Preface:

I realise showing one’s wardrobe malfunctions might be an unusual angle for a blog, but we all have them right? Just last week I bought a lovely pair of loafers, which were a little bit on the large side – but I went ahead and bought them. Just because they were bronze.

Now they sit looking forlorn, complete with insole, past their refund date and destined for a future on eBay.

There are clothes in my wardrobe which still have the tags on despite my recent clear out. I also have a rack full of seriously unflattering, but incredibly warm jackets, which I don’t seem able to part with.

One of those makes it into this hall of shame…

How not to wear animal print

The trend for animal print just refuses to go away. I own a pair of leopard print flats from the ’90s, which are still going strong (that’s Russell and Bromley for you – built to last).

I’m totally drawn in by the contrasting colours of leopard print. In a wardrobe which now mainly consists of autumnal block colours, a bit of an animal provides a little explosion of drama.

However it’s easy to over do. It’s a small leap from playful and interesting, to soap-opera barmaid.

Here are a few golden rules about wearing animal print when you get to a ‘certain age’:

1.One at a time

If you want to avoid looking like a safari collage, then you need to wear one animal print item at a time.

I find it particularly offensive when people try to pull off wearing conflicting animal print patterns. This is only acceptable if you’re wearing said outfit to bed. Or if you’re going to a fancy dress party dressed as roadkill.

2.More is more

Under no circumstances wear leopard print against a heaving cleavage. If you insist on covering your beasts, I mean breasts, with this trend, then let’s keep it classy. Unless you’re auditioning for a part in the next Tarzan film, choose a muted colour and a loose fitting, style that doesn’t completely liberate your boobs.

3.Less is more

Big bear like coats are so warm and cuddly, I really do understand the appeal of wrapping up in faux fur. As you can see in the photo below, I am not immune to the allure. But ladies, they are not flattering.  In an ideal world your animal prints will only be found in the accessories department. Think handbags, shoes, scarves, belts and gloves. I might allow a small slimming shrug or fitted jacket, but that’s all you’re allowed ok?

So in conclusion, do NOT do this:

How NOT to wear animal print, because there's a fine line between playful and interesting, and cheap looking soap-opera barmaid.

How to wear animal print in your 40s and beyond

Here are some accessories that will bring a dull outfit to life and lift your mood at the same time:

Try these casual, eyecatching high tops from Butterfly Twists. They’re incredibly comfortable, with a cushioned sole. I’m now dressing from the shoes up – I put these on first and find an outfit to match them.

How NOT to wear animal print, because there's a fine line between playful and interesting, and cheap looking soap-opera barmaid.

Or pair a good quality scarf with a block colour top. This one is made by Cashmink.

How NOT to wear animal print, because there's a fine line between playful and interesting, and cheap looking soap-opera barmaid.

Or these leg lengthening shoes from Kokos will look great with jeans or a skirt (last season):

How NOT to wear animal print, because there's a fine line between playful and interesting, and cheap looking soap-opera barmaid.

Are you on trend and rocking animal print this Autumn? Let me know in the comments below, I always reply.

Much love, Vx

[Disclosure: Thanks to Butterfly Twists for the amazing leopard print trainers]

 

How NOT to wear animal print, because there's a fine line between playful and interesting, and cheap looking soap-opera barmaid.
How NOT to wear animal print, because there's a fine line between playful and interesting, and cheap looking soap-opera barmaid.
How NOT to wear animal print, because there's a fine line between playful and interesting, and cheap looking soap-opera barmaid.