Monday, August 15, 2011

One Print, Four Ways

To continue the theme started in the "One Dress, Four Ways" post, I taken one of fall's most popular prints-- leopard-- and created four distinct looks.  Actually, there are four styles and eight individual looks!  I love me some leopard print and there are many ways you can dress around it.  If you find the print to be intimidating, try it in small doses such has a belt or handbag.  There are several intensities shown here and the looks can easily be translated into winter or spring looks.  J. Crew is offering a lot of goods in a really nice leopard print this fall, so I'm using their pieces as the jumping off point. 

Bright Colors:
Another one of fall's biggest trends is the use of saturated colors.  Designers showed bright colors paired together on the fall runways and in their recently released resort collections.  I think it is easiest and looks the best if the colors are in the same color family (red-orange-yellow, blue-green-purple), and then small amounts of other colors are used in the accessories.  Add a leopard print to the mix and you'll really get a show-stopping look.  These outfits are not for wallflowers!
Outfit 1:

From left to right: Anthropologie Tassau Earrings in Chartreuse, Nine West Devika Pumps in Purple SuedeJ. Crew Leopard Tippi Sweater, and Anthropologie Crimped Crimson Midi

Outfit 2:
From left to right: J. Crew Silk Leopard Print Scarf, Pour La Victoire Irina Heels in Yellow Patent, J. Crew Tippi Sweater in Heather Viridian Green, and J Brand 29" Skinny Jeans in Blue

The gamine look was popularized by 60s starlets like Audrey Hepburn and Mia Farrow, and continues to be popular today.  Demure basics can be taken up a notch with seemingly simple leopard print pieces like a handbag or pair of ballet flats.  If you are nervous about wearing leopard, start here and build up.
Outfit 1:

From left to right: Etienne Aigner Chastity Boots in Black/Banana Bread, Anthropologie Auspicious Posts in Gold, J. Crew Edie Purse in Italian Calf Hair, and Anthropologie Horkelia Shift in Ivory

Outfit 2:
From left to right: Anthropologie Tied & Tabbed Blouse, J. Crew Bi-Stretch Wool Minnie Pants in Black, American Apparel Small Leather Carry-All Pouch in Black, J. Crew Classic Pavé Link Bracelet, and J. Crew Nora Calf Hair Ballet Flats in Pecan

Similar to the gamine look is the minimal style.  Basic and architectural, the minimal outfits are great for beginner leopard wearers.  These looks have more edgy-ness to them than the previous, and they would look great with sleek hair and red lips.
Outfit 1:

From left to right: American Apparel Small Leather Carry-All Pouch in Tan, Anthropologie Overlapping Glow Ring, Anthropologie Layered Column Dress, and J. Crew Pia Calf Hair Pumps

Outfit 2:
From left to right: J. Crew Marlow Tote in Italian Calf Hair, Anthropologie Wrapped Cocoa Heels, J. Crew High Waisted Skinny Jeans in Pitch Black, and Anthropologie Neale Top

Pattern Mix:
Another big fall trend is mixing patterns and leopard print is a great option since it is has neutral colors.  When pattern mixing, try to use similar colors and hues but mix up the scale and color value.  Both of these looks are pretty bold, but you can do smaller scale pattern mixing with your accessories.
Outfit 1:
From left to right: Anthropologie Squared Tote, Anthropologie Lotus Unfolding Heels, J. Crew Perfect Shirt in Leopard, Anthropologie Tie-Around Bracelet, and Anthropologie Acropora Pencil Skirt

Outfit 2:
From left to right: Anthropologie Gadabout Wallet, Kimichi Blue Linen Pumps in Orange, J. Crew Leopard Calf Hair Jacket, and Anthropologie Splashed Palette Dress

Coming up soon will be a post on one of my new favorite lines, The Row, and a post on fall trends.  Until then, try out some leopard print and enjoy the end of summer!

Coco Birdie

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