let’s talk leopard… && pair this puurrfect print with a cute contrasting color combo
reds && blues make a great color combo && any shade will work. here i went for a deeper teal blue with a bright candy apple red, but turquoise && red orange also work really well together!
when you are working with a contrasting color combo, just try to keep the rest of the outfit neutral with golds, nudes or black && white. but don’t be afraid to spice it all up with a little bit of leopard
sweater: kate spade (i scored this little lady for a steal at the ksny palm springs outlet earlier this week) (here’s this year’s version) // skirt: h&m // pumps: kate spade (only in stores) // purse: kate spade (another outlet steal) // necklace: francescas // belt: kate spade (similar) // rings: kate spade // forever 21 (old) // arm party: sequin // kate spade (similar) // sequin // kate spade (old) // michael kors // kate spade
so today, we’re taking on the always trendy animal prints in prints of prey.
Animal prints are always wildly popular for fall, we saw it last year and we will probably see it again in 2012. This year, its leopard vs zebra, where some prints will be battling for reign of the runway!
before you go wild, make sure you learn the rules of the jungle with my tips and tricks for wearing animal prints and really any big or bold pattern.
one: prints like to be the star of an outfit, so pair them with complimentary neutral hues & basic pieces to let them shine // two: prints can go cheap in a hurry, be sure to invest in quality printed pieces that will last you a lifetime while looking lush // brighten up your animalistic look with fun pops of color try green or pink for leopard and yellow or red for zebra // pile on the prints! animal patterns can be the perfect pattern mixing piece // since animal prints can go trashy fast, above all, stay classy. use classic silhouettes and timeless shapes to keep from going too wild // here’s how I do it…
and if you are torn between these perfect prints? pair predator with prey in a zebra meets leopard look!
Put your best print forward:
something to consider before picking your print: skin tone! Good news for you tan ladies (whether you got it from a salon, the sun or your momma) who can really get away with leopard or zebra (with my carmel complexion, the black and white contrast looks best on me)! But if you are on the fairer side, a darker leopard may suit you best but beware of those lighter leopards with a pale base that will wash you out!
while I love me some leopard (and I love being a leo), I am really into zebra right no, so that’s the pattern I pick.. for the moment. nevertheless, my wardrobe may beg to differ since leopard is my current king of my closet.
so where does your allegiance lie? spots or stripes leopard or zebra? predator or prey?
let take a walk on the wild side
today, we are taking pattern mixing to a whole new level by pairing prints with prints in a wild animal inspired look.
Pattern mixing is a great way to make the most of your wardrobe. By pairing patterns together you can breathe new light into your looks while getting extra use out of pieces that you wouldn’t normally wear together.When mixing patterns, remember to keep it classy! Stick to simple silhouettes and classic shapes like a-line dresses and cardigans to keep the look under control. Also look for complimentary colors, using black & white is always a great way to help you achieve print pairing perfection.
dress: kate spade (& check out this awesome zebra peplum top) // caridgan: h&m (old) // bag: kate spade // necklaces: kenneth jay lane // shoes: kate spade // arm party: j.crew, kate spade, forever 21 // earrings: kate spade.
if you like this look, check out this other pattern mixing outfit featuring the same cardie. It happens to be one of my favorite to ever be featured on cmc.
today lets take a look at what’s trending at kate spade new york!
Today, I am breaking down some trends and showing you the easiest way to get the look all while featuring new arrivals at ksny (yay)! plus we will take a look inside my closet at my newest ks wardrobe additions.
first lets look at three spring and summer trends that are here to stay! They will even carry over to fall 2012.
as I mentioned in my previous post (lets get tomato soup delivered) tomato red is a hot right now, africa violet is also a unique and fun color for summer. Wear these colors together, or choose one for a head to toe monochromatic look or to use as the perfect color pop!
Get the Look at KSNY: eyelet Selita dress (eyelets are another spring trend) $578, Arielle tee $178, Linen Viola Dress $358
Leopard print is always on trend, but the way you wear it changes. This years its all about pairing it with bright colors (like tomato red), wearing structured leopard pieces (like peplum tops) or giving it a flirty-girlie vibe (by piling on the pearls, or wearing a girlie dress). geometric and floral prints are also in, the blouse shown above kills both of these trends with one top.
Colorblocking, thick and thin is a huge trend this year! Pick up the perfect blocked piece or do it yourself by pairing a solid top with another solid colored skirt. You can block with neutrals, colors or even neon!
Get the Look at KSNY: Striped kerrigan dress $498, color block tank $178, tricolor zahara dress $498
More great new products at Kate Spade include pretty pillows:
and of course, handbags
These bags are brilliantly basic. The bright colors and classic shapes can make the perfect basic bag for any fabulous fashionista. featured collections: A La Vita, Primrose Hill and Gold Coast
WWCD: What Would Courtney Do.
With all these amazing options, how could you expect a girl to just pick one? You can’t… and I didn’t! heres a peak at my new product purchase and the trends they apply to!
I don’t own any zebra (ghasp) so I made up for lost purchases with a perfect peplum randie top (animal & peplum, two trends in one) & a linen jillian bow dress. I also picked up this classy color blocked Celine dress as a fun trendy take on neutrals. Perfect cigarette pants are hard to find (especially with my body type) so when I found these perfect lipstick mandy pants in tomato red (also african violet and black) I had to pick them up!
What Would You Do?
I showed you mine, time to show me (or tell me) yours! Do you like my picks? if not, what products would you pick up? Or what trends are you dying to try?
Let me know, Cheers!