Timeless or Trashy? Animal Print Fashion

August 14, 2014

By Tab Byrum

 Today we continue to look at animal print,  yesterday it was how it’s used in the homes we live in, today it’s how it’s used in the clothes we wear.  

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Decades ago it became quite chic to wear coats, hats and other articles of clothing made from real animal skins.  It wasn’t uncommon to see a starlet or celebrity of the day in a leopard or cheetah skin coat and hat.  (above via)

Eventually, that trend let to fabric designers and makers creating fabrics made to look like animal skins.  Now you could get a blouse, trousers or any article of clothing made to look like animal skin.

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Bette Davis in a Leopard skin coat. (via)

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Elizabeth Taylor in an animal print swimsuit from Last Time I Saw Paris (via)

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Grace Kelly in a Leopard coat (via)

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First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy donning Leopard for an appearance (via)

Today that trend is still hot, with outfits, evening gowns, coats, shoes, and accessories appearing on the fashion runways of New York, Paris, London, and Milan.

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Naeem Khan Fall/Winter 2014, Nordstrom.com

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Antonio Beradi, Glamour

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Badgley Mischka Fall 2014, IBTimes.com

Of course, you don’t have to be a runway model to wear animal print, it’s available for us mere mortals as well.

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JCrew leopard pants

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Christian Louboutin pumps, The Best Fashion Blog

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Cheetah top from Chicos

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Nike women’s running shoe

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Maybe just a touch of animal with a scarf or accessory, madame noir

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Spain’s new Monarch, Queen Letizia, hola.com

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Julia Roberts wowed the crowd in this sequin number, courtesy Express

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Reese Witherspoon in a leopard dress and black blazer, courtesy Popsugar

Of course, I couldn’t leave the guys out, loving this beautiful men’s leopard driver (below) from Car Shoe, courtesy Simply Dapper

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So????  Yes on the animal in your closet or NO!!!!! not your thing.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

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