This isn’t my first pattern mixing outfit (far from it!), but this IS my first zebra print item of clothing.
It’s a zebra print blouse I’ve had my eye on for ages, and I finally caved last week. It seemed only sensible that I also wore another animal print in this outfit. But wait – it’s not leopard? What’s going on…?!
Not that it was intentional, but I really fancied mixing my animals when I put this outfit together and yet leopard didn’t come into the equation. The blouse is one of those lovely loose, not-at-all-fitted styles with a tie at the front (which actually comes in lots of colours and patterns) that’s so easy to throw on under a blazer. I hadn’t worn my (old) snake print boots for a while, and as all the snow had gone I thought a heel would make a change from the flats I wear all week while working from home and walking the dog.
So two animal prints but no leopard, and yes, orange AGAIN. But when it’s a double-breasted orange blazer that’s also on sale, who am I to say no? Don’t they (you know, “they”) know that if I see anything orange, I HAVE to have it??
In all honesty, I don’t actually consider two prints in one outfit that aren’t sitting next to each other pattern mixing at all. To me, there has to be a clash – and a clash can only occur when the prints are together and there’s some fisticuffs going on. Zebra print blouse and snake print boots, no pattern mixing. Zebra print blouse and a leopard coat – now THAT’S what I mean by pattern mixing!
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In the end I wore this outfit out last weekend but with my Antarctic-suited pumpkin-coloured parka over the top – it isn’t anywhere NEAR blazer weather in the UK yet. But a blazer is great for indoors in winter (instead of knitwear) if you fancy looking a little smarter, which is what I did for Sunday dinner with my parents when I wore this.
The dark green and the saturated orange colours together spoke to me. I’d not thought of pairing the blazer with anything except warm colours when I bought it, but the rich green trousers leapt out from my wardrobe when I was working out the rest of the outfit.
So that’s it! Be bold with your animal prints, I say. If you fancied some snake print boots or shoes I found some FABULOUS pairs when looking for some boots similar to mine – scroll down just past the pics to see my selections.
I now fancy some snake print shoes for the spring…
ANY FANS OF ANIMAL PRINT (THAT ISN’T LEOPARD) OUT THERE? COMMENT BELOW…!
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OTHER SNAKE PRINT BOOTS AND SHOES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
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