Are you afraid of snakes, reptiles or wild animals? I am! But when they hang on my arm, or their likeness is printed on a dress, or on shoes, I love the look. The only time I could not go there was in the 60’s when there were bags made from small lizards or crocodiles with the head being part of the bag . Looking at me with their glass-button eyes, and showing their teeth reminded me too painfully that this once alive, agile creature had turned into a handbag. Looking as real as it did. it was even a little scary – was it really dead? Actually I prefer the imitations, at least I know that the lizard is still basking in the sun.
The look of skin, leopard and even zebra shows up on everything: coats, dresses, blouses, handbags, belts, scarves, shoes, even watch bands. So without going all out, you can pick one item in your wardrobe and replace it with the animal of your choice – and if you love the look, go for it and buy several items. A real plus is that it goes so well with black, something we all have in our closet.
Many of you won’t remember (but some of us will) that in the 60’s leopard coats and jackets were all the rage. Well, they are fashionable again. If you belong to the group who remembers, maybe you have one hanging in the back of your wardrobe? If not, look in a thrift shop? In the past years I have often seen them there, and always passed with a smile, remembering fondly the one I got as a birthday present one year. Do I still have it? No, when it went out of fashion, being practical and not wasting anything, I had it dyed black, and still wore it for many years.
No, you don’t have to go overboard, but maybe adding a bag, a pair of shoes, boots, a top, or just a scarf, will make you feel like you are part of the wild- life. Here are a few more examples to choose from.
Have fun with it and until the next time
STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST
Photos are from Harper’s Bazaar