Rowr! The Power of Animal Prints

Like an animal. They may feel a bit brash and bold – especially if you’re used to choosing more demure colors and fabrics – but a pop of vibrant color and a saucy animal print are the easiest way to add a little stylish sass to even the most understated of outfits.

This week’s Goodwill gem is really one to go gaga over – neon hues and a snakeskin print might seem like way too much on one bag, but here, it actually works perfectly somehow. The bright pink and blue strips of color of broken up with a little classic black and white, which keeps the color from screaming out at you and becoming overwhelming. The snakeskin pattern, with all color interspersed throughout, starts to look somewhat abstract. The classic rectangular clutch shape and simple gold clasp add a hint of old-world class to this otherwise very modern piece.

technicolor animal print clutch
Bold this bag definitely is, but why shy away from a serious fashion statement? Brilliant contrasting colors and a playful animal print mean this is one accessory that’s sure to make you stand out in a crowd.

Play with a bevvy of beautiful styles. Putting together one ensemble doesn’t mean you have to stick to one specific style throughout. Since my fabulous new clutch is so modern and daring, I’ve chosen slightly more modest pieces to complete my look. A simple, stretchy, straight black pant is a piece that can anchor any outfit, and makes an especially good backdrop for anything really bright or bold. On top, a light, cropped, lacey top in an unassuming shade of cream contrasts nicely with the black and makes for a pretty, classic, all-around flattering ensemble that a girl could wear absolutely anywhere – but next to the ladylike lace and traditionally feminine feel of the rest of the outfit, my new snakeskin clutch really pops!

black and creme lace outfit
Contrast is the key to any truly attention-grabbing ensemble. Here, I’ve paired the edgier accessory piece – my glamorous new clutch – with a really classic but flattering outfit in black and cream to create a really polished, pretty, but still fun and interesting look.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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