This is the second of my series on wearing animal prints. As I mentioned in my last post, butterflies and horses are the this season’s darlings. Last time I talked about wearing butterflies so next up: horses!
Wearing horse prints is a little trickier. If you want to hit upon the real trend of today you will want to wear patterns that feature horses for horses sake alone. What do I mean by this? Avoid all themes that have to do with people using horses for the most part. I.e. cowboy related prints, equestrian prints , carriages, and also those where horses are intertwined with leather belts, gold chains and jewels… you know what I’m talking about! While these are fun looks in their own right, this is not what we are going for here. As well, unicorns don’t count, although they are obviously awesome in other ways ;). I’ve done a little searching and this is not easy to do in vintage but here are few fun options available on Etsy, mostly from the 70s and 80s:
Skirts & dresses:
Accessories are a great way to get the vibe too, and there are lots of lovely pieces that you can find on Etsy particularly scarves, purses, pins and belt buckles!
If you like to be a little different from the rest… go for donkeys! They are rarely featured I found out… so you might want to grab this amazing skirt!
And finally… in the end, I could not resist a few unicorns… wear these as you ride off into the sunset over spring time rainbows!
One of my favourite trends these days is animal motifs which takes “animal print” to a whole new and delightful level. This of course appeals to me as a biologist and serious animal lover! I find it sort of funny the way different animals seem to be in style each season or year, because to me, they are all pretty awesome. Previously birds and cats were all the rage (both of which appear to maintain some appeal), and for this season butterflies and horses seem to be the latest thing.
This post is the first in a series and I’ll start with butterflies for those of you who want to be at the forefront of the latest trends 😉 plus it puts me in the mood for spring!
Butterflies are easy. They are actually a recurrent staple though most of the last few decades and it is a snap to find gorgeous vintage prints. The best thing about going vintage for the butterfly trend is that you can get very unique pieces made from high quality and artistic patterned fabric. You can get skirts, dresses and tops quite easily.
Here are a few beautiful options on Etsy:
For something a little different but so beautiful and organic, look for butterfly wing prints:
& try going for large butterflies for a truly striking look:
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Finally, there is always the quintessential sequined butterfly top of the 70s to 80s. There are so many of these available on Etsy, you can find them in any colour! These things are all the rage and have been selling like hotcakes these days at La Gaillard. Be sure to get a vintage one… there are many newer versions out there and the quality does not compare. Look for ones made of silk and in India. Here are a couple to show you what I am talking about:
I have listed a few more clohing finds in an Etsy Treasury: Butterfly prints!
Last but never least, butterfly accessories are also tons of fun. Pins for example allow you to go butterfly with anything that you already have… I suggest wearing a couple at once for an instant flock!
And etcetera! I coud go on forever but I’ll stop after these 🙂