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.
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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