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Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, animal prints are a huge trend right now. They were hot in the summer and even hotter for fall. You’ll see some sort of version at pretty much every retailer. The thing with animal prints, they’re kinda are always in, just how you wear them fluctuates. Which means now is a great time to get some pieces that will be super trendy now but also last in your wardrobe for years to come. Here are a few suggestions on how to shop and wear the trend:

Leopard Print

Leopard Print

Leopard: A leopard piece is the way to go If you don’t really think yourself as trendy but you like the trends.  Or, if you’re someone who hates the trend when they first come out, but then end up liking it once you see it all over (guilty!).  Leopard works really well for fall because its already set in fall colors with the browns, taupes, blacks and creams.  I suggest finding a leopard blouse in a soft flowy material.  You can dress up a pair of jeans or wear it with some white shorts for a late summer look.   Come actual fall pair with a boyfriend cardigan or with your fav moto/leather/jean jacket for a cool girl appeal.  A leopard blouse always works well for workwear too.  Be trendy by pairing it with a tie waist cropped pant in blush.  Once this of the moment trend dies down a leopard blouse will still work well in your closet especially if you’re just pairing it with a black pant/skirt for work or a dark denim for casual wear.  If you want something a little more trendy the oversized leopard print cardigans are huge!  Nordstrom’s version sold out but the one on Amazon everyone is grabbing.  I also really like the black and cream/white leopard prints as a take that not everyone is wearing…

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet - Express; Mules - Calvin Klein

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet – Express; Mules – Calvin Klein

 

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin:  Now snakeskin is like the uber-trendy trend right now.  So if you want to be in, then snakeskin it is.  You’ll see snakeskin right now in everything… I mean everything!  From trench coats to shoes to bags to joggers… snakeskin everything!  But, because of this, you can find some really cool pieces, like a red snakeskin printed bodysuit I picked up from Express which is a total fun twist on the trend.  What I recommend shopping for though, is a pair of snakeskin boots!  These are something that will work in your wardrobe for years to come!  For you regular trendy people, get an ankle boot.  Wear it with white jeans and a white tank for a wear now look and then wear it with black jeans and a black tee come actual fall.  For you super trendy folks, get a pair of tall OTK snakeskin boots! Wear them with a t-shirt dress or a band graphic tee and shorts for a late summer look.  Come fall pair them with a sweater dress and a trench or the classic leggings/tee/jacket combo.  Even wear them with a pencil skirt for a wear to work look.  For the not-so-trendy shop for a pair of snakeskin flat mules or loafers.  Just a pop of snakeskin that keeps you on trend but not by too much and a style you can wear to work to running errands to casual outings.

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties ;)

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties 😉

 

Zebra Print

Zebra Print

Zebra:  If you don’t want to be wearing the same trend as every girl on IG then zebra is the way to go.  Just as in as leopard/snakeskin but a little different, and a little harder to find so you’ll stand out in a different way.  If you want to be even more mega trendy, pattern mix it with other animal prints, I especially like it with a tiger print or giraffe print.  Right now shop for a slinky midi skirt in a zebra print.  The leopard version is all over the place, but a zebra print is a more unique alternative.  It’s really wearable and on trend with just a white tee and sneakers, but I would wear it with heels… you know me.  Come fall, throw on a denim jacket for weekend, a cardigan for work, or a leather jacket and black heels for a night out.  This Ann Taylor Zebra Print Skirt, it’s the perfect transitional piece plus it’s one you could wear 10 years ago and one you could wear in 10 more years.  With all these animal print pieces a nice fabric in a sophisticated style will allow you to get more wear out of the pieces for years to come.

Tee/Layered Necklaces - Avon; Skirt - Ann Taylor; Sandals - Marshall's

Tee/Layered Necklaces – Avon; Skirt – Ann Taylor; Sandals – Marshall’s

Fun fact about me, zebra’s are my favorite animal.  With that being said, I don’t really like a zebra print unless its done extremely tasteful.   That’s the trick to wearing animal print find it in luxe fabrics and fits that will read classy not trashy and then have fun with it with what you pair it with.  Now they become pieces that last beyond the trend!  What animal print pieces do you have your eye on?

PS:  I have a great neutral makeup look that works with all these looks, and transitions into the fall.  If you want to see more leave me a comment!

Fall Preview: The Trench Coat

There are a few things you can count on to be in style every season, every year.  The Classic Trench Coat is one of them!  This fall the trend is still that classic coat but dialed up a notch with trendy details.  Here are a few options to start your fall shopping with or at least pin onto pinterest to pick up once jacket weather starts to creep in.

mark. Classic Move Coat  $75

mark. Classic Move Coat

mark. Classic Move Coat

 

mark. updated the classic trench by making it black instead of tan, and added quilted leather detailing to the sleeves and shoulders.  Its still basic enough to go with everything but has enough interest to make it worth while!  I have a black trench from Express I got back in 2000 that is my GO-TO coat for fall.  Sadly, it has a rip in the back, but 14 years is a good run.  I will be replacing it with this coat.  Knowing how much a good black trench works for my wardrobe I’m pretty excited to replace it with this one.  Plus the mark. Classic Move Coat ($85) has a bit of that equestrian look with the faux quilted leather so it will goPERFECTLY with some riding boots! (available at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger starting Aug 8th)

Pinsperation on how to wear it:

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Pinspiration

Pinspiration

 

Ann Taylor Trench Dress $149

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor

Years ago Ann Taylor put out a sleeveless trench that had me OBSESSING!  I never picked it up and kick myself each September when a sleeveless trench would be PERFECT to ward off the slight morning chill and still look SUPER CHIC!  This year AT updated the classic trench by making it a sleeveless dress version.  This is my pick for wear now, wear later!  I love it as a dress or draped over as a vest.

Pinspiration on how to wear it:

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Pinspiration

Pinspiration

 

Burberry London Sandringham Leather Trim Jacquard Trench Coat $2495

Burberry London

Burberry London

The ultimate in trench coats, Burberry London has the classic trench DOWN, but for fall they updated it with a textured print.  I’m loving the luxurious jacquard print which really dresses up the look.  Jacquard prints are another trend shaping up to be big for this fall/winter.

Pinspiration on how to wear it.

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Pinspiration

Pinspiration

 

Whichever trend you want to embrace, leather accents, sleeveless or jacquard, a trench coat is NEVER a bad idea.

Derby Days

I’ve never seen a horse race in my life.  I’ve never even watched the Kentucky Derby on tv, but I appreciate the cult party its grown in to.  I do have one late night memory of my friends and I meeting up with these young Republican newbies trying to make their name on the political scene here in Sacramento for a post derby party complete with preppy boys and girls in sundresses.  That was a fun night but you know what’s even more fun… the hat’s!  So in honor of my love for redic hats, all things preppy and a good themed party here are my picks for some derby looks!

via Ann Taylor (shop the look)

Bright, Fitted and Flared

Bright, Fitted and Flared

via Brooks Brothers – They are the ultimate in preppy and quality, and for the fellas anything from the Great Gatsby Collection is a must!

 

Oversized Yet Dainty

Oversized Yet Dainty

Great Gatsby Collection

Great Gatsby Collection

via mark. Sunny Disposition Hat ($26) keeps it casual but chic!  Perfect with a sundress, a more wearable look for the everyday girl going to a backyard bbq for the derby.  (shop the look)

mark.'s Sunny Disposition Hat

mark.’s Sunny Disposition Hat

via LC Lauren Conrad – this would be my look (and my favorite) since I already own the dress 😉 now if only I could get those shoes in my size!  (shop the look)

Mint Derby Look To Match A Mint Julep

Mint Derby Look To Match A Mint Julep

and I would wear it with this hat!

My Derby Hat Pick

My Derby Hat Pick

I just love all the preppy and polished looks that come out for the Derby.  If you were going to the Kentucky Derby or even just going to a Kentucky Derby party what would you wear?  Maybe just for the fun of it I’ll wear a killer spring preppy and pastel outfit and force others to drink mint juleps just to have fun with the weekend!