Animal prints continue to be popular so I thought I would share an article I read by fashion editor Teri Agin.
“In recent years stores have been replete with animal prints: blouses, shoes, and handbags. These timeless, abstract prints – such as leopard, tiger and snakeskin patterns – are neutral and versatile enough to be combined with black, brown, red and even purple.
I happen to love animal prints because the designs look lush and urbane – absolutely perfect for women of all ages. Even the cheapest T-shirt top or scarf in a leopard print packs a punch and imparts a bold accent.
But take care when donning these jungle patterns. Go easy, with simpler jewelry. In clothes, stick with smaller patterns that won’t make you look thick.
Every gal should have a pair of animal-print pumps and a handbag – just don’t wear them together. Handbagheaven.com is one retailer that offers many affordable animal-print bags, which are much fresher than standard black or brown purses.
Animal prints are one of those novelties that women are enthusiastic about, and they always sell out quickly every season,” says Edward Wilkerson, designer for women’s label Lafayette 148. To keep the “call of the wild” look fresh, a “zebra” pony-skin jacket and a leopard-printed silk blouse can be worn with a pencil skirt. “We keep them looking new with colors, like a tiger print against a fuchsia background or leopard with cobalt blue,” Wilkinson says.”
Beryl’s comments: I thought you would enjoy this article, as we have not discussed animal-prints for spring. I don’t think animal prints are for everyone. Having just an accent, perhaps a scarf, shoes or bag could work for most people. When you move to a blouse or jacket, watch the scale of the print and color contrast. A zebra print will only work if the wearer has strong coloring and a strong presence. Animal prints are quite forceful and can easily overpower a small person or someone with a quiet, reserved personality. Use the “blink” test when choosing whether this is a look for you. Standing in front of the mirror, close your eyes for a few moments then open them quickly and observe what you see first. If you see you first then recognize that you are wearing an animal print, it probably will work. If you see the print first, it is too strong.
In a business setting, choosing just an accent piece can give the punch you are looking for without taking over the entire look. A handbag, scarf or shoes can serve as just the right accent .
Have you ever been chatting with a group of people and every time one person attempted to add to the conversation, she (and it is almost always a “she”) was ignored? I have seen this and it is usually because the ignored person is almost invisible.
Years ago, after having gone through the then popular training in the four seasons color analysis, I had a client who was a perfect example of being invisible. Her graying brown hair matched the beige frames of her glasses and her barely discernible makeup helped her become nearly invisible. Although she was impeccably groomed, her beige business suit with a cream colored blouse turned her into oatmeal! Had she stood next to a beige wall, it would have been hard to see her.
The lovely medium soft blues, pinks and lilacs of the cool summer color palette brought her delicate coloring alive without being so bright that it overpowered her. Carrying these medium shades of her palette through in her makeup transformed her by showing off the natural beauty she was.
Of course, the color system I now use is significantly more complex offering a much greater range of colors for each client and even taking into consideration their personality. The four seasons served as a wonderful introduction to women everywhere about the importance colors play in helping them look their authentic best.
I am always saddened when women allow themselves to be “invisible”. They may be the most intelligent and talented person in the office but are not
the one who get the promotion because they do not “show up”. I recently worked with a client who was convinced that his expertise in his profession was what was important and his appearance did not play an important role. After we worked together, he changed to a more professional appearance and within weeks had, not only got an offer for a new job, but his present employer gave him a significant raise.
Is it time for you to upgrade your image to match your competence? Let’s talk! Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com 404-428-2527