A rare gem I encountered in the Inner Sunset?! This district of San Francisco is more known for its hipsters, SF lifers, scrubbed-up doctors and nurses, and Hong Kong descendants. But on this usually sunny winter day, I came upon … Continue reading →
Like I said before, how can animal prints be given the boot? It is effortless, yet chic, and it gives a great platform to build upon. In transit, I spotted this adorable young lady through my uncannily freakish peripheral vision. Constantly thinking about travel, style, and comfort, she nailed it. Although everything she had on was of a slim silhouette, she was ready for a flight, meeting family, and going out with friends in the same day if she wanted to! Her pink, buttoned-up blouse underneath that leopard-print jacket was perfection for any occasion.
I think I heard or read somewhere recently that Kelly Osbourne declared that animal prints would be out for 2013. I respect her sensibilities in fashion, but I would have to disagree with her this time. Animal prints are classic! They are as iconic and timeless as pearls or a LBD. Dolce & Gabbana almost base their existence to their odes to the leopard print. It is their signature, season after season, year after year, popping up as minimally or as fantastically in their collections as was the signature “Valentino Red” of signore Garavani’s when he was in house. Animal prints have been consistently associated with royalty, luxury, and fashion. So how could animal prints ever be given the boot?
Excuse me, I digressed a bit too far. My initial point of this post was to articulate how animal prints are much more fun when pairing them with colors other than the usual, black, beige, or even red. Animal prints can actually be deemed a neutral background or a punch of pizzazz just as certain ingredients in food can be the main star or just an undertone of a dish. Animal prints can be paired easily with a variety of colors, and this young lady I encountered at the Uniqlo in SOHO gives us a great example. The uniquely colored ink-blue, furry hat complements and creates interest to the tone of her leopard print coat.
Most men dress out of necessity, so it’s refreshing when you spot a man who uses their senses to reflect their personality into a style they can call their own. Men need to not be so afraid of color. And at the very least, allow for some pops of color here and there so as to not be drowned out by the depths of the monotonous male palette of black, grey, navy, brown, beige, and white.
This stud I ran into at the SF Autoshow had the right idea of casual cool. The burgundy pants gave him that edge, but wasn’t overwhelming; and pairing it with a denim shirt was a perfect choice to keep the appeal masculine. Shoes do make or break the outfit, and if he’d opted to go with black shoes, this style would have been thrown out the door! Brown leather would have worked as well, but he owned it with the beige shoes. Props.