For years I have been staunchly anti-animal print, but lately I've begun to have a change of heart. Don't get me wrong, it can easily be gaudy and overdone (case in point), but I think a small amount can add a great pop of pattern to an outfit.
Here are my tips for keeping animal print out of Snooki territory:
1. Limit animal print to a small part of your outfit, such as a shoes or a clutch. I particularly like pieces that are only partially printed:
2. Stick to prints that don't scream "I might be wearing fur!". A good Dalmatian print often reads as more of a polka dot than an animal hide:
3. Only choose prints in natural colors (is there anything more tacky than blue leopard?). Accessories will be more wearable if they can function as a neutral:
3. For an even more subtle version, look for new takes on animal prints, like these leopard and cheetah prints featuring the actual animals:
What's your take on animal prints? Have I lost my mind?
[top photo via Carolines Mode]