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.
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.