Hi, surprise. It’s me. With a roundup of animal print pieces. If you’ve been around here for any time at all, you know this is actually no surprise at all. I can’t help myself. It’s the rock-loving graphic designer in me, I guess.
I will always love a GOOD animal print. And the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has some good animal print pieces this year! *Not all animal prints are created equally. You might have seen some of these pieces in my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wishlist. But I wanted to dedicate a whole post to these rad pieces I love.
I’ll admit. As much as I AM an animal print person, I’m NOT a capsule wardrobe person. I’ve tried to actually attempt one in my closet, but I like options. So when I decided I’d put together a capsule-ish wardrobe post to assist in shopping this sale, I knew it needed options. And prints. Not just solid basics, my friends. Blammo.
We’ve got zebra print P448 sneakers, we’ve got two leopard print tops, we’ve got a green leopard Clare V tote, we’ve got snake print ballet flats AND a crossbody AllSaints bag. AND we’ve got a really rad tie-dyed sweatshirt that kinda looks like animal print. Oh, and let’s not forget the lovely taupe alligator boots.
This is not your average capsule wardrobe because I’m not your average gal. I do what I want…and what I want is interesting, fun prints! You might be saying to yourself “that’s too many animal prints in one capsule” and I say to you “you can never have too many, as long as they’re tasteful and amazing.” And these are… So. Well. Done.
A Note On How To Mix Prints…
OK, but capsule wardrobes are supposed to be easy to mix and match, right? Right. My only suggestion here is don’t wear two items of the same type of animal at once. Otherwise? Go wild. (Haha — oh puns, I love you.) If you’re starting with tasteful animal print already, you have to worry less about whether mixing it will work. I did, however, provide an array of solid pieces to break up the prints, including my very favorite AllSaints moto jacket ever in two colors (gray and oxblood!) and even one practical black moto trench raincoat because #portland. (I got you, fellow Pacific Northwesterners.) This collection might just convert me into a lover of capsule wardrobes after all, because if I could start over with this setup? Yes, I want to wear all of these.
01/ AllSaints Rufa Sweater: Cozy, a beautiful fall shade (hey fellow green-eyed mamas) and cool button details…yes, please. What a fab sweater from one of my favorite brands. I’d prob wear this daily with the black jeans and zebra sneakers.
02/ Halogen V-neck Camisole: Love that this is such a great price for a cute, wearable cami for date night or should I say…good takeout night on the porch. I love a cami layered over a white tee or under a sweater just because it feels silky and lovely.
03/ Tommy John Henley Tee: There aren’t many long-sleeved tees I’m really excited about these days, except a good henley. The added button detail just makes it more flattering and adds a little interest. I’d layer it under the cami or leopard tee for added warmth.
04/ J.Crew Leopard Print Ringer Tee: This is just adorable. A great print and so cute with the orange neckline. What a great addition to any closet.
05/ AllSaints Balfern Leather Moto Jacket: OK, I will wax poetic for a bit about this jacket. I have this exact cut, just in black and I couldn’t love it more. The leather is so soft and stretches out juuuust enough to fit perfectly with just a few wears. The moto details make this really badass. I love love this color for an interesting twist, but still a really wearable one. OH gosh — and I just realized it also comes in this deep burgundy color in the sale, too. Drool.
06/ Good American Good Waist Ripped High Waist Crop Jean: I think the whole team is excited about this pair of jeans. Apparently the little rip at the top shows a really subtle animal print peeking through. Cool! I love that it’s not over-the-top though. Well-played, Good American. Stoked to see how these fit.
07/ PAIGE Verdugo Raw Hem Ripped Skinny Jeans: I got this fit last year during the sale, and they are just so good. If you’re looking for a comfortable, great skinny jean to be able to wear with all your winter boots, booties, etc., these are a solid choice. I typically pair my lighter washes with lighter tops, and sweaters and jackets. These would look fab with the gray hoodie sweater and the gray moto. Then I’d add in the taupe alligator boots and the snake print crossbody. Top this outfit off with those amazing sunnies. YAS.
08/ Treasure & Bond Cotton Blend Hoodie Sweater: Cozy, cute go-to — so wearable and perfect for layering under the jackets.
09/ Treasure & Bond Tie-Dyed Cottonblend Sweatshirt: I cannot tell you how much I love this black and blue tie-dyed sweatshirt. It’s just so cool AND reasonable price-wise. It’s one of my top picks even though it’s ‘just a sweatshirt.’ I’d wear it all the time. I love the idea of it mixed with the zebra sneakers and black jeans.
10/ AllSaints Round Crossbody Bag: So so cute. AllSaints just does the coolest animal prints and leather pieces and cozy sweaters. They’re definitely one of my favorite brands in general AND that are part of the Nordstrom sale every year. It’s hard for me to narrow down which pieces of theirs I want!
11/ Marc Fisher Unno Bootie: This is just gorgeous. This capsule wardrobe needed a cool heel. This neutral but textured shoe adds another layer of interest to this collection but one that will literally go with everything. These look a leetle high for me, but I’d pop in a comfort insert to the toe area and just wear them for date nights…someday. I really want these.
12/ Blondo Camila Waterproof Bootie: Another top pick of mine! Love the buckles and the rad vibe of these, but the fact that they’re waterproof just puts them over the top for this Portlander. Can’t wait to try them out and let y’all know what I think! I’m hoping to try quite a few pairs of the Blondo boots. Sometimes their style online is hard to visualize how they’ll look mixed into my wardrobe, but stoked to give them a try!
13/ Quay Chrissy Teigan Jezabell Glitter Aviator Blue Light Blocking Sunglasses: The rose tint on these just makes me happy, and they just add that little bit of glam to this whole vibe.
14/ Clare V Simple Animal Spot Suede Tote: Gah. Love this so so much. It has a shoulder strap in the same great orange-red as the small crossbody version Linzi included in her wishlist.
15/ P448 Star Zebra High Top Sneaker: Well, don’t let this fool you that it’s towards the bottom of the post, because it’s one of my top picks. When it comes to sizing for this brand…I’m a solid US 8 and I wear a 38. If you’re slightly bigger than your recommended size though, I’d size up in these. If you’re looking for more of a running shoe style, Emily linked to some rad black & white Adidas in her wishlist.
16/ Corso Como Trishina Snake Print Ballet Flat: This is a really great, well-made shoe brand and these flats look awesome. I don’t wear a ton of flats, but if I do, I mean, give me snake print ones.
17/ Avec Les Filles Water Resistant Moto Detail Trench Coat: This coat is so good! It fits true to size AND has a lined hood! So cozy. It’s a great mid-weight raincoat with lots of fab moto & zipper details. It might be my favorite new raincoat. It’s only water-resistant though — but for Portland everyday running errands, etc., that’s just fine. Amazon has it at a lower price in some sizes right now, but if you’re already shopping the Nordstrom sale, just request a price match.
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Ah, I can’t even tell you how much fun this was to put together. Where are my fellow animal print lovers? How do you like to mix these kinds of pieces into your looks? Did I miss any pieces you’re loving from the Nordstrom Sale? I’d love to hear what you’re favoriting and snagging in the comments, animal print or not!
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