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!