And in your face.
Animal prints have long been associated with a certain vibe, and I haven’t quite discerned why. Is it because they’re so completely unapologetic? That they harken to days when perceived as a symbol of status and wealth? Or is it simply due to the infamy surrounding faux and real? Which motivates people to pounce (and quickly) on the use of anything remotely resembling that distinctive pattern.
I, for one, look at them as being the visual epitome of confidence.
No matter the reason, there does appear to be certain preset opinions when it comes to this particular family of print as in who wears it, when it’s
meant to be worn. I remember my first. It was a pair of cheetah print mules with the cheekiest pom pom trims, purchased in Takashimaya, Singapore. I believe it was 1995 and I wore them when the sun was still shining, with a baby blue sleeveless tee dress. I also recall, most vividly, that animal prints were confined to evening then, and the many dubious compliments comments I received. It was as though wearing them during the day was perceived as, well, bawdy.
R I S Q U E
Again, I find animal prints exotic and immensely empowering.
Incidentally, why aren’t men wearing them?
How are some prints so innately female whilst others cross genders effortlessly? I can hear the whispered question, “Is he gay?”, the gasps. The stares.
I mean, you could preach how widely accepted animal prints are in today’s society. Worn in all sorts of permutations, at any time of the day, but you still wouldn’t see them on a heterosexual male, would you? I don’t get it. Do you?
And that is why I am EVER so proud that today’s installment of Project Sister Act is focused on animal prints. On
growl girl power. On being unabashedly female and feminine.
Eve (the world according to eve)
Chichi (the style tune)
Brandy (authentically b)
Sheela (sheela writes)
Suzanne (suzanne carillo)
These women. This group of women. I have so much admiration and respect for each one of them. And I really do hope you’ll visit their blogs as well. They are all so beautifully different yet wonderfully similar in their drive. Commitment. And passion. And the courage to dare.
Oh and by the way, it’s my birthday 🙂 which makes today’s Link-Up extra special so please, do join in? It would be the loveliest gift ever.
p/s photos by Sofia Touassa
I link up here.
You are all magnificent.
Thank you dear Sheelah for this especial Link up
Well, Happy Birthday bold, beautiful, bodacious (as in strong), brave and bewildering Sheela. What a great prompt for this Sister Project, too. I love animal print, always have. Your first pair of mules reminds me of some leopard print mules I once owned with block heels. I need to see if I still have them because their style is perfect for the current season. Love how you added animal print in different doses: your asymmetric top, both bracelets and those fierce shoes which I love. That bucket bag is awesome, too. Everyone looks fantastic. I particularly live Chichi’s and Suzanne’s outfits.
Have a splendid Memorial Day and Birthday Weekend, my friend! Much Love, Ada.
Thanks for introducing me to these ladies and ideas on how and why we style prints. I have several animal print items and I do not shy from wearing them either. Thanks for the invite to link up (the past few Fridays have been crazy). Happy Birthday friend! I hope it’s a grand one.
You are rocking girl! In confidence and this fierce ( i just wanted to say “fierce but true!) Look. Love those platforms and the animal print, especially love the sunnies with blue tint. Happy Happy Birthday, Celebrate Big time!
Wow! Beautiful Lady s! Thank you for hosting and thank you for linking up with Fancy Friday!
Happy birthday🎉🎈🎊🎂Wow! Beautiful Lady s! Thank you for hosting and thank you for linking up with Fancy Friday!
Happy birthday! I hope you’re having a fabulous time and celebrate in a big, bold, fearless way!
Happiest of birthdays, my beautiful, creative, and bold friend. I hope your day is exactly what you hope for. Another fabulous Project Sister Act and a fantastic theme. Years ago I was hesitant to wear leopard or cheetah print because of its connotations (I’m with you, as I don’t understand where they came from), but now I embrace them and wear them often and in large quantities. Your tunic with its asymmetrical hemline immediately caught my eye – you have styled it wonderfully with your capri length leggings and fierce platform sandals. You look quite smashing!
Happy birthday you fabulous lady ! xx
Beautiful sisterhood of growl power! Enjoy a great long weekend Sheela and thank you always for your support!!
Happy Birthday—if it’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that it’s definitely a privilege to get older!!
Funny—I never thought about the fact that men don’t wear animal prints!! Another reason why I’m very happy to be female. That and the shoe variety!!
Wishing you the happiest birthday!! Love your theme of leopard since I am a fan of it!
Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!
Happy, happy Birthday, Sheela! I hope you are having a fabulous day!
Speaking of fabulous, I love everyone’s animal prints! Great outfits! You truly own the most amazing shoes… I can’t wear heels and usually don’t miss it, but whenever I see your shoes, I wish I could…
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Happy Birthday, Sheela!! I hope it is brilliant for you. I hope you get lots of treats (in the form of shoes, preferably!). Thank you for hosting the link up. xxxx, Lisa
I’m in love with your jewellery!
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This month’s sisters all look fabulous. I love each of their own spins on the theme. Isn’t odd how in decor animal print can be very masculine but not in fashion? Thank you for adding your post to my Up, Down, All-Around link-up.
Oh yes, you are speaking my language…animal print is a must, a neutral and everything in between. These gals all look fab, great round up. Need Suzanne’s jumpsuit! Great post and Happy Birthday! You look Fabulous!!!!
You are smashing it here Sheela!
In fact all of you look Grrrrrrrrrrr8!!!
I am going to be copying Brandy’s look tomorrow….LOVE.
Loving all the accessories!
Love all the looks and I think I commented earlier.. ahh, the sign of getting older, at least for me. Memory loss… well, I wouldnt forget to let you know that you look amazing in animal print.. love the platform shoes and the other ladies as well. Giving me ideas 🙂
Thank you for linking up with Turning Heads Tueaday!
Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you celebrated BIG.
Thanks for inviting me to play along in your sister act series. It was fun!
Love love love the looks you’ve highlighted. I definitely need to add more animal print to my wardrobe. I have a pair of flats and a pair of red pumps with animal print heels, neither of which I wear nearly enough.
The way you all have mixed the patterns is totally inspiring.
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Loving all these looks! I’m such a lover of animal print, particularly leopard, cheetah and snake! Thanks much for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, lovely!
Loving all the layers in your outfit. All of you ladies’ outfits are so stunning! It’s always nice to see one trend worn so differently on different women.
I like how you styled your animal prints it is giving off a cool, confident and edgy vibe.
I just started wearing animal prints and I am finding them so versatile and fun! Very edgy for me! I love seeing the way all of you wore the prints.
You all look fantastic – and it’s great to see how you all wore the trend differently!
Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a great day xx