How I Wear My: Animal Print

How I Wear My: Animal Print
Welcome to the 24th “How I Wear My”!
Jill of Everything Just So and I are so excited to feature animal prints this month! They are everywhere for fall. And it’s one trend that we couldn’t resist covering for October’s HIWM.

But does it really qualify as a trend? We see it more as perennially popular but especially big right now.

Jill starts us off in a J. Crew leopard cardigan in non-traditional colors with always chic white jeans. This is a great transitional summer-to-fall look for right now.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life shows how to wear animal print to a professional setting. She added a stylish gray and black leopard print blouse to a neutral office look to spice up her outfit but still keep it work appropriate.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files winterized a leopard sheath dress by Ralph Lauren by adding a rust colored turtleneck, tall boots and a beret. Rust with leopard, what a great color combination. And the blue clutch adds just the right amount of color.

Teresa, wife of Denton Taylor, New York City photographer, is looking so glamorous in Vintage Armani leather pants, Gucci python shoes, Prada sunglasses, a vintage Asprey croc handbag, and a fur coat from Argentina.

Heather of Vintage French Chic carries an animal print handbag she bought as a splurge purchase for fall. Normally Heather gravitates toward vintage bags but she stepped out of her comfort zone and bought this Coach Madison Small Madeline handbag in the “ocelot” print.

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep is draped in leopard with a cozy shawl for fall. Another great transitional outfit using layers to move into fall’s cooler weather.

Heather of StyleMindChic says that animal print is always ‘in’ for her. She likes touches of it in both fashion and clothing.

This animal print skirt is a go-to for her for several seasons. Here, she wore it with a silk blouse and See by Chloe clutch that she purchased in Paris and new Nine West booties for fall.

Bella of The Citizen Rosebud knocks it out of the animal print park in this fantastic look. Many people are afraid of mixing animal prints with animal prints but Bella proves that not only is it doable but it’s fabulous, too!

Vannessa of Decadence for Divas bought her animal print scarf in Madrid about 8 years ago at a small family-owned boutique. She wears it every fall and winter. It lifts any outfit she is wearing, however plain. She always gets compliments on it even if she is wearing it with a plain t-shirt and jeans. It’s her “go-to” accessory during the colder months.

Amy of Denim and Dots shows us a very subtle animal print with these jeans from Victoria’s Secret. Like Jill’s sweater, animal prints don’t always have to stay true to their colors to look modern and stylish. And sometimes a little subtlety can make a big impact.

Gee Gee of Sky Over 40 wears animal printed leather, specifically crocodile print shoes. They are 15 years old and still current.

What a classic style and great example of low-key animal print.

Déjà Pseu of Une Femme d’un Certain Ậge wears a silk Equipment blouse with black straight legged pants and black top. I love the way she lets the leopard blouse run the show!

Sacramento of Mis Papelicos, an expert pattern mixer, combines leopard with red plaid with a splash of gold. Note the big belt, huge earrings and gold bangles that complete her daring and fashion-forward look.

Cyrillynn of Any Second Now says, “I kept my look very simple by wearing a lace babydoll dress, a light blazer and printed clutch.  Although I wore all black, I made sure that the blacks had texture: my tights had a different pattern than my dress, and my shoes were velvet with glitter.  I’m glad I kept it simple, because I wanted to make sure that my fantastic clutch really stood out.”

Ana of Mrs. American Made chooses a reptilian print with this flowy chiffon dress by Black Halo. The lining is lemon yellow and is attached to the dress. It gives depth to the translucency of the fabric.

Silk Path Diary looks sophisticated and modern in a knee-length leopard dress and fantastic brown Chanel handbag. I love the pin-tucks in the neckline.

Carrie of Expressive Style tells us one of her favorite ways to incorporate animal print is through accessories like this H & M snakeskin print scarf. Don’t you adore that snakeskin print and its color scheme? Just gorgeous!

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley wears a drop dead gorgeous vintage leopard coat. Don’t we all wish we could find one like that? And her hairstyle couldn’t be a better choice with it. She’s glamorous and then some!

Tori is crazy about her leopard leggings. Here, she wears them with a body-con black tank dress, long cardigan and combat boots. And for a little color, some bright red lips.

I was with Kim of Northern California Style when she bought this leopard and floral print silk Equipment blouse at Neiman Marcus. It is so chic and fun, one of us just had to have it. Since it looked better on Kim, she was that someone! Kim pairs it with distressed boyfriend jeans by Rich and Skinny and BCBG peep-toe wedges.

The day Kim bought her darling blouse above was the same day I fell in love with Equipment shirts. The fit and quality are fantastic and worth every penny, in my opinion.

I happened to be at the local outlet mall and noticed that the Saks Fifth outlet store carries a few Equipment styles. I found this leopard print blouse in black and yellow on a white background last week and had to have it. I love the small print and color palette, ideal for spring or fall.

I kept things simple and wore the blouse with my new black booties, COS bag I bought in Paris last March, and black skinny jeans from Joe’s.

The temperatures are beginning to drop and it’s time to say goodbye to shorts, capris and summer dresses. And while that can be a little sad doesn’t it feel great to welcome back the denim that’s been ignored in your closet for the past few months?

If you love denim as much as we do then please join us in November for “How I Wear My: Jeans”.

Whether you prefer them skinny, bootcut, boyfriend, pegged, cropped or flared, whether you like high-rise, low-rise, sailor-style or overalls, whether you love them printed or in color or just as true blue as they were originally made, we know you have at least one pair so show us how you style your jeans!

Send a photo of you in your favorite jeans to by November 5th and like us on Facebook to stay up to date with all things HIWM.

There are many more not-to-be-missed animal print looks on Jill’s blog today.
Be sure to click over to see who is wearing what!
xo, Adrienne



  1. October 2, 2013 / 3:44 am

    Fashionable and well put together the above looks. Animal print is a difficult one to pull off. I am not brave enough for this trend although I have worn a animal print hat last season in Paris but that’s as far as I can take it. lol.

  2. October 2, 2013 / 3:55 am

    What’s not to love about animal prints?! Everyone looks great. It is interesting to see everyone’s comfort levels on how much to wear…and how to wear it. You cardigan is very cute.

    Are you on your front porch? This is not how I pictured a front stoop in Brooklyn. : )

    Thank you for hosting HIWM…xoH

  3. October 2, 2013 / 3:58 am

    Everyone looks great. My favs are the plaid with the leopard…so daring and yet so on trend, that snake scarf on Carrie and then Tamera in her leopard coat. She really reminds me of Mrs. Robinson from The Graduate.

    Thanks for throwing the party : )


  4. October 2, 2013 / 3:59 am

    Oh. My. Word. Is it obvious my coffee has not kicked in. I opened this post in my reader, saw the photo of Jill and thought it was her post. Yes, I was confused for a minute because you had told me I would be in your post but I thought things must have gotten changed up at the last minute. Sorry! There really are no adequate words to explain this guffaw. Your shirt is very cute too. I can see it belted with a pencil skirt in the future! : )

  5. October 2, 2013 / 3:59 am

    Thank you so much for featuring me Adrienne – your shirt is perfection!! I just love how everyone has put their animal prints/textures together – all fantastic looks and great inspiration.

  6. October 2, 2013 / 4:04 am

    So much gorgeous-ness! Thanks for hosting this round-up of fabulous looks. I love Suzanne’s sheath dress.

  7. October 2, 2013 / 4:44 am

    Great round up, Adrienne, and thanks so much for including me! Everyone looks wonderful, and reinforces the idea that some animal prints are just timeless. And I want Tamera’s coat…so fab!!!

  8. October 2, 2013 / 4:49 am

    Everybody looks so glamorous! I never get tired of animal print so this will end up being one of my favorite HIWM posts! I love your Equipment shirt Adrienne, what a score! XO, Jill

  9. October 2, 2013 / 6:31 am

    Very glamourous group. Love your Equipment shirt, and Jill’s cardigan in particular.

  10. October 2, 2013 / 7:19 am

    Wow Adrienne, I think this was one of the best round up’s to date! Not only is it a collection of beautiful and varied animal print usage … but your writing ties this post together so professionally. I think writing about fashion, is actually quite challenging… using words… when the visual is right before you. But you have managed, brilliantly, to add further depth to each photo. So very well done my dear!!

  11. October 2, 2013 / 7:35 am

    Hi there!! wow, this is such an inspiring post-so many stylish ladies showing their take on leopardprint, it really gives food for thought on future outfits! Everyone looks lovely and I really love your new shirt too! xx

  12. October 2, 2013 / 7:49 am

    So much fun and Bella I love the photo!

  13. October 2, 2013 / 8:16 am

    What a lovely group of ladies you have featured here today Adrienne. Our citizen Bella is looking very chic and mysterious in that photo, and how wonderful to see your own gorgeous Tori in her leopard tights. And you are looking as beautiful as ever my dear. Love those new booties.

  14. October 2, 2013 / 8:28 am

    So many great looks here, Adrienne! I LOVE Gee Gee’s shoes, and Sacramento’s patent pending mix of tartan and leopard has def influenced that way I play with patterns for sure! She looks amazing with her leo-plaid!

  15. October 2, 2013 / 8:48 am

    Love all the lovely looks here! Thank you for hosting such a fun series!


  16. October 2, 2013 / 9:52 am

    Great post and thank you so much for including me x

  17. October 2, 2013 / 11:18 am

    This is the most incredible selection of animal prints! I absolutely love every single look.

    Annette | Lady of Style

  18. October 2, 2013 / 12:25 pm

    Each and every outfit is unique and gorgeous! You really have some great ladies participating.

  19. October 2, 2013 / 12:35 pm

    How many creative way to combine animal print with other pieces! Really inspiring!

  20. October 2, 2013 / 12:50 pm

    I think this is my favorite “How I Wear My” post so far! I think because animal print is so versatile and always in style. Love all the looks here!

    I was cruising past the clothing section in Target this a.m. and the cutest animal print cardigan caught my eye. I don’t usually even give the clothing a glance, but honestly the quality of this sweater seems to be pretty good. (It’s mostly cotton w/ a little spandex) The last cardigan I bought at Nordstrom pilled after a few washings. :/


  21. October 2, 2013 / 1:04 pm

    What a fun blog! Thanks for some new ideas!

  22. October 2, 2013 / 6:48 pm

    Thank you both so much for always curating these amazing collections of style. I was never much of an animal print person until quite recently. And here I am inspired to try some new ideas. Lovely to be included, as always, with so many wonderful looks. Love your blouse, Adrienne !

  23. October 2, 2013 / 6:55 pm

    Love all of the looks! Animal print never fails, does it? Great post, thank you for including me!


  24. October 2, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    Wow! Best post on How I wear my!! Love so many of these and want some more animal prints in my wardrobe!
    You look darling in that leopard Equipment blouse. So cute how you paired it with the black jeans. Another super find. My dear your wardrobe has got some fab Equipment pieces now. I need to find a Saks outlet!!


    • October 4, 2013 / 10:35 am

      Great to see you joining HIWM series Kim! Looking fab in that new Equipment blouse!

  25. October 2, 2013 / 8:14 pm

    Love love the darling blouse, I can picture this styled in so many fun ways!!

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  26. October 3, 2013 / 8:49 am

    Absolutely love it all, esp that shawl. Stopping by via Heather’s Stylemindchic.

  27. October 3, 2013 / 8:49 am

    Absolutely love it all, esp that shawl. Stopping by via Heather’s Stylemindchic.

  28. October 3, 2013 / 10:22 pm

    Thank you sooooooooooo much for this wonderful post, dear friends

  29. October 4, 2013 / 10:42 am

    Good morning dear Adrienne,
    Thank you for your kind words on my surgery. I was a little nervous (going under and all) but I’m feeling great today. This is always such a fun post. I love seeing you and Kim (for the first time-Yay!) both in your equipment blouses. A reminder of such a fun day in the city. The photo of you ‘harvesting’ in the vineyard on Jill’s blog was fab by the way (I know that is how you always garden by the way).
    My skirt-tried and true- is an Alfani (Macys brand). I’m still laughing as though DH (Scott) was taking my photos, and he took several, I kept saying back up, back up…still trying to get the photo thing down ;).
    This series is so fun and everyone looks amazing in their styling of this ‘staple’ of animal print.
    Have a wonderful weekend girlfriend!
    xx, Heather

  30. November 26, 2013 / 8:24 pm

    Hi Adrienne, I am only now discovering your blog – and the whole community of fun and fabulous women 40+! It is such a fun and inspiring post. I know I am late :), but here is my own animal print play –

    Thank you for your wonderful blog!! ~ Sincerely, Natalia

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