I Want What She’s Wearing: Bright Colors & Animal Prints

- By Teresa Greenfeld -

They say we will spend a third of our lifetime sleeping.  If this is indeed true, it’s safe to assume that I will spend at least a quarter  of my life standing in my closet, staring at my clothes with an expression of vacant exasperation.  Deciding what to wear can sometimes seem overwhelming – espically working in the fashion industry.

Many of us fall into the “safe” dressing trap: shying away from prints or bright colors simply because we think it’s easier (and perhaps in an attempt to shave some time off that quarter life sentence).  And sure, we all have our token bright colored or animal print belt/shoe/clutch, worn in an attempt to “jazz-up” our safe wardrobes, but ladies, is “safe’ the term we want describing our style?

Pairing an animal print with a bright color may cause some to cower in fear, but as Olivia demonstrates, there is nothing to be afraid of- so long as you follow a few simple rules:  Be sure to anchor with neutral accessories, and keep either your pant or top tailored – ensuring a grown-up, put together look.

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 1.  Giambattista Valli Bell Sleeve Blouse, $1250

2.  DVF Coryn Moire Clutch, $285

3.  Curve Flair Pant, $295

4.  Topshop Adore Black Suede Boots, $124

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1.  Vince Camuto Jenks Bootie, $159
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2.  Equipment Python Print Silk Blouse, $218
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3.  Stella McCartney Harem Pant, $595
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4.  Kotur Union Clutch, $425
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1.  Topshop Animal Drape Front Blouse, $76
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2.  M Missoni Draped Silk Harem Pant, $152.25
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3.  The Row Lizard Clutch, $5800
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4.  Burberry Buckled Ankle Boot, $1005

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 Photos Courtesy of Johannes Huebl

Olivia Palermo in a blouse and trousers by Tibi

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