Most trends these days are so extreme that they have about a 30-minute lifespan before starting to look dated. But one item coming to the fashion forefront for Fall ’18 is already a classic. Skin prints are always on the style radar, but this year they are much more that a blip. And embracing the trend – even in small ways – can give your classic garments a bit of added edge. Even if you think you aren’t an animal print type … check this out.
The runways are crawling (sorry, I couldn’t resist) with coats, skirts and accessories in prints mimicking the fur of various jungle cats. Check out this collage from InStyle magazine for a sense of the power of this trend. Then we’ll talk about how to interpret it in Real Life.
If you’re not ready to go all-in with the cats, here are some ways to integrate a touch of this trend. Footwear in a skin print adds spunk and sizzle, especially to any outfit in a mix of solid colors. A few things to consider (illustrated with options from DSW.com – find them on that site by searching their names.)
Animal-look shoes are available at every level from play-wear to pumps, but take care not choose versions that blend over into bedroom slipper looks. Firm textures, solid leather-like accents and toes shapes more pointed than rounded all send a clear day-wear message.
Many animal print accessories are in warm colorations, and in fact can be a great way to warm up a cool black or navy outfit to flatter a woman with warm tones in her own coloring:
As much fun as patterned footwear can be, you never want your feet to be the most eye-catching part of your appearance. The higher the light/dark contrast within the pattern, the more attention the shoes attract. So choose skin prints with a lesser contrast – the left-hand one is more subtle than the one on the right. .
Or if you prefer an abstract that just hints at the animal trend, consider one of these satin stripe oblong scarves in camel/blue, herb green/brown or blue/gray/taupe. They’re also from our inventory, and you’ll find ways to wear them HERE, HERE and HERE.