Essence Mag­a­zine want­ed to know how I wore Ani­mal Print. Lucky Mag cau­tioned “Look fierce, but don’t get too friend­ly. One touch is enough.”

In my world, Ani­mal Print is a neutral/staple, Ani­mal Print is a friend and Ani­mal Print is a lover.  The day that I took the­se pic­tures was note­wor­thy in that I was not feel­ing at my best. I was at the tail-end of a fierce break­out and some­one thought that my hair the way you see it here was a ‘don’t’ as in “So you woke up this morn­ing and left the house like that. You real­ly seri­ous about this nat­u­ral busi­ness huh?”

There was sim­ply no bet­ter day and I mean that seri­ous­ly.  Your best acces­so­ry with any bold look—CONFIDENCE! or as my aunt (thank God!) taught when I was a pubes­cent teen—heads high and shoul­ders back.  And so, I let my con­fi­dence bite back.

I didn’t intend to sep­a­rate Day and Night but I have 15 ani­mal print pieces and count­ing in my clos­et!  That was more than I had imag­ined.  Also, when I began, I had all inten­tions of strut­ting in var­i­ous pumps. But I had lived it up in church (in heels) already, and with all the neg­a­tive ener­gy post that, I just want­ed to be cool and me and as close to the good­ness of God’s green as I could get.

Here is my Ani­mal Print Look Book for Day­time.  I hope you do enjoy.

Look #1:  Skirt as dress — ROSS. Cropped Jean Jack­et — Wal­Mart
Look #2: Dress — ROSS, Gold flip-flops — Old Navy
Coral Tut neck­lace from Peace Images Jew­el­ry.


Look #3: Dress, But­ter­fly hair clips, ring — H&M, Tote — Victoria’s Secret, Jel­ly flats — My sister’s clos­et

Look #4:  Reversible Dress — Mid­night Vel­vet, Cropped Jean Jack­et — Wal­Mart

Stay tuned for my take on Ani­mal Print in the Night­time.  Do you like/love Ani­mal Print? Is one touch enough for you? How do you wear it?

Hi there, I’m Tynisha C. Leon, writer, West Indian, mango-lover, founder and Editor-in-chief of DASHEEN magazine — the online destination where culture feeds imagination. Join the culture chat on Facebook and Twitter! If you’d like to contribute, drop me a line here, I’d love to read/see your unique views! Bless up!