Ask The Bean: Taming The Tacky

November 27, 2010 • Magazine

Ask The Bean: Taming The Tacky

Ask The Bean: Taming The Tacky

Mon, 2000-11-27 07:00

Dear Bean,
Planned this season are holiday parties—one after another—and the ensembles I’m wearing are dark and all say, “Hey, I’m dull and have no personality.” I’m not looking to replace these pieces, but I want to add some spunk to them. I was thinking animal print, but I’m afraid if I even touch it I’ll go overboard. How can I wear animal prints without looking too extreme and cheap?

Tame the Tacky

Dear Tame the Tacky,

I get it. You want to channel your inner wild side with a little pizzazz. I mean we’ve done it with leather, lace and almost all things Madonna. Now it’s the animal print that’s crawling like a silent predator looking for the right prey—ensemble—to attack. Have control over this trend and it won’t be an enemy, but rather a new key accent in your closet.

When it comes to accessorizing, take your LBD and let your feet do the prancing with a pair of leopard (must I say sky-high) heels. Any accessory can be loud, because of its minimal space capacity, whether it’s shoes, handbags, jewelry or scarves. This print can run wild with a loud growl and not scare anyone off, but rather enchant others with your bravery.

This is a “screaming-out-loud” trend and must be done cautiously. Allow it to only peek out in the right areas and in the right print. If someone can spot your spots from 40 feet away, take it off. Find a blazer with a casual attempt to reenact a four-legged beauty with sequins in muted colors like browns and tans. If you’re looking into a dress, let it be a mystery from far, and only discovered up close which animal is it. In other words, I’m saying no loud prints.

If you plan to look like Julia Roberts pre-makeover in “Pretty Woman” disregard this, and do opposite of what I just said. If you want to be the next oh-so-daring Carrie Bradshaw, jot some notes down. If done correctly, there is no need to fear this trend. It’s not like it’ll bite, so they say.

1. Diane von Furstenberg Gracey Animal-Print Scarf $160
2. Christian Louboutin Dorepi 100 Leopard-Print Pumps $895
3. Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo Printed Calf Hair Pumps $880
4. Michael Michael Kors Python-Print Leather Wallet $120
5. Vivienne Westwood Red Label Sequined Crepe Leopard Bustier Dress $1870
6. Stella McCartney Python-Print Silk-Satin Dress $1475

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