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Animal Print- Blog Series Part 3

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Animal Print- Blog Series Part 3

Hello there! So sorry about missing last weeks post. I’m struggling a little with the old migraines…again, which is probably the most PG way I can articulate my frustration towards the situation. In my absence, we actually missed Water and Wine Wardrobe’s first birthday!

Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to…yea let’s not and say we did. However, I did want to make a little speech just to thank you all for being so loyal and supportive and kind throughout this tentative, wobbly, first year. I can’t believe that when I first started, I was doing 3 outfit blog posts every week! Yea…that lead to a breakdown…but that’s among the immense amount of information I have learned through the year, about blogging and the whole content creating process.

Who knows what’s in store next or how long Water and Wine will be around, but for now, I am grateful that you are along for the ride. Like I mentioned in my last post, it’s BYO wine tonight so I wish to raise a glass with you all in celebration of this first milestone. Cheers!

So, enough of the sentiments, let’s get down to business. In the last blog post, we really fleshed out what Water and Wine Wardrobe’s core philosophy is really about. You should have worked out if your wardrobe is drunk from having too much ‘wine’ or drowning from too much ‘water’ or maybe it’s the Goldilocks’ option and is just right. In which case, what are you doing here? Go teach a wardrobe class or something.

For the rest of us, we have already covered the featured ‘water’ piece for this episode as the slip dress. A must have in everyone’s arsenal. And we’re not done with it yet. I’ve been cheeky and snuck it into the ‘wine’ segment of this episode because I’ve got one last way of styling it to show you.

This tip is for both kinds of wardrobe issues.

If your wardrobe is drowning in too many ‘water’ basic pieces, you can shake things up by getting more creative with your styling and the different ways you can use each piece.

And my alcoholic, ‘wine’ – trend-driven gals, you could benefit from finding the versatility in your items to prevent the issue of having nothing to wear.

I’ve done a Houdini on this slip dress and made it look like a skirt by knotting an oversized tee over the top. Slip dresses don’t create a lot of bulk underneath so this could even work with a tighter fitting top. You could also try a crop top silhouette and add a belt where the top ends as another skirt and top illusion. Never have an outfit repeating moment again like the one from the Lizzy McGuire movie. “Okay, I may be an outfit repeater, but you’re an outfit rememberer, which is just as pathetic!” 90’s babes’ nostalgia right there!

The ‘wine’ trend for this episode is animal print. You might have been feeling like you’re on the Serengeti if you’ve been shopping lately. All different kinds of animals, from python to zebra, are available in everything from pants and tops to heels and accessories.

Coloured animal print has been prevalent this season as well, however, ‘authentically’ coloured animal print is classified as a neutral in the fashion world, believe it or not. The colours the patterns are composed of are tonally quite neutral which makes it easy to style and easy to incorporate into your pre-existing wardrobe. So as bold and intimidating as it may appear, this is a trend that won’t leave the rest of your wardrobe in the lurch and as a result, won’t leave you ‘wine’ ladies feeling as parched.

In saying all of that, this particular leopard print is very rich. So, toning it down with the t-shirt served an important aesthetic purpose; preventing me from looking like Shania Twain from the ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ film clip, which I actually wouldn’t even be mad at.

This particular print gives me grunge, rock chick vibes. So, I styled it with some black ankle boots and some fruit, naturally… and called it a day. Some red lips would have completed the look nicely, but hind site is a bitch, isn’t it?

This look might not be your style, but don’t let that scare you off from this trend. It can be incorporated into your style, depending on what animal you go for and how dominant the piece is in your outfit.

If you’re testing the waters (wink wink, nudge nudge,  a little pun for my ‘water’ favouring babes), maybe go for an accessory in a muted python print to see if you enjoy embracing your wild side.

Well, I’ve got a call on hold from my banana phone and a whole lot of fruit to eat, so I’m going to wrap this post up here. Hope you enjoyed the completion of the third episode of my Water and Wine blog series and I hope you finish off the rest of that bottle of wine in celebration of the blog’s birthday. Come back next week for a multimedia feast, as Velvet Wings Media and I have been working on a cool little video for you guys. Peace out! *Answers phone* “Hello Anna Wintour! Glad you liked the latest blog post…”

Love Hayley

Photography: Alexandra Mantoura

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