It’s that time of the month when the Match Made in Seven bloggers collaborate on a new monthly theme. This month, our theme is How We Wear Animal Motifs. The topic was chosen by the super stylish blogger Emma of Style Splash. Since animal motifs in fashion have become common, we all breathed a sigh of relief at this theme as we all style animal prints. Just like all of you, right?
So what exactly is a motif? I have a general sense but explored the application a bit further. It’s a vocabulary word that transcends all of the arts, including design, literature, architecture, music, and the textile arts, which–you guessed it–includes fashion. Here are some specific examples of motifs in the arts:
- A recurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work.
- A dominant theme or central idea.
- In music, a short rhythmic or melodic passage that is repeated or evoked in various parts of a composition.
- A repeated figure or design in architecture or decoration.
In fashion, then, animal prints meet several of these criteria for motifs, including the dominant theme and a recurring pattern in a given piece.
Of course, the first animal print pieces were fashioned from real animals. Thankfully, recent uses rely on faux animal furs. Throughout history, animal prints have made a mark on the fashion world. Here is a brief history of animal prints in fashion.
Animal Motifs in Fashion
The History of Animal Prints
Animal prints and skins are widely believed to convey power to the wearer. It’s the current version of the “power suit!” Lol! Fabrics imitating the skins of animals were made into fashionable dress as early as the eighteenth century when elaborate silk designs emulating exotic furs were worn to evoke a sense of luxury and wealth.
In the 1930s, the Tarzan and Jane movies showed the main characters in revealing animal print costumes that made leopard and cheetah wildly popular. At that time, the most popular pieces were blouses, coats, and scarves.
In the 1960s, animal print dresses became popular after appearing in movies, and animal motifs continued to trend through the 1980s. In the world of high fashion, Dolce and Gabbana made animal prints their signature designs.
These prints continue to be part of our fashion culture and had a huge resurgence in the last several years. This is certainly evidenced by fashion shows, store catalogs, and your closet! I’ll bet you have quite a few pieces of animal print in your wardrobe. Whether it be a blouse or dress, or a pair of shoes, a scarf, jewelry or even a headband!
In terms of my closet, my selection of animal prints continues to grow, and today I’m sharing some of the various prints I’ve styled.
Leopard as an Animal Motif
Animal prints have become a fashion standard that we all style one way or another. Recently, we’ve even come to think of them as a neutral fashion piece!
What is THE most popular print? Leopard, of course. This pattern is available in almost any piece of clothing as well as luggage, dog collars and leashes, and home decor. I have a pair of leopard throw pillows I love. A friend of mine has the most beautiful leopard print carpet on her circular staircase!
Here is my favorite skirt, in leopard!
How about a couple of leopard tops? Oh, yeah…
Don’t you love the colored animal prints so popular now? This red leopard top is so unique.
A leopard dress? Styled with a sweater for a great fall look.
Leopard pants? Bag? Boots?
Yikes! I really do have a lot of leopard? I’ll bet some of you can top that, of course!
The Snakeskin Trend
Next is snakeskin. It took me a while to accept this trend, and then I received this pink snakeskin blouse from Trunk Club.
Then I picked up this snakeskin skirt.
And how about these snakeskin Western-Style booties?
Finally, zebra print. My latest acquisition is these loafers. They go with everything!
The latest trend in animal motifs is colored prints, like this zebra patterned skirt in taupe.
You can see there are so many ways to style animal motifs. And so many styles to choose from! Once again, nature does it best!
Thanks for sharing my journey in animal motifs.
Match Made in Seven shows How We Style Animal Motifs
Now let’s check out the lovely ladies of Match Made in Seven to see how they interpreted this theme!
What a wonderfully creative group of women! Be sure to check out their posts and amazing fashion sense and their take on How We Wear Animal Motifs!
Debbie of https://www.debbiestyleslife.
Darlene of https://aquamarinastyle.com/
Sonja of https://www.yustsome.nl/
Bettye of https://fashionschlub.com/
Anna of https://www.muttonstyle.com/
Emma of http://www.style-splash.com/
Nancy of https://www.