6 ways to wear animal novelty prints

Yesterday, I read both this Loop Looks post about how to wear cat prints (I think we all know I feel about cat prints, as evidenced here, here, and here) as well as the latest IFB project challenge about making lists… and was inspired to put both ideas together! I’m a librarian, so making lists comes almost as naturally as breathing. 😉

The animal novelty print trend has been going strong for over a year now (see my “Trends I Loved in 2012” post), so there are LOTS of choices out there besides cats. How to know which way to go — or even which animal to choose?

Below is my Polyvore collection of 6 different ways to wear animal novelty prints, featuring a menagerie of stylish options:  elephants (definitely having a moment right now), dragonflies, bees, rhinos, flamingos, hens, pelicans, swans, cats, dogs, parrots, giraffes, leopards, sparrows, ostriches, owls, and ducks. I’ve also included close-ups of the prints below each inspiration board.

1.  Go bold

Librarian for Life + Style | How to wear novelty animal prints: Go bold collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Go bold prints collage

2.  Go small

Librarian for Life + Style | How to wear novelty animal prints: Go small collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Go small prints collage

3.  Go stylized

Librarian for Life + Style | How to wear animal novelty prints: Go stylized collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Go stylized prints collage

4.  Go delicate

Librarian for Life + Style | How to wear animal novelty prints: Go delicate collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Go delicate prints collage

5.  Go accessorize

Librarian for Life + Style | How to wear animal novelty prints: Go accessorize collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Go accessorize prints collage

6. Go subtle

Last but not least, my final inspiration board features a subtle take on the trend. Instead of featuring animals straight-out, these prints reference them through graphics like birdcages, feathers, and horse bits and bridles.

Librarian for Life + Style | How to wear novelty animal prints: Go subtle collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Go subtle prints collage

Besides my aforementioned fondness for cats, my personal wardrobe also houses owls (Gertie, my owl sweater), birds (necklaces), bees (earrings), and butterflies (earrings). Do you have a favorite way to wear animal novelty prints — or a particular go-to animal? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Link ups:  IFB Project #100:  Write a List  /  Friday’s Fancies  /  Fashion Friday

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4 thoughts on “6 ways to wear animal novelty prints

  1. Tori Mistick

    This is such a wonderful post! You should have 100 comments here!

    I love browsing at Anthropologie and have been seeing so many animal prints there lately but haven’t taken the plunge yet.

    Might have to do a dog print post on my blog Wear. Wag. Repeat.

    Check it out: http://www.wearwagrepeat.com

    Reply
    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      Awww, you’re so sweet, Tori! I’m so glad you were the first comment on this post! 🙂 Animals prints are everywhere — and I really didn’t realize how many varieties there were until I started searching for them.

      And you are the cutest — I adore your haircut (I used to have a similar short pixie) and colorful sense of style!

      Yes, please do a dog print post! Hmmmm… perhaps I can add an inspiration board to your blog, as well, like as a guest entry? I’d love to contribute! Like… “it’s raining cats and dogs” 😉 I love cats AND dogs — I grew up with both!

      Reply
  2. shell chic'd

    This is a fantastic post!! I’ve gotten really into animal motifs on clothing/accessories this year (I’m wearing flamingos today!) I’m pretty shy about it, and tend to go with the delicate ones, or just a simple animal accessory, though I adore the bold animal novelty looks 🙂 Really great roundup!
    xx, Emily
    shell chic’d

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