There are an abundance of neutrally toned animal print blouses in stores at the moment as retailers transition their collections into Autumn. Although animal print product, especially cheetah and leopard prints, are nothing new, I’m enjoying their appearance on a much larger assortment of soft blouse silhouettes. I think I’ve fallen in love with animal print all over again. 

An animal print is both classic and edgy. It has an amazing retro and regal integrity, as well as a theatrical and racy one. It suits both earthy, arty, dramatic and eclectic fashion personas, AND it suits those with a more simple and understated sense of style. In short, it’s a brilliant print that does not date — much like the polka dot. 

Animal print blouses can be worn with skirts and trousers for business casual, and they can be worn with jeans. They tend to look really good with solid black and brown support acts, or denim blue. Lighter toned animal prints look fab with dove grey, cream and white bottoms. I particularly like a leopard animal print blouse worn with a bright red skirt, red pair of trousers, or layered under a sleeveless red sheath dress. This bold statement always makes me smile. I also love animal print worn with red accessories. 

It’s amazing how an animal print can function both as a basic and as a statement piece. I guess that’s the nature of a fairly timeless and ageless item of clothing. Versatile!

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