Finding Rules for Wearing Animal Print & The Magnificent 8

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Finding Rules for Wearing Animal Print & The Magnificent 8

I’m sure we all have our own rules for wearing animal print. If you even wear them at all. Our group of Magnificent 8 with women in 8 different generations decided to style animal prints. And I’m including some ideas from the three of us on how to wear them.

Quote of the day: “My success so far has only been won by absolute indifference to my future career.” Theodore Roosevelt

I’m sure Theodore did not mean anything related to style by this quote. But I’m going to extrapolate that it SHOULD mean that we really shouldn’t care about what others think of our outfits. Of course we do care. It’s only human nature. And it’s how we were brought up.

So, with that in mind, check out all of the inspiration you can receive from us and the rest of the women in the Magnificent 8 group. I thought it’d be fun to be sorta dressed like triplets since mom, Lesley and I all had animal print skirts. Yet all three of our skirts are very different…in color, in silhouette and in the print.

3 women styling animal print skirts


This is one of my favorite graphic t-shirts. It’s not easy to see, but it says “Don’t act your age, Own your age.”

And this skirt is one I’ve had for over 12 years. Yet I never wore it much because I always thought I had to match the colors in it (I’m sure I got that idea from my mother. Especially when you read what she said below). I wore it last year in our problematic item post.

Now that I’ve gotten over that idea of it needs to match, it’s so much easier to pair this skirt with absolutely anything. It would go with pink, red, blue, green. In fact, I can’t think of a color that wouldn’t look good with it.

Animal print skirt and a graphic tee

Skirt:Banana Republic ~~Jacket: Old Navy ~~Boots: A New Day~~~Necklace: Alison + Aubrey~~Purse: Aldo

My History with Animal Prints

I never really thought about the print much. I certainly didn’t wear it while I was working, but then again, I don’t remember seeing it much when I was shopping.

What I do remember is how I had one patient who said she would never allow her daughter to wear it. Even the pink versions. I didn’t understand her reasoning, yet it stuck with me all these years later.

Jodie’s Rules for Wearing Animal Print

I do see a lot of animal print down here in Sun City. More than I saw in Denver. So I can almost see where Lesley is coming from in her aversion.

That being said, I always like to see ANY aged woman have a little spunk and fun in her wardrobe. And my favorite rule for staying modern is to use dichotomy in outfits.

That means that although I’m wearing a skirt which is dressy, I added in a graphic t-shirt which is casual. On top of that I paired a statement necklace with the t-shirt. To me, these are all different kinds of styles yet they play well together.

Rules for wearing animal print and color


Adding black to leopard seems to be the color of choice for most people. I think it seems safe and easy. So that’s one way to start for most everyone.

But then I love how Lesley added the red elements. Especially the scarf over her head. She has a convertible car, so it’s a great way to keep the wind from over blowing her hair.

Older woman and rules for wearing animal print

Skirt: Chaps-thrifted ~~Top: Chicos~~ Shoes: Walmart ~~Scarf: ~~Necklace: Stein Mart~~Bracelet: Richlyn’s Creation ~~Purse: Stein Mart

Lesley’s History with Animal Print

Lesley is not a fan of animal print. Besides a couple of scarfs with subtle print in them, she didn’t have any. So she headed over to the thrift store so she didn’t have to spend much money on something she didn’t like. She found two animal print skirts that she could live with that were $10 each, so she narrowed it down to one.

Funny thing is they were on sale for ONLY $1 each, so she bought both of them. And she actually has decided she likes them both. Talk about never say never.

Lesley’s Rules for Wearing Animal Print

I love that Lesley said, ” I don’t think there are rules, short of ‘If you like it flaunt it’. I feel we need to be mindful of colors that flatter our personal coloring.  Gold tones are not good on me, but the cool grey, blue, black prints available now I will wear.

Yet she also states, “For myself I feel animal prints are too busy.  I will admit I like the skirt I found to style for this post. I guess my aversion comes from only fast/cheap women wearing leopard in the early 60’s and ‘has been’ actresses like Norma Desmond who was (gasp) 52!”

My how times change, don’t you think?

Black and rules for wearing animal print


My mom had the same idea as Lesley to pair her skirt with black. However, since black is not friendly to her complexion, she added the yellow top beneath it. Yet, even though she sorta chose the same colors as Lesley, she kept her accessories neutral too.

Charlotte did her favorite trick with the top and turned it backwards so it would cover more of her decollete. In a way, it almost matches her skin and looks nude.

As an aside, check out her interesting earrings. She’s had them for years and they don’t clip or go into a piercing. They just wrap around her ear.

An 80 year old with rules for wearing animal print

Skirt: Sharon Young-thrifted ~~Cardigan: Mom made it ~~Top: Mirasol turned backwards~~ Shoes: LifeStride ~~Necklace: ~~ Purse:

Charlotte’s History with Animal Print

My mom says that most of her animal print items seem to be accessories. Well, if you consider shoes accessories. Because she has at least 3 pairs of shoes. Along with 2 large handbags, several scarves, a couple of belts and necklace + earring set.

Then again she also has a sweater and a knit top. When she was purging for our move out here to AZ, my mom got rid of her leopard coat and her zebra reversible jacket.

Charlotte’s Rules for Wearing Animal Print

You know my mother is all about matchy matchy. So while she doesn’t remember hearing any rules per se she has her own ideas. She likes to combine them with the colors that are in the print.  Especially since they are considered neutrals.

That’s why she added in this black top even though it’s not the best color on her. Since there is black in the skirt, it is easy to grab something in the same color.

Rules for wearing animal print shoes
Rules for wearing animal print

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

The Magnificent 8

The Magnificent 8 is a collaboration among 8 stylish women from every decade of life showcasing our style one generation at a time. The mission of this collaboration is to show you just how ageless style is, how we can each dress however we’d like and in ways that make us feel fabulous. There are no age restrictions on style. So wear what you want, when you want, add a smile, and strut your style with confidence. And be sure to check out all 8 of these amazing gals!

Grace of Graceful Rags is representing teenagers.
Michelle of Michelle’s Pa(i)ge is representing the 20-somethings.
Roxanne of Glass of Glam is representing the 30-somethings.
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge is representing the 40-somethings.
Rena of Fine Whatever is representing the 50-somethings.
Eugenia of Age of Grace is representing the 60-somethings.
Lesley of Jodie’s Touch of Style is representing the 70-somethings.
And Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style is representing the 80-somethings.

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