Budget Stylista: Animal Print Galore

Leopard print made its come back last fall and by the looks of things, it’s not going anywhere. Leopard printed heels, flats, scarves, tops, dresses, pants (Peg Bundy was SO ahead of her time!) are popping up just about everywhere. In your typical shades, in pops of colors, mixed in with other patterns, leopard prints are just an animal you can’t avoid. Pun intended.

The key when shopping for animal prints with your Budget Stylista mindset is avoiding a cheap looking leopard print, which can be hard, lots of them exist. Sometimes it’s hard to determine what is chic and what is downright cheap (and tacky) looking. As a general rule of thumb, I tend to stray away from black and white leopard print (it just doesn’t look right to me) and smaller condensed animal spots.

Not sure about what to wear leopard print with? You don’t need to stick to a white or black base. Leopard print is the new neutral: It goes with nothing, yet everything all at the same time. In fact, I think this print is most fresh when paired with a bright color. Throw a leopard print top on with black jeans and a hot pink bag. Or tie a leopard print belt or scarf over a red dress. Pair the adorable leopard skirt below with a bright pair of blue pumps! Leopard should be fun and playful.

I LOVE the leopard print Keds with jean shorts and a vintage rocker T. The only rule is to stick to ONE animal printed item per ensemble. So don’t go mixing and matching these prints like it’s a denim on denim ensemble (which I don’t care how “in style” it is, I still think of it as what I wore in 5th grade/Canadian tuxedo).

Here are some of my favorite leopard print pieces that look more costly/couture than their Budget Stylista price tag:

Roar.


Top Row: Lace Tank $14.80- Forever 21, Pump $72.90- Nordstrom, Tote $19.99- Urban Outfitters, Neon top $42- Top Shop, Dress $22.80-Forever 21,
Bottom Row: Scarf $24.43- Express, Sunglasses $32- Top Shop, Keds $40- Keds.com, Skirt $59- Lulus.com, Belt $19.90- Delias.

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