October 9th, 2012
Style Inspiration, Trend, What to Wear, Winter Wardrobe, Work Wardrobe
Fall 2012 Style Inspiration: Animal Instinct
By Claire

Though I’m more of a classic girl, I simply can’t get enough of animal prints! From snake to leopard to zebra stripes, it’s the way I add a bit of pizzazz to more subdued ensembles.
For Fall 2012, embrace animal prints by way of shoes, dresses, or patterned shifts.
I cooked up two splurges and two steals, so Bombshells at any budget can dip on in:

Look 1 is all about snake particularly Tom Ford’s $2,980 Anaconda over-the-knee boots (try to stop drooling). I played them down with a snuggly Lanvin cashmere dress, Gucci stirrup top handle bag, and kept the theme going with square reptile earrings:

In the mood for a little leopard? I don’t know about you, but I’m in love with Roberto Cavalli’s $875 Brown Leopard Print Dress:

Slip on a Phillip Plein lamb leather fur jacket for warmth and complete with leopard diamante stud earrings (get them here):

Like the heels? Get ‘em at Colette.

Those without gold bars under their bed can adopt the reptile and snake trends as well!

Topshop’s Animal Print Skater dress embraces the look, and at $72 won’t break the bank.

Offset the print with a $100 trench from Mango, along with pops of Burgundy from Miss Selfridge’s.

And lastly, if snake is more your bag, get into the game with a pair of snake print jeans, like these Paradise Pink Options by Supertrash (they’re a steal at $39).

Complement them with a gray turtleneck and a $37 gray woolen jacket from InDressMe. Pull on a pair of knee high boots and a knit turban for added umph:

Would you wear any of the above?
Stay tuned for more!

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36 Responses to “Fall 2012 Style Inspiration: Animal Instinct”

  1. J says:

    That Roberto Cavalli dress is FIRE!! All of the looks are nice but that look is my fav!!

  2. Adara says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You really listen to your readers/viewers and that is MUCH appreciated. You’ve got a loyal, devoted, daily reader in me. Keep up the awesome work Claire!

  3. Thank you Claire for both options, I knew you would come through!
    The thing that stood out for ME was the turban, I am going to try that look….

  4. iQgraphics says:

    these picks are so sickening, i almost threw up in my mouth a little.
    Thanks Claire! The styling here is epic and “grown woman”!

  5. binks says:

    Great styling personally I run from animal prints because they just seem so overwhelming or something that quickly can go from hot to hmmm..if you mis-pair it but loving all these inspirations especially the top shop dress.

  6. The SPS says:

    Nice. I already have some snakeprint jeans by Rich & Skinny…so it was great to see your interpretation. You should add that snakeskin skirt from JCrew that is currently on final sale for like $45 or something. Nice and inexpensive on trend addition.

  7. YASSS to these looks!! Fab!!

  8. Nelly says:

    So loving this post! Every option is totally fabulous. Very chic and classy.:)

  9. nicky says:

    omg!! Love it all!

  10. yusufswifee says:

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS! Claire, these outfits are FIRE and we are finally experincing weather cold enough for these looks in the DMV. #swoons

    I went thru my weather pieces yesterday and organized/did inventory. This post is right on time.

  11. Dom says:

    That Plein fur made me weep! Thanks for the look –and the look for less!

  12. dyshaun says:

    Claire, who are those panther/leopard studs by?

  13. endESQ says:

    Whew, yaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssss!!!!!!!!!

  14. iHeartKeya says:

    I love all of the looks, great styling. I really need that turban in the last look

  15. Taj says:

    Great post Claire and I am loving every look. I love animal prints and faux fur so I really appreciate this post.

  16. Donna says:

    I saw a pic on Tumblr of this post and had to see it all for myself. Made my day!

  17. Jennifer says:

    The ShopStyle widgets don’t show in mobile. Any deets on the coat in look #1?

  18. Nikkibellaray says:

    Tears…I love this post, I so love every single look and will be rocking at least one of em.

  19. itsjustme says:

    great post, claire. even though i’m scared of animal prints, outfit #2 is gorge!! ladies, stay away from the oasis wrap in #1, that thing is an itchy mess! had to send it back.

  20. bhud says:

    best styling on this site yet… and there have been some fantastic looks. ku-dos!

  21. Fabulous outfits and accessories!

  22. manny says:

    Yes Claire!!! Great post.

  23. Lolodoll11 says:

    All nice looks. Great job Claire! Love Love love the first look. Too bad those boots are just insanely pricey.

  24. jbrizzy says:

    This gave me life, Animal print that looks classy to the t

  25. Anonymous says:

    Love it!

  26. Soul Touch says:

    Great options…I love the Lanvin cashmere dress, but on the Shop Style model it looks all sorts of wrong.

  27. Dion says:

    Oh Claire! these are amazing!! I loved EVERY LOOK!! I will be trying them all (cheaper version of course lol)

  28. Claire says:

    Glad you enjoyed:) Excuse me while I plot to get those Tom Ford anaconda boots!

  29. mscc says:

    UGHHHHH these are all just amazing. Thank you Claire

  30. lle says:

    Love every one!!!!

  31. Toni says:

    Oh Claire, you slayed it. I love everyone of those looks.
    So since all my gold bars have dissapear, I will definately be experimenting with the cheaper version!

  32. Oh really says:

    Loving EVERY look. Thanks again for your inspiration, Claire!

  33. Chris styles says:

    Love the looks I got all excites when I saw the drapped sweater dress because I’ve been looking for exactly like that since last year but um…a bit too pricey for me :( if u or anyone on here know about an affordable option I’d greatly appreciate the info!

  34. Mona L says:

    These looks were amazing!!!!! Those first jackets were stellar!

  35. Stephanie says:

    Meowwwww!!! Love it

  36. Shanna says:

    all the looks are definitely well put together. i love it !

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