Ask The Bean: Taming The Tacky

November 30, 2010 • Yahoo


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.

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