Be A Tigress This Summer

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Prints have been a staple in terms of trends throughout the past few seasons. Runways and store windows have seen an abundance of flora and fauna, geometric shapes, lines and more. Much of these prints have been present during the cooler seasons, and summer is one of the best times to get your print on! For those who love the break in monotony that prints bring, the animal print couldn’t be a better choice than the usual flowers. Here’s how to bring out your inner tigress when the sunny weather starts to kick in.

Top It Off

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One of the easiest ways to incorporate animal prints into wardrobe is through an animal print top. Nothing brings out that inner fierceness more than a piece with leopard or tiger prints. This exudes a strong air of aggressiveness and fun at the same time. It should be noted that such a strong look is not for the faint of heart. Women who are confident are best suited for pieces like this.

Since an animal print top draws a lot of attention by itself, it is best paired with more toned down pieces. Neutral colors such as black, white and beige become great canvasses for setting off this strong look. Wear this piece with a pair of distressed skinny jeans and stilettos or booties makes for streetwear with a lot of attitude. Or put on a pair of frayed shorts for extra warm days.

Regardless of how you decide to wear an animal print top this summer, accessories should also be toned down. Keep to a few key pieces, such as a clutch in order keep the look from having too much going on. Sandals or even slip on shoes will work perfectly for a laid back summer look.

Wear It Down

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Prefer a more toned down way to animal prints in the summer? Think bottoms. Animal instinct leggings are a perfect alternative. Leggings are a great wardrobe staple because they are comfortable and sleek, even with bold prints on them. These do not draw as much attention as printed tops, but are still visible enough to add flair. Best of all, they are light enough to be worn during the warm season.

Tiger print skin is always sexy on leggings. Like other types of pieces that incorporate such bold patterns, this is best paired with something more subtle. A plain t-shirt, button down or asymmetric jumper are all good picks. For a cooler alternative think crop tops and muscle shirts.

When accessorizing, it is also best to use a few key pieces. An oversized hobo bag, leather bracelets or a long necklace can complement the look enough.

Use it As an Accent Piece

If tops and bottoms are still too bold, then try incorporating animal prints into your wardrobe through accessories. There is no shortage when it comes to finding accessories that are made with this pattern. Scarves, bags, shoes, belts, hats and even jewelry are some common items made with animal prints. The upside to opting for accent pieces over whole pieces of clothing is that it allows for much more versatility. 

While there are many different choices for accent pieces, the same care needs to be taken when using these. Avoid using animal patterned accessories if you already have it on other pieces of clothing. Having this iconic print on in so many different ways will tend to look tacky rather than classy.

Likewise, accessories should be worn in moderation. As tempting as it is to match everything up, limit animal print accessories to one or two pieces at a time. Accessories are meant to compliment an outfit and not become the focal point.

Whether you’ve always been a fan of animal prints or you simply want to try and bring out your inner tigress this coming summer, wearing it just became easier.  These three tips will bring out your wild side without sacrificing style.

Author Bio: As a fashion blogger, Regina loves to share style tips with others. Check out some of her favorite wardrobe staples at Tee and Me.

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