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Animal Kingdom Fall's Hottest Prints Go Wild
10/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Animal Prints

Those who like bold patterns are in luck because this year, fashion is going wild. Looks inspired by the Discovery Channel have made it from the runways to the racks of local boutiques. Try these fun ways to experiment with fall’s biggest trend. 

Pick your print

One of the best parts about animal print trends is that it is not limited to one particular part of the jungle. While cheetah and snake prints have been big in seasons past, fall is offering up many more animal print options, according to Lauren Monroe, owner of Mimosa Boutique in Lake Charles.

You can put prints anywhere

These nature-inspired prints aren’t relegated only to clothing. Some of the best accessories around are animal print. In fact, according to Monroe, one could conceivably dress themselves in head-to-toe animal prints if they were so inclined. "One of my favorite pieces in the store right now is this amazing cheetah print sweater,” Monroe says. "But everyone at Mimosa is also loving all of the animal print shoes and booties. We have some killer snake booties right now. And we’ve got animal prints on pretty much any accessory you could name – headbands, belts, hair clips, earrings, handbags.”

"All animal prints are huge this year," Monroe says. "Leopard, snake, tiger, cheetah, zebra, even Dalmatian!”

Keep colors consistent

In previous years, animal prints have unfairly been written off as tacky, dated, or too busy. But this year’s prints can absolutely look sophisticated enough to wear to the office or even special events. The trick is to keep colors consistent even if you’re mixing and matching prints. "To keep your look very 2019, I suggest pairing your animal print pieces with clothing and accessories in the same color family. Don’t try to do a pop of color with this season’s prints. Keep them very tone on tone.”

Mix and match

Last year, pop star Rihanna made headlines when she stepped out in a snake print bucket hat with a matching jacket, mini dress, handbag, and heels. The solid snake look was incredibly on-trend, but this year, fashionistas are taking it one step further by mixing and matching different animal prints. "I suggest pairing a large animal print with a small print,” Monroe says. "Or use your accessories to mix and match.”

So if you’ve got a subtle cheetah print top that you think might pair well with a tiger-stripe accessory, try it out! Animal prints are about having fun. Subtle tones and small accessories in the season’s most coveted animal prints mean that trying them out doesn’t necessarily have to be a huge commitment. If you’re not ready to walk on the wild side, just toe it a little with a fun handbag or a single piece of statement jewelry. 

Mimosa is located at 3125 Ernest St, Lake Charles, La.

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