Winter is not winter without a little fur to warm the cockles and add a certain something to a Fashionista's assemble — in the Northern Hemisphere, at least. Given the fact that opulence and glamour has been shunned for the more politically correct recessionista chic of late, any form of fur (faux or authentic) has been frowned upon…or has it? Fashion is not a dictate of the state, thankfully. Fashionistas this season are rebelling in the best way they can — in an anti-establishment show of luxury and power dressing. The coffers for the wardrobe might be waning but when has that stopped a real fashion aficionado?
So in the face of adversity, Fashionistas have pronounced their undying loyalty to the exotic and decadent. Leopard and cheetah print remain on the forefront of fashion because of the prints’ versatility to be worn delicately or boldly. The print works well in a variety of colors, keeping it fresh and modern for women of all age groups. From belts to bags to boots, designers such as Rebecca Taylor and 3.1 for Phillip Lim went into feline frenzy for fall. Blugirl went as far as sending head to toe leopard print looks down the catwalk. And it worked because whether it’s an accent accessory or a full-on statement, there was a leopard piece that appealed to a wide range of women thanks to the many styling options.
When it comes to exotic animal prints less is always more, so be sure to wear only one powerful piece at a time for a uniquely exotic fashion statement. If you can’t splurge on the real deal, you’ll definitely be able to snag a fab faux find. I suggest donning subtle accessories like a leopard print bangle, belt or shoes. If your style is understated, this is a very chic option to try without going overboard. You can choose to wear one bangle or stack them up on your wrist. Add texture and dimension to a solid color blouse and cardigan when you pair it over a leopard printed belt. Try rocking a spotted pump or leopard faux trim bootie.
Admittedly, we really do want to flaunt some fur for the festive season. Designers such as Zac Posen, Moschino and Custo Barcelona went for a youthful kind of luxury, dipping plush fur and faux coats in eye-popping hues that every Fashionista needs in her style arsenal. As this Fashionista shows, this look works well with skinny jeans and booties for a casually chic statement, or belt the coat with a simple black sheath dress and tights for a more sophisticated twist.