ACCESSORIES REPORT: Animal Instincts

Sometimes we party like animals, sometimes we work our outfits fiercely and sometimes we seriously channel our inner-animal, rocking fur, both real and faux. Fur has forever been a statement of luxury, sophistication and especially warmth. Taking a modern spin on the traditional trend, wearing animal head on, well, one’s head, has become a ferocious new statement.

This Fashionista’s love for all things wild has hit another level, sporting a fur hat, glove and scarf combination from LF. This animal hat is clad with ears and adds an element of fun and comfort. Tying into her fur theme, and channeling into her inner wild child, is her leopard print mini skirt.

Mixing hybrid layers, this Fashionista employs one of fall 2011’s most unconventional trends, layering a skirt over pants or leggings. As much as we may fear this avant-garde look, it’s true, the skirt over pants phenomenon is happening. Taking an age appropriate spin on this eccentric craze, a chandelier leopard print mini skirt is paired over black leggings to add an extra layer of warmth for her, would have been, exposed legs. While winter layers can appear bulky and sloppy, this Fashionista ingeniously transitions her favorite summer pieces into autumn and winter staples.

Keeping comfortable in the autumn weather, this Fashionista continues mixing layers, pairing a orange blouse over a black tank top. Adding one more neutral piece to the mix, an oversized, coffee colored knit sweater connects the variety of patterns, textures and colors. Finalizing her outfit with black studded combat boots, this Fashionista’s outfit screams comfort and sophistication.

With winter weather right around the corner, fur, in funky shapes and styles, is right up our alley. Especially with accessories like this Fashionsita’s, keep your head, neck and hands nice and warm, it is easy to channel your inner animal instincts and take a walk on the wild side. 

Spotted: Haider Ackermann presented a collection filled with jewel tones and leather peplums over tailored leather pants. Similarly, the fall 2011 RTW presentations of Balenciaga, Richard Chai and Vera Wang all dared to take the skirt-over-pants trend mainstream. Feeling chilly? Take your favorite mini and pair it with cigarette style pants for a runway ready, unconventional look.

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