A recent trip to the world famous San Diego Zoo got me thinking: why do humans get to have all the fun with clothing? Okay, yeah, there’s the obvious “animals don’t wear clothes because they have fur and that’s natural and stuff and we just have skin and a little bit of hair,” but come on. It’s not like we don’t use their essential fur, throw it over our shoulders, and call it a coat. We don’t live in entirely separate worlds, fashion-wise. The debate around the ethics and morality of wearing fur has always been a discussion with no resolution, so instead let us switch gears to a more animal-friendly view. There’s no need to strip the hides off of little fuzzy fluffballs in order to gain sartorial inspiration from their existence.
Zebras = Black and White
Zebras could easily imply, well, zebra print, but I’m actually not a huge fan. Instead, I’d like to focus a bit on the black and white trend for the upcoming pre-fall season. See: Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, and 3.1 Phillip Lim, to name a few. There are endless possibilities when it comes to this classic color duo. You can do solid color blocking (ie., a white top with black bottoms and vice versa) or wear some totally rad ebony/ivory prints. The combo is very striking, bold, and graphic, so be sure to accessorize accordingly.
Cheetahs = Cheetah Print
And now for the obvious. There’s not much else that cheetahs could imply. Last summer in particular, the used-to-be-tacky-and-only-for-old-women-trying-to-be-young-again print got a fresh update and is now a hot commodity. Kelly Framel of The Glamourai is a huge fan; she considers it a neutral. That is some hardcore fandom. I’m afraid of the pattern myself except for in small doses, so that’s why I got some cheetah print Converse for a touch of party-time. You can go all out, like Kelly, or add touches of the animalistic print, like me.
Lions = Yellow
Yellow emerged as a trend for spring 2012, one which I embraced with fervor. Yellow is not widely accepted as a pretty or flattering color. It might be a little difficult to wear for some people, but if you wear it right, it can be quite beautiful. See: Sonia Rykiel and Matthew Williamson. Picking the right shade that compliments your skin tone is the key to wearing this interesting color. I don’t know how it became so neglected; it’s the color of the sun and its respective flowers, for one thing. Those are not so uncommon, yet wearing yellow is. If you wear it appropriately, everyone will thank you for doing the least-loved primary color some well-deserved justice.
Okapis = Print Mixing
Chances are you don’t quite know what an okapi is. For those of you well versed in exotic creatures, you’ll know that an okapi is like a cross between a giraffe and a zebra and it looks like this. Truth be told, it looks more like a gazelle than a giraffe fur-wise, but I won’t judge. This animal is doing some serious print mixing. Zebra print and brown is a bold statement for a rainforest mammal, I think. Hypothetically, let’s say that it did have traces of giraffe print on it (that’s another entity unto itself), can you imagine that intense combination? Zebraffe print? Whoa. Just consider that idea, think about it, take it out for dinner and have a nice chat, hug it, bring it to the beach, and maybe try it on for size. Literally.
Toucans = Neon colors
As Chictopians, we of all people are aware of the fact that neon had a massive moment in the past year or so in the fashion world. Whew! That one was a bit sore on the eyes in some cases (when people were essentially walking highlighters). If you’re not done partying it up with bright colors, look at our friend on a box of Froot Loops for inspiration. Or maybe not, because some toucans’ beaks are really much crazier than his, like this one’s.
Animals are our friends, too! And who know they were so fashion savvy?
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By Odelia Kaly