SUMMER STRIPES IN THE CITY

If you’re an animal print aficionado like me, you know that they never go out of style. They come and go in different variations, but they’re always there in some capacity! This season we saw the rise of two big animal prints- cow print and my personal favorite, the zebra print.

The thing about zebra print is that it’s exotic. It’s global. It feels like a travel destination in itself and it definitely gets attention. While it may seem like a polarizing print because it’s loud and bold, it’s actually the quite opposite if worn right! You can even wear it to the office, outside the office, to a cocktail party, or to something as casual as brunch. That’s the kind of versatility I want in my prints and patterns!

Take this peep hole zebra print dress from Shein’s MOTF premium line. It’s playful, fun, and definitely feeling more like a fixture than a fad and I’m a fan. We all know zebra print in it’s classic black and white stripes, but the beauty of this print is that you can rock it in other colors as well, like this cool green palette.

I’m in tune to the fact that not everyone may be jumping head first into this trend. It can feel like a lot. They key is to dabble slowly in the trend; by that I mean try sampling a piece at a time. Maybe a head to toe look isn’t for you. Try a sweater paired with denim, or maybe a zebra print skirt with a graphic tee or a basic white tee. Accessories are also a great way to try out a trend. I love zebra print cross body purses or even a headband that can add pizzazz to any outfit.

This dress is SO summer-friendly, and I’ve already worn it out and about for a day of errands and ice cream with my kids. Normally I don’t do halter dresses because it’s not my favorite cut, but I really do love how this one feels and looks and love the peep hole and cut out detailing. It’s sexy and cute. I accessorized with a great straw hat and if you notice, even my earrings are straw too! For $5, they’re a steal.

I kept all the accessories nude/straw to soften the zebra print and keep it soft all around! The braided mules are such a summer hit and I’m loving these with a clear heel. Mine are sold out, but I’ve linked something similar here.

So here’s my take. The zebra print isn’t going anywhere, at least not yet. I expect to see palettes transition in the fall, but I’m looking forward to chunky zebra print sweaters and accessories like scarves are handbags. If you’re in a warmer climate, keep sporting the zebra print bathing suits. This one was a personal favorite from Target. They just never had my size!

Cant wait to see you all killing it in your zebra print wardrobe!

In Style,

Kathy