I’ve never really been one for animal prints. With my
obsessive picky particular tendencies for color, matching and prints, I never found an animal print piece of clothing that appealed to me.
The colors were off. The print was odd (or tiled badly). This is stuff that 99% of people probably don’t give a crap about but it annoyed me. These requirements made animal print one of the few things I was weary about purchasing online, so I avoided it completely.
It wasn’t like my wardrobe was lacking as a result.
T-shirt: Merona, size 3.
Cardigan – Old Navy, XXL, no longer available.
Skirt – Avenue, 30/32, here.
Leggings, belt – Torrid
Boots – “Devy” via Roamans, similar here.
Necklace – F21
Lipstick – MAC in Girl About Town
Then Kath (who rocks leopard print, fyi) told me about this supereduperamazingomgiwantedit leopard print cardigan from Autograph that was a silk/cotton blend, with beautiful jet black buttons in the perfect colors, print and style. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford it and they disappeared by the time that I could.
Not the end of the world, right?
Fast forward a few months, and I saw a leopard print sweater in the Old Navy plus section. It was a zippered knit sweater, but the print and color were pretty spot on for my aesthetics. I jumped over to straight sizes and found this baby and her sister (in grey), for almost $20 less!
I ended up buying both and spending less than I would have buying the plus size sweater. Take that Old Navy! Then again, they still have my money.
The point? After this “epic” search, these cardigans have still been hanging in my closet for months. I’ve picked them up or tried them on with an outfit but things never looked right. Today it didn’t look right in the mirror but I decided the hell with it. Why not? And I was pleasantly surprised.
It doesn’t hurt that random strangers in the grocery store told me that my outfit was cute.
The lesson? Fashion and personal style are all about trial and error. Some things work, others don’t but you never know until you try (and try again)! You might be surprised.
I’ve more or less gotten over taking pictures of myself in public with a tripod and remote. I get that it is probably funny looking, especially since I have “looks” and “poses” even when I try to avoid them. Not one but two cars actually pulled over to sit and watch what I was doing. Really? Don’t you have something better to do?
What are your feelings on animal print? Love it or leave it? Is there a type of clothing, print, color or something else that you’ve sworn not to wear but ended up trying and liking?