While not to everyone’s delight, animal print made itself at home on the runways this year. The Fall 2010 Blumarine show received mixed reviews because of its apparent pattern overdosage, which was caused by a ton of zebra, python, and cheetah prints. On the other hand, Oscar de la Renta charmed us with his subtle safari adornments, including an elegant leopard ascot and a zebra skirt peeking out from a classic coat. His collection reminds us that when used in moderation, any trendy indulgence can be worn.
Below are three chic examples of the cheetah or leopard print trend, done right.
1. A military coat and some simple accessories allow these wild wedges to be the focus of the outfit.
JEFFREY CAMPBELL LEOPARD WEDGES, $154 at Revolve Clothing
ROPE HEADBAND, $20 at Free People
MILITARY COAT, $199 at Neiman Marcus
GOLD CUFF BRACELET, $30 at Couture Candy
BLACK TIGHTS, $35 at Shopbop
2. Blend in to your concrete jungle with a natural-looking leopard print coat.
FAUX LEOPARD COAT, $67.64 at Asos
MEN’S PINSTRIPE DRESS SHIRT, $60 at Yesstyle
K BY KARL LAGERFELD SKINNIES, $104.50 at The Outnet
BLACK KNIT BERET, $5.50 at Forever 21
BUCKLE BOOTS, $68 at Asos
3. Giovanna Battaglia has no fear when it comes to fashion, and she sports these cheetah leggings with grace.
SASS & BIDE CHEETAH PRINT LEGGINGS, $200 at Net-a-Porter
CAMEL TRENCH, $138 at Nordstrom
DOONEY & BOURKE SATCHEL, $165 at Nordstrom
BLACK STRAPPY SANDALS, $60 at Bebe