Trend To Try Now: Animal Print

As seen on Small Town Roots & Cowboy Boots!

I’d like to thank Madeleine for having me guest post and for the opportunity to share with you some of my favorite tips for being adventurous with your wardrobe. Trends can be tricky but sometimes they’re exactly what you need to spice things up, upgrade your style and make a statement.

Keep reading for my suggestions on styling with the ever-classic, animal print!

Going wild for these smoking slippers? Me too.
Going wild for these smoking slippers? Me too. (Photo credit.)

I have a love-hate relationship with trends. They’re “in” almost as fast as they’re “out”.When it comes to S/S 2014, runways tell us we’re supposed to love crop tops, sheer and white wide-leg pants but if these aren’t pieces that typically have a comfortable spot in your wardrobe, taking a risk and trying them out can be a bit intimidating. However, when it comes to showing your wild side, there are a number of ways to wear the tried-and-true favorite, animal print.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Ways to wear it & love it.
Ways to wear it & love it.

Shop it here: 1. Scarf, $88 // 2. Blazer, $61.50 // 3. Blouse, $80 // 4. Clutch, $59 // 5. Duffel, $59.50 // 6. Sandals, $69.99 // 7. Sunglasses, $50 // 8. Skirt, $33.90 // 9. Pumps, $59.99

One of the easiest ways to wear this look is with a blouse like the one pictured above, with black, white or camel pants or a skirt. It’s a very simple look that wears very well from 9-5 and from 5-night. You can dress it up or dress it down and it is very easy to accessorize. Lastly, animal print patterns are timeless and carry themselves across seasons and all types of weather. In short, animal print is one of the best investments you can make make for your closet. Below I’ve included three ways to wear this trend:

This look is for the cautious type: A little bit of pattern among muted tones.
This look is for the cautious type: A little bit of pattern among muted tones.
Try this look if you're a little more adventurous and don't mind people noticing how chic you are.
Try this look if you’re a little more adventurous and don’t mind people noticing how chic you are.
Printed bottoms are not for everyone…but they are for fashionistas!
Printed bottoms are not for everyone…but they are for fashionistas!

Nina Garcia, fellow Boston-area fashionista and Project Runway judge says, “The truly fashionable are always daring and never dull.” Animal print is the perfect way to take a chance sartorially while keeping your style intact. There are so many ways to try this trend, from scarves to blazers, as long as you adhere to only wearing one piece at a time, keep the rest of your outfit simple and remember that a good animal print has muted colors.

What do you think? Would you try animal print? Which is your favorite piece from the set above? I’d love to hear from you! Please subscribe to A City Girl’s Guide To Life, “like” my page on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

xo, Vanessa

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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

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