- Zebra print dress – JC Penney’s
- Grey cardigan – Old Navy
- Black leather belt – Target
- Grey knee socks – Target
- Black boots – Trotter’s
- Bison necklace – gift
You’d think that as a former zoologist, I’d own more animal prints than I do. This score of a zebra-print dress ($5!) combined with my leopard-print skirt brings the total up to…hold on, carry the 12 times the square root of -3…2.
Part of the lack of animal stylings has to do with my own reservations about animal prints. While I know they can be used in classy and classic ways, I tend to think of them not so much in this DVF sense:
(Diane von Furstenberg)
as I do in this DVF sense:
With avoiding looking like The Nanny in mind, I decided to keep the rest of color palate neutral with this dress. Grey and black are the dominant colors in the outfit, and the “in your face” of the zebra print is toned down by the coverage of the cardigan. There’s no question it’s zebra-print, though, and that makes me feel sassy!
I wore this to take The Rocket Scientist on a secret date to a big cheese festival for his birthday (if you’re new to the blog, the boy likes cheese. A lot. He even makes his own) – ’cause we party like we’re about to become lactose intolerant.
It wasn’t until after I got dressed that I realized that the combination of a zebra dress and a bison necklace is very appropriate for a cheese shindig, as both animals are ungulate grazers and so are the cows, goats and sheep that give us milk to make yummy cheese.
So there you go, theme dressing in a whole new and weird way. All I need now is the right pair of shoes…
Eh, maybe not.
For an interesting look at the place of animal prints in “investment pieces,” be sure to check out the discussion Katie started over at Scholar Style Guide.
P.S. I just noticed that Nina over at All Tumble Down recently did something similar with a leopard-print dress – neutrals keep it classy. And we both wore grey cardigans. We’re totally savannah twins.
P.P.S. This seems quite appropriate.