you’re a petite, you can get this shirt from LOFT for a steal.  Well, actually, the better steal is if you’re a regular but wear XXS, XS, or XL, then this shirt drops to $17.44.  The problem with this shirt is that the sequins can get very scratchy against your arms, so it’s recommended that you wear a cardigan with it.  If you’re willing to use it as a shell to go underneath a cardi or blazer, this animal print tee will add both sass and bling to an outfit.


Cooperative Confetti Animal Tote Bag – $29.99 ($42)
Cooperative Confetti Animal Tote Bag

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Here we have a literal animal print on this tote from Urban Outfitters.  This tote measures in at 13.25″ high and 15″ long, perfect for hauling a small laptop, or lots of stuff.  Also available in a bird and a leopard (the actual animals) print.  UO ships free at $50, and returns are free.


Oh! Shoes Alana – $59.99 ($200)
Oh! Shoes Alana

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Shoes are probably going to be the easiest way to incorporate animal (or snake) print into an outfit.  These darling python print heels are sold through  Unfortunately, that means sizes are limited, but they are offered in the natural color shown, black, and hot pink.  Animal print shoes are very popular right now, so it should be no problem finding a suitable pair if you want one!


Taryn Rose Leopard-Print Stretch Envelope Wedge – $107 ($239)
Taryn Rose Leopard Print Stretch Envelope Wedge

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This envelope wedge would work great with slacks or black tights and a skirt.  You could even wear them with black shorts, and they’d look good with some straight fit or skinny dark was jeans.  Sizes are once again limited, but that’s quite the markdown!  Fabric with leather accents and a rubber sole.  Sold by Neiman Marcus, and through 1/31/13 code SHOPNM at checkout will get you free shipping.


Ralph Lauren Lightweight Zebra Print Scarf – $27.99 ($68)
RL Lightweight Zebra Print Scarf

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A quick way to add safari style to a dress, button down shirt, or even t-shirt and jeans.  Layer over a dainty gold chain and pendant for a refined look.  Scarf is 100% modal, perfect for warmer weather.  No word on when the Ralph Lauren Winter Sale, which is why this scarf is marked down so low, will end.

You are woman, now go out and roar.


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