How to wear animal print
Animal print is a fashion trend that people either love or loath. Personally I love how leopard and snake in particular can add a little bit of drama and sexiness your look.
This season there is everything from tops and dresses to shoes and accessories available.
How to choose the perfect one for you?
If you are short and petite to match your promotions wear animal print in smaller amounts, for example a long leopard print maxi dress is likely to overwhelm your small frame. However if you are tall or have a bigger bone structure you are able to wear bigger sized prints and larger amounts.
Choose a colour scheme that blends with your skin tone and current wardrobe.
As a general rule grey toned prints such as snakeskin look great on cool toned blondes and brunettes, whereas the chocolate and orange variety, are perfect on golden blondes, warm redheads and warm toned brunettes.
When it comes to animal print I like to stick to the rule that less is more, wear one eye catching piece and keep your accessories neutral such as if you're wearing an animal print dress or pants keep your accessories understated like a gold earrings and a black bag.
If animal print in large quantities scares you, try an accessory like a belt or handbag. You can also take a walk on the wild side in a pair of printed shoes.
Whatever items you introduce, it a good idea to invest in quality staple pieces that will last. Animal print is a look that never truly goes away.
How to create a stylish casual outfit with a shorts
Shorts are my go-to weekend item especially in warmer weather. They are the perfect thing to wear outdoors, whether it’s to attend kids’ sports or a casual breakfast with friends or family.
Step 1 - Choose your shorts
This season there are plenty of styles to choose from. There's denim in every shade and colour. From printed styles such as floral and checks to a multitude of lengths from knee length Bermuda, mid-thigh length and short shorts.
Step 2 - Pick your top
You could choose a printed blouse or a long sleeve button up that you can tie in a knot. Alternatively, you could wear a simple t-shirt. With a printed pair of shorts, you can add colour. Black and white print will look great mixed with yellow, red or watermelon.
Step 3 - Add accessories
The real secret to make your shorts look stylish is the right accessories. For example, adding a colourful scarf.
Choose your bag
For weekends out and about you could do a crossover style. Look for natural fabrics such as leather or straw, and earthy colours like tan.
Add a belt
If your shorts have belt loops you can add a tan belt to go with your bag or a coloured belt to brighten the look.
Wear some jewellery
Choose a piece that ties the look together. It could be a necklace, bracelet or some earrings.
Pick your shoes
What you put on your feet has a massive impact on the entire look and feel of your outfit. A go-to with shorts is often a pair of thongs (and I do love my Havaianas) as they’re perfect to wear to the beach. To make your outfit look a bit dressier, you can try a pair of closed toe styles such as runners/walking shoes like Vans or Converse, or a ballet flat or loafer. If you would like to wear an open toe you could try a sandal or a pair of espadrille wedges.
A big thank you to Target partnering with me to showcase their great range of summer shorts in the video, you can find them in store and online: www.target.com.au
How I stopped loathing and started loving shorts
Shorts were one of the many things that I never liked to wear. I used to worry about being too pale, too big and too short. If let my inner mean girl win, I would never have worn a pair of shorts. I learned to hush the negative voices and instead focus on the positives. This has allowed me to wear shorts with confidence and style.
If you’ve ever felt too pale, too big or too short here’s how I overcame these objections to wearing shorts:
If you want to give your wardrobe a boost, yellow is the colour to add this season. It’s one of my favourite colours as it lifts my mood and creates a happy feeling whenever I wear it.
Yellow is one of the best colours to enhance blue eyes and make them stand out. Yellow is a fabulous choice for swimwear as it can give your skin a golden glow.
When it comes to prints, I find it hard to walk past floral. It’s so feminine and pretty. It’s fitting they happen to be perfect for the races, a wedding, high tea or a lunch with the girls.
Flowers come in all different shapes and sizes. This 2018 spring season you’ll see roses, colourful mixed bunches, tropical florals and vintage bouquets. Just like a fragrance, not all flowers give off the same scent or effect. A rose print can create a classic feminine look whereas a tropical print appears relaxed and fun.
Woo hoo! I wore my first ever jumpsuit!
There are a couple of jumpsuit drawbacks I should point out…
Choosing a jumpsuit for your shape
Jumpsuits are just like any item of clothing, you want to find one that suits your body type.
If you haven't already invested in a jumpsuit, now's the time to jump to it!
If you would like personalised advice on the types of jumpsuits, colours or styles that are perfect for you I have a range of style packages available. For more information on how to get started contact me today.
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