Let’s talk monkeys, shall we? Better yet, let’s talk Cheetah, specifically the cheetah print. For as far back as I can remember leopard fur coats and cheetah print scarves were all the rage growing up. I’d see older ladies wearing them and I’d smile with envy at how glamorous they all looked. Here we are now in 2010, almost 2011 (YAY!!) and they still look glamorous and trendy as ever.
Funnily enough my intuition wasn’t all wrong. As it turns out the animal print trend is characteristic of status and wealth. Kings and royalty would use animal print rugs to symbolize status; a characteristic similar to the fur trend. And while it was somewhat of a popular trend in Europe, the cheetah print didn’t officially become fashionable in the United States until the birth of the Hippie movement, in the 1960s.
And while more than 40 years have passed, the cheetah print is trending all the runways. It’s always astonishing to me how some trends continue to get re-worked season after season, still looking fresh and new as if never been done before. Judging from the Paris, Milan and New York runways, animal prints in general – were all the rage.
What better ways to incorporate this trend than now for the Holidays?! There are tons of events coming up within the next few weeks (hello! Office Christmas party, duh!), and it’s the perfect time to add that cheetah print scarf or cheetah print heels you’ve always wanted to wear with that Little Black Dress! As usual, the best way to incorporate a trend is to do just that – incorporate it in your everyday outfit or special occasion one. All you need is one item that will set you apart and in with the trend. You don’t need to follow the crowd to be yourself. ;]
- Hurts So Good: Animal Print Band-Aids
- Ears To The Street: Foxy Hunt
- Ears To The Street: Fur Trend
- M.I.S.S. August 2008
- Ears To The Street: Style Without Borders