Sunday, August 18, 2013

Animal Instinct



Up until maybe my 25th birthday, I always had such a disdain for animal prints. And that went for all animal prints. I did not discriminate. It was hatred for all animal prints. Well something happened on (or around) my 25th birthday. We'll call it a birthday miracle, shall we? 

Around the exact time I started listening to rap/hip hop, and R & B, I started noticing a few items here and there that I secretly loved. My guilty pleasures. My leopard spotted guilty pleasures. 

Let's roll back the figurative clock here and try to figure out my adolescent hatred for spots and stripes. Ok, growing up, I think I always associated animal prints with 90's movie strippers. What? We're being honest here. But really, I did. Until almost a year ago. I just always pictured fuzzy steering wheel covers in some 16 year old girl's Ford Escort or strippers wearing leopard print super short body con dresses with clear platform heels. 


(About to gas up my super cool, invisible car.) 

Well, fast forward to adulthood and now my perspective has changed. It may be due to all the super chic bloggers I have seen donning leopard prints in all sorts of fun, unique ways. It may be all the new merchandise that a stripper would never be caught wearing or owning. It may have been the tres chic cheetah print shorts I got from J Crew (J Crew can do no wrong. They also have a leopard iPhone case I'm about to order in the middle of typing this post.) Maybe something changed the day I laid eyes on my Franco Sarto leopard print wedges. 
Now, I'm wearing these leopard flats from Forever 21 pretty much every day. 

I love to work them in with chambray and jeans, or to add a little something to an all black outfit. Now, in my adulthood, I'm seeing animal prints (leopard and cheetah, I'm still completely anti zebra) as a chic, fun addition to an outfit, rather than a tacky train wreck stripper costume.  
Shirt: Madewell
Jeans: J Crew 
Shoes: Forever 21 
Necklace: Jewel Mint


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What do you guys think? Am I being too dramatic? How do you feel about animal prints? Is anyone a stripper who wants to call me out for being offensive? (Cause I have nothing against strippers, in fact, I probably think more highly of strippers than I do zebra print.) 

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31 comments:

  1. This is one of my go-to outfits in the fall! I love my red pants + chambray + (one of my many pairs of) leopard flats. I think animal print can be incredibly classy and chic if done right. I love your little pop of animal print here! You are def not being dramatic—I enjoyed your honesty and humor ;)

    xo honestly, b.

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    1. Well thank you! I don't know what happened, but lately I'm leopard print crazy! Shoes, clutches, phone cases, belts, etc! I love how versatile it is :)

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  2. I don't think words can describe how amazingly awesome your outfit is. And the leopard print flats just make it. As Stacey and Clinton say, leopard print is a neutral, so it goes with everything!!

    Cait
    The Petite Chronicles

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    1. Aww, thanks, Cait! And yes, it really does. I wear these flats with everything!

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  3. ugh you're style is so freaking cute. i'm jealous! definitely a fashion inspiration!

    -thinksandra

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    1. You're so sweet! Thank you so much! :D

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  4. The outfit is really cute. I love that you put animal prints with those red jeans. Hope you have a wonderful day.


    Heidi’s Wanderings

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    1. I love red with leopard print for some reason! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  5. Not dramatic at all! I totally see your POV... as long as you don't go throwing on that leopard print body con dress or adding a fuzzy steering wheel cover then you are a-okay! Love how well leopard goes with red... such a perfect combo :)

    Stopping by via Peacoats and Plaid's link up!

    Kamola
    99 Boxes of Shoes on the Wall

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  6. Love the train track photo. I am not bold enough to wear animal print but you pull it off well! I might need to give it a shot!

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  7. I like ACCENTS of animal prints, like your adorable flats. Plus, paired with the red jeans, the outfit is perfection. Love it! Stopping by from the GFC Collective, and I'd love for you to drop by and visit mine if you get the chance. Have a fabulous week!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.stephanieziajka.blogspot.com

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  8. I dont mind subtle animal prints. I wore full on animal print tops in middle school/high school and now I truly realize , what was I thinking!!
    Love your subtle outfit and bag!

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  9. Haha I totally felt the same way about animal print!! I still only like it in subtle amounts (like these flats, or a skinny belt) but yes, it can be done classy :) I love it combined with the chambray and red and that gorgeous necklace!
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, P.S. don't know why I wasn't before but I'm totally following you now! :)

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  10. love your style girl !
    btw awesome post hope you can check out my blog and tell me what you think

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  11. you look stunning honey! love all the color going on! i mean black and white is a cool trend but colors always make our day:) and love the leopard flats you added!
    lots and lots of love from switzerland, you have an awesome blog here:)
    Rachel&Nina from
    http://fromarmanitozurich.blogspot.ch
    xxx

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  12. lovely photos! cute outfit! you have a nice blog. Let me know if you want to follow each other. Have a sweet day!

    noradulce.blogspot.com

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  13. Looove the red jeans with the leopard flats! You've got an amazing style. So glad to have found you through the linkup :)

    Would you like to follow each other via GFC? I'd love to hear from you, be sure to comment when you visit: www.fashchronicles.blogspot.com

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  14. I love the leopard print shoes!!

    Now following you on GFC & Bloglovin :)

    www.studdedkisses.co.uk

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  15. I'm glad you recovered from your aversion to animal prints! The shoes are perfect with your red jeans and chambray!
    Debbie :)
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  16. cute outfit.vibrant colour of the trousers is so cool
    would love if you would check out my blog
    http://mimithecloakroom.wordpress.com/

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  17. Love the red, chambray and leopard...so cute! And your hair...looks fabulous :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  18. cute pictures love

    hope u can drop by
    http://iheartfashion-styleaddict.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. Love these shoes on you! I always love a pop of red!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xo,
    Jacqueline

    stylininstlouis.com

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